Farming Rural 12

Leroy Udell

February 9, 1932 ~ November 27, 2019 (age 87)


Leroy Frank Udell, 87, of Mancelona, passed away on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at Meadow Brook Medical Care Facility in Bellaire.

The son of Frank and Zella, he was born in Bellaire on February 9, 1932. He married his wife, Marilyn (“Muggs”) on February 14, 1950.

Leroy grew up on his family farm in Alden. He worked on Old Mission Peninsula, was a milkman, and then worked at Lamina until he retired after 40 years in 1995.

He was a simple man who worked hard for his family.  He enjoyed sharing stories with his friends and family next to his barrel stove in the garage.  He loved finding humor in life. He also understood the importance of family values. Family members and friends would stop by the family farm and were always welcomed with open arms.  Snowmobile, tractor, four-wheeler, and side-by-side rides were some of the past times he enjoyed with his kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids. Leroy loved all things John Deere (tractors, hats, shirts, suspenders, pajamas, you name it, he had it).  He took great pride in his garden, which he and Marilyn tended to every summer. He also enjoyed watching Detroit Tiger games and sitting on his porch with Marilyn. For 69 years they were inseparable and were a beacon of love for their family.  

He is survived by his four children, Jean (Jim) Lazar, Frank (Vicki) Udell, Sue (Lee) Malone, and Jim (Stacy) Udell; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Marilyn Udell.

There are no services planned at this time.

Arrangements are in the care of the Mancelona Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.  Please sign his online guestbook at

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