Ralph Buffmyer

Ralph Joseph Buffmyer, 96, of Mason, formerly of Walled Lake, MI, died Thursday, July 10, 2014 in Charlotte, MI. Ralph was born September 25, 1917 in Walled Lake, the son of Glen and Mary (Arts) Buffmyer. He graduated from Michigan State University, where he was the quarterback on the 1938 Orange Bowl Team. He returned to Walled Lake to work with his father in their Packing House before joining the National Guard and eventually enlisting in the U.S. Army and serving in the Pacific during WWII. During the war, he met Catherine Eugene “Gene” Robinson in Australia, and the two married and settled back in Walled Lake to raise their family. Ralph then went to work for Sealtest Ice Cream Co. When the company sold to Kraft, he went to work in his life-long passion, harness racing. He and Gene moved to a farm in South Lyon, where he managed over 20 horses, and sold Real Estate on the side. In their later years, they moved to Mason, MI, to be closer to their children. Ralph was an active Rotarian, serving as President of the Walled Lake Club, and was very active in the Chamber of Commerce and the Harness Horse Association. After his wife’s death in 2012, Ralph moved to Hope Landing in Charlotte where he spent his two remaining years. Ralph is survived by his children, Laraine (Dan) Matthews, Ray (Deb) Buffmyer and Louise (Chris) Holman; grandchildren, Jeffrey (Beth) Brainard, Kerry (John) Verdi, David Matthews, Allyson (Jeremy) Robinson, Andrew (Ashlee) Holman and Aaron Holman; and great-grandchildren, Joseph Brainard, Sydney and Cameron Verdi, and Audrey and Cooper Robinson. The family will request a Mass said in Ralph’s memory at St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte, MI.