Although he was a recipient of many awards, Margret DeBruyn said he was probably most proud of recognition from the State of Michigan.
“I don’t think he worried about all the accolades, I think he just worried about doing things right,” Margret DeBruyn said.
Phillips said she learned a lot from Bob DeBruyn in the 12 years she’s been with DeBruyn Produce.
“I’ve never experienced anyone that had that much knowledge,” Phillips said. “People who did business with him were lucky because he had all the insight.”
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Maxine DeBruyn; his daughter, Margret DeBruyn; sister, Linda Pynnonen; brother, David DeBruyn, and many grandchildren, Margret DeBruyn said.
“His family and grandkids were really important to him,” Margret DeBruyn said. “He loved spending time with his grandkids.”
Margret DeBruyn said the most important lesson she learned from her father is to live life to the fullest.
“You live every moment you have. He certainly did,” Margret DeBruyn said.