Born On: December 27, 1951

Passed On: February 07, 2018

Bruce Robert Baetzel

Bruce Robert Baetzel age 66 was born on December 27, 1951 to the late Edward and Mary K. Baetzel and passed away on February 7, 2018.  Bruce is survived by his two daughters, Megan (Jonathan) Blake and Kelly (Tanner) Darcy; grandson, Owen Darcy, along with the “mother of my children” and dear friend, Patsy Fortenbacher. Bruce had a huge heart that was filled with love for his dogs, his daughters, and anyone that had the pleasure to meet him. He was a father, a friend, a pirate, and a sailor. He lived his life to the fullest with no apologies. He loved the feel of the wind in his hair, whether it be in a convertible or a boat. He was the life of a party, told amazing stories, and had an infectious laugh. Bruce gave the best hugs.  He never failed to make everyone he came across feel special with a hug, a kiss, a compliment, or just a wave in passing.  He spent the majority of his life owning and operating the South Shore Marina in Whitehall with an open door policy, as well as music and laughs for all visitors.  According to his wishes cremation has taken place and private family services will be held. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed to Harbor Hospice.

16 thoughts on “Bruce Robert Baetzel

  1. Mimi Gillen Singleton

    As a child and young man Bruce was full of life and fun. As an adult he faced problems with-out loosing his positive out-look.
    I will miss his enthusiastic greetings each summer when we crossed paths.
    RIP dear Bruce

  2. Mimi Gillen Singleton

    Bruce was a kind and loving person. As a child and young man he was lively and fun loving. As an adult he faced his hardships without ever losing his smile and positive out-look.
    We will miss seeing him at the lake each year and miss his happy greeting when we met.
    RIP dear Bruce.

  3. Sidonia Todd

    To my very special friend Megan: You have so many similarities inside you that are your father! One I’ve felt is that special hug! It warms my heart that you can reach inside my heart and warm it. You resemble his kindness and that is such an important asset in your personality, that I love and admire! I’m so sorry and I promise to continue to pray for family peace! Amen, I say to you!

  4. Mary Lundell

    Our sympathies to you girls, Bruce was always a special person to both of us! He lived life to the fullest, the ups and the downs. He will be remembered as a kind, loving man. He was always friendly, always a smile. He loved you girls so much and was so proud of both of you. We hope your good memories give you some measure of comfort.
    John and Mary Lundell

  5. Dorene Maple

    My husband, Jerry Thomas, and I enjoyed Bruce’s company at the Dock Side. We looked forward to the weekend so we could ride by in the pontoon, listen to music and have a glass of wine and some great food. He was always so generous with everything, always willing to turn a sprinkler on for the kids or the dogs. I have pictures of the beautiful place he had there and loved taking friends over. We have missed his company in the past few years but he is always in our hearts.

  6. Bobby Brown

    Condolences from both myself & brother Dean. We had some fun together when we were kids & they had a house near us on White Lake. I was fortunate to have received one of those Bruce hugs a few years ago when we ran into each other at The Lakeside Inn boat launch. He was in a wetsuit installing docks, & I was in a dry suit going diving. Sure looked funny, but it was heartfelt & totally Bruce!

  7. Jodi Walukonis

    Bruce called me several months ago to share his new address in Roosevelt Park… and we figured out it was the same house I lived in as a child! It was so good to talk to him. He was a good friend in our youth. We reconnected in Sarasota decades later. We visited his mom, Mary, in hospital. Bruce told me in recent years that while his actions did not always provide the results he looked for, his intentions were always good. His happy, huge heart will be with everyone he loved forever. Rest in peace, dear friend. I miss you.

  8. JoAnne Roosevelt

    JoAnne Roosevelt
    I was always grateful for your help with the boats and for going with me to get our butterfly . I will miss your greetings on my walks … was always happy to see you Bruce and loved our brief exchanges on my walks.
    Sleep well, dear Bruce. We will miss you.


  9. Andrea Mojzak

    You don’t normally get to pick your family, but sometimes you do. I’m honored to be part of the Baetzel chosen family. White Lake will never be the same.

  10. Greg and Caryl Ozar

    A great description of the man and his life! Bruce will be forever remembered and missed by those that knew him as a friend.


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