Brian Albert Chivis

May 30, 1968 ~ March 11, 2023

​Brian Chivis, age 54, of Wyoming, passed away suddenly in his sleep on Saturday, March 11, 2023. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 22 years, Jennifer; sisters and brothers, Linda Chivis, Gary and Jeanne Chivis, Dennis Chivis, Diane Heibel, Yvonne Chivis, and extended family; he was regarded very highly by all of his many nieces, nephews, friends, and their families. Brian was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Maxine Chivis; brother, Fred Chivis Jr. He was proud of his Native American heritage and was a member of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi. He was a member of Grand Rapids Lodge #34 Masonic Lodge in Grand Rapids, MI. Brian was a graduate of Godwin Heights High School and Grand Valley State University. He enjoyed coaching high school football and was a volunteer coach at Kelloggsville High School. He was a diehard U of M fan. Brian was the Grand Rapids director for the Inter Tribal Council of Michigan Head Start from 2003 to 2018. He served his family, friends, and community well throughout his lifetime and his wit and charm will be greatly missed. The family would like to thank all the kind well wishers. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2023 at 1:00 pm at MKD Funeral Home, 4031 Clyde Park SW, Wyoming. Relatives and friends may meet the family on Saturday from 12:00-1:00 pm prior to the service at the funeral home. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Shriners Hospitals for Children,

Saturday, May 13
12:00pm - 1:00pm

MKD - Wyoming
4031 Clyde Park Ave. SW
Wyoming, MI 49509

Phone: (616) 534-5417

Memorial Service
Saturday, May 13

MKD - Wyoming
4031 Clyde Park Ave. SW
Wyoming, MI 49509

Phone: (616) 534-5417

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June 05, 2023 10:09am
I am crushed to hear of Brian’s passing. I never met him, but I know he took great care of my best friend, Jennifer. Jen, I am so sorry we lost touch, but I love you, and I’m so so sorry that you lost your human. If you need me, please reach out. Condolences to Brian’s entire family.

- Karin Kaupin-Rupp

April 01, 2023 1:52pm
Many sleep but not forever. Brian was a first cousin to me, I did not really know him well but I do remember his birth and knew of the good works that he was accomplishing. Because I am the oldest grandchild of Roy Chivis, there was 31 years between us. I knew him basically only on Facebook. We led different lives seperated by different states but he was family and I loved him.

- Barbara Sulainis

March 31, 2023 2:24am
Brian(ba) was a good man and respected educator. He served the head start program for many years as its Director. The youth of Western Michigan were better because of his efforts. I enjoyed my time working with him and send my sincere condolences to his family and friends.

- Steven Naganashe Perry, Ph.D.

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