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June 5, 1965 - October 23, 2023

A memorial service is being planned for Saturday, December 9, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at Unity of Kalamazoo, 1204 Whites Rd., Kalamazoo. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Unity of Kalamazoo, in c/o the funeral home.

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Age 58, passed away Monday October, 23, 2023. Brian was born in Lancaster, PA, on June 5, 1965, the son of David and Sandra (Stover) Kristen. Brian loved playing his drums, whether it be playing with his high school band, “The Invasion,” drumming encouragement to the marathon runners as they raced by, or just playing along with his favorite heavy metal bands. He also loved listening to all kinds of music, everything from Van Halen to Barry Manilow. Besides drumming he loved singing karaoke, watching Big 10 basketball and football, especially the University of Michigan teams. He also enjoyed cooking his special spaghetti and German potato salad. Brian was an outstanding soccer player. In 1983, Brian was selected to be on the All-State high school soccer team. He worked for many years as a graphic designer in the printing industry. During his employment he was voted Employee of the Year. At age 35, he won his hard-fought fight with brain cancer, and joined the annual Relay for Life event in Kalamazoo as a survivor for many years following. He also served as a volunteer at West Michigan Cancer Center. Brian was a kind and gentle soul. He had a wonderful sense of humor and had the ability to make people laugh. He will be remembered as someone who was always willing to help out. Brian was preceded in death by his father. Brian is survived by his mother, Sandra Kristen; brothers, Andrew Kristen, Jeffrey Kristen; niece and nephews, Cameron, Oz, Macy, and Shae; Saturday, and countless friends.