September 16, 2019

Peter H. McNamara

Died Oct. 10, 2018


Peter Harold McNamara, 54, passed away peacefully at his home in West Branch on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. He had lived in West Branch since 1999, formerly of Sunfield.

Pete was born Dec. 16, 1963, in Livonia to Harold and Janice (Ruh) McNamara. He graduated from Lakewood High School in 1982 and attended Ferris College where he received a degree in HVAC. Pete enlisted in the Michigan State Police in August 1988 and graduated from the Michigan State Police 104th Recruit School. His first post assignment was in Reed City and later he transferred to the West Branch post. Pete served 19 years at the West Branch post as a trooper, detective sergeant from 2012-2015 and desk sergeant. He met Andria Sather and they married in West Branch on April 4, 2001. Pete attended Ogemaw Hills Free Methodist Church and was a member of the Optimist Club in West Branch where he served as president, the Cardinal Club in Prescott, Sons of the American Legion, Moose Lodge and the West Branch Chamber of Commerce. He was vice president of the Surline PTO and was a yearly organizer of the Surline Color Run. He also was involved with the Northeast Community Foundation, Toys for Tots and Shop With a Cop. Pete worked part-time at Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Home as an assistant from 2007-2018. He was always staying active in the community and helping others. Pete enjoyed hunting and going to hunting camp, football, any types of pie, and most importantly spending time with his grandchildren and family.

Pete is survived by his wife, Andria McNamara of West Branch; daughters, Stephanie (Allan) Miller of West Branch and Jennifer (Jason) Pittenger of Clio; grandchildren, Juliana, Tanner, Ryan, Emma and Autumn-Lea; mother, Janice McNamara of St. Joseph; sisters, Maggie (Joe) Dolezal of Dundee and Jean (Jim) Carow of St. Joseph; brother, Michael (Gordon) Higgins of Jackson, Fla.; and several nieces, nephews, in-laws, friends and co-workers. He was preceded in death by his father.

Visitation at Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Home in West Branch will begin Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, from 1-8 p.m. The funeral service will be Saturday, Oct. 13, at Ogemaw Hills Free Methodist Church, 3480 W. M-76, West Branch at noon with doors opening for visitation starting at 11 a.m. Pastor David Kurtz will officiate.

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