Traverse City Record-Eagle

May 15, 2013

Emerald Magee

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — TRAVERSE CITY — Emerald A. Magee, 85, of Traverse City , died Saturday, May 11, 2013, at his home.

Emerald was born on Sunday, May 15, 1927 to the late Lewis D. and Stella (Coon) Magee in Boyne Falls. He served our country as a member of the U.S. Army during World War II. He married the former Marlene J. Mang on Saturday, Sept. 8, 1951, in Goshen, Ind.

Employed as a machinist at Cone Drive, Emerald retired on June 1, 1989, after 33 years of service to the company. He was an active member and Past President of the Geneological Society of Traverse City, past chairman and member of Local 21 UAW and it’s retirees group, as well as a member of miscellaneous retirees groups, a life member of the Northwest Michigan Engine and Thresher Club in Buckley and a member of the Prostate Cancer Support Group. Emerald was an avid bowler, a sport he enjoyed tremendously. Emerald is survived by his children, James of St. Helen, Valerie (Edward) Deloy of Travese City; a brother, Hershall (Judy) Magee of Alden; and a sister, Fannie Udell of Traverse City. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Linda, James, Sherry, Justin and Samantha; and several great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife Marlene on Oct. 6, 2003; an infant child; a son Charles; daughter-in-law, Holly; brother, Marshall; sisters Josephine Montgomery and Amelia Magee; and a grandson, David.

Visitation for friends and family will be held beginning at noon Thursday, May 16, at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. The funeral service will follow at 1 p.m., also at the funeral home, with Pastor Justin Grimm officiating. Burial will be in Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Cherryland VFW Post 2780.

Please share your memories with the family by way of Emerald’s online guest book at

The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.