Traverse City Record-Eagle


May 14, 2013

Emerald A. Magee

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 its retirees group as well as a member of miscellaneous retirees groups; a life member of the Tracker Club in Buckley; and a member of the Prostrate 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 Traverse 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, son Charles, daughter-in-law Holly, brother Marshall, sisters Josephine Montgomery, Amelia and an infant child.

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 on line guest book at

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

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