Brent William Pastuschyn, 45, of Richmond, entered eternal rest Sunday, June 19, 2022. A devoted husband, loving father, caring brother and son, and compassionate friend, he will be greatly missed by all who were blessed to know him.
Brent was born August 20, 1976, to William and Donna Pastuschyn. His bright smile and quiet demeanor were a guise to mask his competitive drive which drove him early into sports. A graduate of St. Clement High School, class of 1995, Brent was a standout on the football field which carried him to the Superior Dome, playing defensive tackle for the Northern Michigan University Wildcats. His fondness for that ‘superior’ wooden structure made for as much a homecoming as any visit elsewhere. As one would expect, a last name like his would be met with some resistance by coaches and teammates. He quickly became affectionately known as ‘Pasty’ - an ironic choice for a “Troll” in the heart of the UP who had no idea what that delicacy was until he moved to Marquette.
While at NMU, Brent met Sarah (Bruce) and the rest is history. They were married October 16, 2004, and began a life together that brought them to Richmond.
This love for sports and competition carried into parenthood as well. He loved watching Luke and Ryley in all their endeavors: baseball, softball, football, volleyball, basketball, cross country, etc. His enthusiastic cheers were only matched by Sarah’s, in which case there was no competition. And we think he was okay with that. He loved them far beyond the field and court, and was always eager to demonstrate how much so.
Outside the home Brent was a devoted project foreman at Pro-Line - a paving and road construction company that was more like family than most would expect from a job with long days, hot conditions, and tight timelines. But as his boss and best friend, Ben Jones, can attest, Brent put his whole heart into his work and loved his job, as difficult as it was sometimes.
In fact, this concept of family was central to who Brent was. His twin brother Brian can confirm that it was the core of how he communicated, the decisions he made, and how he loved. Family and friends meant everything to him. If you knew Brent, you know that when he spoke to you, it was as though he was your biggest cheerleader, and that what you were doing was the most important thing to him. When you shared, he listened with all his senses so that he didn’t miss a single word. And this was not easy, but it was his way of making sure you knew how important you were to him.
Lastly, and most importantly, Brent was a man of incredible faith in his Savior, Jesus Christ. Brent lived his life knowing that Jesus is who He says He is. His faith was beyond attendance on Sunday; it was a gratitude that is expressed in word and in action. And as he is before his Savior now, honoring Brent means acknowledging this saving faith in Christ. Brent joins his grandparents, John and Josephine Pastuschyn and Leo and Shirley Kraemer, and his father-in-law, Gerald Bruce.
For us who grieve him on this side of heaven, we celebrate and remember his life. He is survived by his wife, Sarah, son, Luke, and daughter, Ryley, his parents, William and Donna Pastuschyn, twin brother Brian, mother-in-law, Rita Bruce, brothers-in-law Peter (Hope) Bruce, Greg (Dana) Bruce, Brandon (Amy) Bruce, Bob (Julie) Bruce, and Larry (Karen) Bruce, and sisters-in-law Emily Bruce and Anne (Pat) Lieberg. Brent was also loved by many aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.
Sarah would like to extend a special acknowledgement of gratitude to their close friends, Ben and Angela Jones. They have demonstrated exceptional generosity in this time of grieving and heartbreak for Sarah and her family.
Family and friends are invited to call on Sarah and the rest of Brent’s family for a visitation held from 3:00-8:00 p.m. with a rosary service at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, June 24, 2022 at the Rewalt-Peshek Funeral Home, 68655 Stoecker Lane, Richmond, MI 48062.
The funeral Mass will be at 11:00 a.m. with a visitation from 10:00 a.m. until the time of Service on Saturday, June 25, 2022, at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 68035 Main St, Richmond, MI 48062. Brent will be laid to final rest at the Richmond Cemetery immediately after the Mass.
It is asked that, in lieu of flowers, contributions and memorials be made toward Luke and Ryley’s college education.