Daris Henry Braden Jr.

Daris Henry Braden Jr. was born on October 30, 1956 in Monroe, Michigan. He was one of four children born to the union of Daris Henry Braden Sr. and Ressie Mae (Reece) Braden. Daris graduated from Monroe High School with the Class of 1975. He was employed as a stocker at Meijer store for ten years before retiring in 2011. Daris had previously been employed at Benckiser in Rockwood, Michigan and Jefferson-Smurfit in Monroe for twenty years.

On March 1, 1980, Daris, wed the former Sandra Cardwell at Grape Missionary Baptist Church in Monroe. Daris became a loving father to Sandra’s daughter, Julie, and the couple were later blessed with a son and another daughter.

A music lover, Daris enjoyed listening to classic country tunes and gospel compositions. A talented musician in his own right, he played the acoustic guitar and sung gospel songs alongside his wife. Daris liked to tinker with electrical gadgets and was very handy around the house. He loved to challenge his family to a game of baseball or basketball and was also a skilled pool player. Always the designated driver, Daris enjoyed long road trips to Kentucky to visit family.   He had a great appreciation for all of God’s creations, spending many hours navigating through the wilderness with his trusty compass in hand.    A gentle soul, Daris’s positive outlook and generous spirit were contagious.

Daris Henry Braden Jr., age 65, of Monroe, Michigan passed away peacefully on Monday, May 2, 2022 at ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital. His passing was preceded by his parents; his wife of twenty-eight years: Sandra Braden; a grandson: Christopher Anthony Haefler; an infant brother: Douglas Braden; a brother: Kenneth Braden; one sister: Loretta Ellison; and beloved canine companion: “Sadie”, a Spitz Terrier.

To cherish his memory, he leaves his son: Michael Daris Braden; two daughters: Marsha Ann Brock (William Nagy) and Julie Marie (Anthony) Haefler; two grandchildren: John Michael Haefler and Joshua Robert Haefler; seven great grandchildren: Tana Ann Jarvis, Alexa Jade Haefler, Jakoby John Michael Haefler, Maddyson Jewell Haefler, Adryanna Marie Haefler, Shayla Kay Rosa Jarvis, and Deegan Wayne Jarvis; a close friend: Terry Wolfenbarger; and feline friends: “Midnight” and “Star” whom Daris adopted.

Friends may gather for a Celebration of Daris’s Life at 2:00pm on Sunday; May 15, 2022 at the Salvation Army Monroe Corps Community Center, 815 East First Street, Monroe, Michigan 48161. The service will be immediately followed by a luncheon and fellowship also at the Salvation Army.   His care has been entrusted to Merkle Funeral Service, North Monroe, 2442 North Monroe Street, Monroe, Michigan 48162 (734) 384-5185. Cremation has taken place through Covenant Cremation of Erie, Michigan.

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