(Meredith/WNEM) – A Mid-Michigan woman passed away in a single-car crash and her partner died just an hour after hearing the news.
The couple leaves behind a huge family who is attempting to manage the abrupt catastrophe of losing them both.
“They had a great deal of love for each other,” stated Rick Niemi, the couple’s boy. “Everybody felt in one’s bones them as Barb and Ron. Everyone knew they were together. You didn’t truly see one without the other.”
Barbara Butler and Ron Niemi were long-lasting buddies. They had 9 kids, 25 grandchildren and more than 35 years of love.
“They were the type of individuals that would leave a mark on anyone they ever met,” Rick Niemi said.
Last Tuesday, Butler crashed her car at the crossway of Bay Port and Camboro Roadway in Huron County. That crash cost Butler her life and broke the hearts of her family.
“It simply feels like it’s not real yet,” Rick Niemi stated.
He is the middle child. He took a call from his father the night his mommy died.
“He told me about my mother. His last words on the phone were, ‘I do not know exactly what I’m gon na do.’ I stated, ‘I enjoy you dad. I’m going to be there quickly,'” Rick Niemi stated.
An hour later, his sister provided him another call.
“I stated, ‘Jesse I know. I know about mama. I’m on my way.’ And she stated, ‘no, it’s dad. He just collapsed. The ambulance simply took him.’ That was, in my head this is unbelievable,” Rick Niemi stated.
Ron Niemi didn’t make it. His last words were “I do not know exactly what I’m going to do without her.”
“It’s not been easy. Nothing about this has actually been easy, however I believe my mom and dad are really happy right now with the way that we’re dealing with things,” Rick Niemi stated.
The 9 children left want to share a message with their moms and dads.
“Mom, daddy, if you’re listening, know that we enjoy you. We constantly love you. We’re never gon na forget you. Thank you for whatever you’ve provided for us,” Rick Niemi said.
A GoFundMe page has been created to assist with funeral costs.
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