Clarence Russell ‘Buzz’ Brisson

MARQUETTE, MI. – Clarence Russell “Buzz” Brisson, age 84, of Marquette, entered eternal life on Monday, September 1, 2014, at his home, in the loving and comforting care of his family and caregivers of Lake Superior Hospice.

Buzz was born April 18, 1930 in Marquette, a son of Maxim and Florence (Martin) Brisson, and was a lifelong Marquette resident. At age 14, Buzz joined the workforce, helping to support his family, working for Campbell Cement Block Company in South Marquette. In 1951, he entered the US Army, serving during the Korean Conflict, and attaining the rank of corporal. Following his honorable discharge, Buzz returned to Marquette, working for Cliff Dow Chemical and then at the Mather Mine. In 1953, he married Donna Calhoun and together the couple made their home in Marquette. Buzz then began a long career as a jobber selling automotive parts, mainly with the Champion Spark Plug Corporation. In 1966, he married Eleanor Sicotte. For many years, Buzz enjoyed being an entrepreneur in land development. He loved the outdoors and purchasing and developing land was something he greatly enjoyed.

Buzz retired in the late 1980’s. His hobbies and special interests revolved around his grandchildren, going to his camp on Big Shag Lake, hunting, and riding the woodland trails.

Buzz is survived by his children, Robert (Nancy) Bittrolff of Denver, CO, Mark (Jeri) Brisson of Gwinn, and Russell (Sonja) Bittrolff of Parker, CO; his grandchildren, Andrew (Kayla) Brisson, Jesse (Melissa) Brisson, Daniel Brisson, Nicholas and Michael Bittrolff; great-granddaughters, Emma and Madison Brisson; his special companion of 34 years, Nancy Paavola and her family; his sisters, Dolores (James) Fitzpatrick and Maxine Wertanen both of Marquette; many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Buzz was preceded in death by his brother and sister-in-law, Ronald and Betty Brisson; and a special uncle, Fred Brisson.

The family will receive relatives and friends at the First Baptist Church on Thursday, September 4, beginning at noon until the time of service at 1:00 pm. Pastor John Karvonen will officiate. Buzz’s grandchildren will serve as escorts. Burial will be made in the Holy Cross Cemetery with veterans’ honors accorded by the American Legion.

The Fassbender Funeral Home is serving the family where condolences may be expressed online at fassben