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Michael McClellan

June 15, 1955 November 12, 2020
Michael McClellan
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Obituary for Michael McClellan

Michael John McClellan, 65, of Ortonville, Michigan passed away surrounded by his family Thursday, November 12th, 2020.

Mike (aka The Garagefather) was born June 15th, 1955 to Asa and Gayle McClellan in Royal Oak, Michigan. Mike started working for the City of Ferndale in 1974. His dedication to his career and providing for his family kept him there for forty six years. He had his mind set to retire in June of 2021.

Mike and Carol met in Ferndale at the Unisex clothing store in 1973. Carol knew from the minute she saw him she was going to marry him. They married in 1976. The rest is history. Forty seven years, four kids and eight grandchildren later he will be tremendously missed.

Such a hard working, loving, committed man there is no end to the amount of people whose lives were touched by Mike.

He is survived by his wife Carol McClellan, daughter Karlie Sawdon (Ryan), son Michael McClellan (Andrea), and daughter Kelsey Nelder (Alex). His seven grand daughters and one grandson. Alexia McClellan (Ryan), Faith Sawdon (Karlie), Taylor McClellan (Ryan), Evelyn Sawdon (Karlie), Sophia Sawdon (Karlie), Ayden Nelder (Kelsey), Greylynn Nelder (Kelsey), and Ryan McCllellan (Michael). His Mother Gayle McClellan. His younger brothers Rodney, Scott, Chris and Craig McClellan. Mike also recently found that he has a third and eldest daughter Keri Billings, he was very much looking forward to getting to know her and her family. Mike was predeceased by his son Ryan McClellan 2017 and his father Asa McClellan 2020.

The McClellan Family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers through this difficult time. A memorial service will take place at a later date.

God saw you getting tired
And a cure was not to be
So he put His arms around you
And whispered “Come to me.”

With tearful eyes we watched you
As you slowly slipped away
And though we loved you dearly
We couldn’t make you stay.

Your golden heart stopped beating
Your tired hands put to rest
God broke our hearts to prove to us
He only takes the best.

-Frances and Kathleen Coelho-


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