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Edward Francis McElmeel

July 30, 1939 December 11, 2020
Edward  Francis McElmeel
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Obituary for Edward Francis McElmeel

Edward Francis McElmeel (81), of White Lake Township, passed away on Saturday December 11, 2020. Ed was born on July 30, 1939 to Mary and Patrick McElmeel in Detroit, Michigan. He spent his youth in Lincoln Park and graduated from Boysville High School in 1958. Ed joined the military at the age of 20 and was stationed in Germany when the Berlin Wall was being constructed.

He met his wife Patricia Yuhas in 1965 and the two were married at St. Stephen’s Byzantine Catholic Church on May 27, 1967. The couple moved to Allen Park where they raised their four children, Edward Jr., Christopher, Timothy and Nicholas. Ed was a devoted husband and father. Sports were always a part of his life and he passed on that passion to his kids. He spent hours playing basketball with them in the driveway, coaching them in baseball, and teaching them to ski. He coached his youngest son Nick in Special Olympics and remained involved until his passing.

He worked at Ford Motor Company, where he began his career in the mailroom and eventually become a draftsman. Later in his career, he spent several years at the Wixom Assembly plant, consulting with line workers to help improve production efficiencies. He eventually moved back to the Ford Dearborn location where he finished his 36-year career at Ford.

Ed loved to travel and took his family on many road trips. The family would spend summers driving across the country in their Ford Econoline Van, staying at campgrounds and motels from Maine to Texas.

Ed was an avid golfer and skier and even at the age of 81, he still managed to regularly enjoy both sports. Just one day prior to his passing, Ed was on the golf course with his buddies. At least once a month, he and his brothers would play a round of golf and enjoy a few laughs and countless memories.

He adored his five grandchildren, Thomas, Jacob, Aaron, Ava and Matthew. Whenever he visited them, a smile would stretch across his face and there was no other place he’d rather be.

Two years ago, Ed was diagnosed with Leukemia and was given only a short time to live. However, his doctor offered him a trial treatment option that proved successful and quickly put Ed’s Leukemia into full remission. It was his hope that someday this new treatment might help children and elderly Leukemia patients who are not able to undergo traditional chemotherapy treatments.

Ed would always tell his children how proud he was of them. His mission in life was to make sure he provided for his family and that his kids could pass on that same love and devotion to their kids. He was a role model not only to his children but everyone he came in contact with. His easy-going nature and selflessness made everyone he met feel special. He will be truly missed by the countless people he touched but hopefully he will remain an inspiration to everyone who knew him.

Edward was preceded in death by his parents; Mary and Patrick McElmeel, and brother; Dennis McElmeel. He is survived by his wife; Patricia, sons; Edward, Christopher, Timothy and Nicholas, grandchildren; Thomas, Jacob, Aaron, Ava and Matthew, daughter-in-laws; Paula, Michelle and Kelly, his brothers; Michael (Patricia), Patrick (Joan), John (Shawn), William (Pamela), sisters; Maureen (Bob) Emerick, Mary Ann (Dave) LaVoie, Susan (Charles) Seychel, Margaret, Teresa (Michael) Murphy, Kathleen and Rose Marie (Michael) Holliday, and many nieces/nephews, cousins, and in-laws. He is laid to rest at All Saints Cemetery in Waterford, MI.

Donations can be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at:


Event Information

Services are private.

Cemetery Details


All Saints Cemetery Final Resting Place

4401 Nelsey Rd.
Waterford, MI 48329

4401 Nelsey Rd. Waterford 48329 MI
United States

Memorial Contribution

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society


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