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Charles W. “Bill” Brief, 67, of Midland, passed away on March 22, 2021 at MidMichigan Medical Center.  He was born to the late Gilford and Agnes (Boehnlein) Brief on May 27, 1953.  He married Lorraine Eaton on February 7, 2014. 


Bill worked for Dow Chemical as an operator for 33 years retiring in 2009.  He enjoyed traveling, watching the Detroit Tigers, and he loved cooking.  He was an avid hunter and fisherman.  To Bill family was the most important and he loved everyone.


Bill is survived by his wife, Lorraine, children Nicholas (Erica) Brief, Jason (Sarah) Brief. Michael Spakowski Jr., Crystal Ward, grandchildren Lindsay, Elizabeth, Brittany, Jordan, Tyler, Jillian, Cadence, Michael III and one great granddaughter Adalynn.  He is also survived by his siblings Joseph (Gayla) Brief, Stephan (Robin) Brief, Michael Brief and Patrick (Tammy) Brief.  Bill was predeceased by his sister-in-law Debra Brief.


The family of Bill would like to thank the nurses and doctors, especially the cancer and radiation doctors, who took such good care of Bill, you were truly amazing.


A funeral liturgy will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, March 26, 2021 at Our Lady of Grace Church with Fr. Daniel J. Fox, OFM Cap officiating.  Friends may visit with the family at the church on Friday from 10 am until the time of service.  Burial will take place at Homer Township Cemetery. 


Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Our Lady of Grace Parish or American Cancer Society.


Smith-Miner Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Brief family; to share a special memory please visit www.smithminer.com.



Condolence Messages

  1. Linda Heinrich

    07 April 2021 5 months ago

    To Bill’s wife, children, grandchildren and other family members: I was so sorry to learn of Bill’s illness and passing. We worked together at Dow and I always remember Bill as a hard worker and a kind man. Since those days, I would enjoy times running into him at the store. Always good for many minutes of catching up. Your family is in my prayers.

  2. Denis LaVier

    02 April 2021 6 months ago

    In junior high Billy and I decided to go across the road to see who was the toughest. Needless to say the fight was on. I have to admit that Billy could really chuck wood. There was a big crowd and traffic stopped. Three guys got out of their car and stopped the fight. After that Billy and I became friends and we both agreed that were glad that the fight was broken up.He will be missed. My prayers are with his family.

  3. Sheryl (Doede) Van Norman

    26 March 2021 6 months ago

    Bill – You will be dearly missed, my friend. Heaven has gained another angel. Lorraine and family – my deepest condolences to you all. May God’s Comfort be with you.

  4. Larry and Sherry Martin

    26 March 2021 6 months ago

    To Family of Bill. We are very sorry for your loss. Bill was a great guy and he will be missed. Larry and Sherry Martin.

  5. Maureen Griffin

    26 March 2021 6 months ago

    My thoughts and prayers for the family. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  6. Rodney Orvis

    25 March 2021 6 months ago

    Bill was a great man. we use to hang out years ago.Blls family may GOD be them in the time of hardship.

  7. Lorraine Brief

    25 March 2021 6 months ago

    No more pain my dear husband, you fought a hard long battle, you tried to keep some of it inside but mainly I am forever greatful to be by your side through it all, no matter what. I still need you so much and I know you’re watching over me. You are now with “Mother” in which you prepared for. Until we meet again, I LOVE you very much!! Your loving wife Rainy in which you called me ❤️❤️

  8. Duane & Brenda

    25 March 2021 6 months ago

    Lorraine & family, Brief family & extended families:
    Sadly I didn’t have the pleasure of meeting Bill, but by all the stories, special moments shared and so much love – I feel like I at least knew the kind of man he was and he will live on in your hearts/memories. Heartfelt sympathies extended to you. Keep your treasured times close, comfort, support, and love each other not just today but always. Heaven has gained another angel, never to be forgotten. Until we meet again………..RIP Bill ~ thoughts and prayers~ Duane & Brenda xoxo

  9. Cadence Ward (Munch)

    25 March 2021 6 months ago

    I love you papa! I’m going to miss all of your jokes, filling in the coin books together, you always singing your “champion” song whenever you beat me in a game, the quad rides, going to the shooting range, teaching me how to cook, and me always having to teach you how to do things on your phone or computer. You always knew what to say to people to brighten their day. You’ve had a big impact on my life and you’re going to be missed so much. I hope you “Have a sparkling good day.” Many people will miss that saying of yours. I love you!

  10. Kristy Dana (Bill Hierholzer's daughter)

    25 March 2021 6 months ago

    Condolences & prayers from the Hierholzer family. We sure have a lot of good memories and have heard some hilarious stories about all the shenanigans you and my dad used to get into! Now the Bills are reunited up there… good thing Maude is there to keep them in line! Hugs, prayers & much love as you grieve your loss. ❤🙏

  11. Connie Sprague

    25 March 2021 6 months ago

    Bill was such a character at work. I always enjoyed his drop off to the lab, except for the smell. He always had a chemical that smelled like skunk on his boots. Always good for a funny story or quick wit.

  12. Melissa Zanke-Detwiler

    25 March 2021 6 months ago

    I worked with Bill for a few years at Dow. I remember when I first started there, Bill was making a big batch of spaghetti for lunch and I thought it was for everyone to share. I soon found out that it was HIS lunch. I had no idea that a thin guy like Bill could put away that much food. Over the 3 years we worked together, I came to realize that his appetite wasn’t just for food; it was for life.

    My condolences for all those he left behind. I’ll tip back a cold one for you, Bill.

  13. Dawn (Orvis) Aho

    25 March 2021 6 months ago

    So sorry for your loss. Bill was always such a fun guy and a good friend to our family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  14. Kathryn Montgomery

    25 March 2021 6 months ago

    Bill will always be remembered for his kindness and awesome sense of humor. Deepest condolences to his dear wife and family.

  15. Lynn Wharton

    25 March 2021 6 months ago

    We are cousins. For some reason as kids we called him “cheater Bill”. Don’t remember why. A great man from a great family. He will be missed.

  16. Maliha Syed-Cruz

    24 March 2021 6 months ago

    Bill was an amazing man.I remember going to Nana and Bills house with Cadence when we were kids and riding the Quad, feeding the bunnies, or Making pizza for dinner! One memory I have is when we were making pizza ,we were cutting the toppings and I cut the pepperonis and he came by me and grabbed a piece and told me he had to make sure it tasted good so I grabbed a piece of the ham he cut up and said well I have to make sure it tasted good and we both laughed.Bill would always make me and cadence laugh all the time when we had sleepovers at their house.Bill and Nana would always treat me as family and I’m so thankful .I will be keeping my memories of Bill extra close to my heart and will be sending prayers to his family.

  17. Amber Cruz

    24 March 2021 6 months ago

    Bill you are an amazing person you always made me smile and laugh. We could talk forever about the Tigers, the kids, 401k life in general. You always sent me a personal message on my birthday. You will not be forgotten and definitely will be missed.

  18. Naomi Waynee

    24 March 2021 6 months ago

    My deepest sympathy to the Brief family.

  19. Steve and Deb Cronkright

    23 March 2021 6 months ago

    Bill was best man at our wedding 48 years ago and a very cherished friend. Rest In Peace, love you Goose!

  20. Brittany beevers

    23 March 2021 6 months ago

    Papa, I love you. Words can’t describe how much I’m missing you. You were so loving, caring and such a blessing to this family. I will cherish all the moments we spent together. You knew how to make people laugh, with all your funny jokes. We will never forget those. Me and adalynn will never forget about you. Your a memory that we will always keep in our hearts.

  21. Crystal Ward

    23 March 2021 6 months ago

    I love you so much 💞 you fought so hard! We made some really great memories ❤️ Munch is ok n she is going to keep making you proud!!

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