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Jerald Lee Updegraff

Jerald Lee Updegraff passed away unexpectedly on March 18, 2020, at the age of 62. He was born in Milwaukee, WI on June 9, 1957 to Jerald Dean & Joan Marie (Houseman) Updegraff. Jerald serviced his country in the Armed Forces. He is survived by his brother Ron (Valerie) Updegraff. Jerald had a good voice and enjoyed singing. Following his wishes, cremation has taken place. While visiting Jerald’s webpage at www.mccowensecord.com please sign the guestbook by lighting a candle, and/or sharing a memory with the family. Arrangements being made by McCowen and Secord Funeral Home; Marshall & Gren Chapel in Plainwell, MI.

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Ronald H Updegraff Jun 9 2021 2:09 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Jerald Updegraff

Your brother Ronnie Apr 1 2020 12:50 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Jerald Updegraff

Cheryl (Williams) Lewis Mar 31 2020 7:24 PM

Hey Jerry, your cousin Cheryl here, it's hard to believe you're gone! I have so many great memories during the time I was following you around and listened to your music. We had some great times, many of which we'll keep to ourselves but boy they are some good ones! You had the kind of voice that I could listen to all the time, in fact I think one of my favorite memories is, mom and dad were going out one night and for some reason didn't trust us home alone, so I begged you to come sit with us and even bribed you with lasagna, of course you came and when you found out later on that it was chef boyardee omg, lol,you were so mad, but you stayed. You truly were a great person, all anyone needed to do was ask you. I wish we could've gotten together one time at least and that's what make this even harder, that's no longer an option. I will forever love and miss you cuz, until we meet again:revolving_hearts::revolving_hearts: sing loud and proud!!

Cheryl (Williams) Lewis Mar 31 2020 7:20 PM

I met Jerry in the early 80s. He was such a nice guy...its been many years ago, but Ive always remembered him and that beautiful voice. RIP Jerry

vicky st john Mar 28 2020 11:10 PM

Jerry Lee was my older brother, he was a very kind and considerate person who would help anyone that needed it without fail. Jerry loved his music and traveling with the band, I remember many time's traveling to different cities and state's just to listen to him sing he had the voice of an angel. Just like any other family we had are up's and down's and fought a lot but what brother's don't. As you get older you learn to appreciate thing's more and learn what life is all about. People go in different directions have families of their own and that's where I lost a very good brother, but always remember this one thing I never stopped loving you. Jerry you were the best brother a guy could have I will always remember the good and bad time's we had of course mostly good, I remember going up north to Robert's lake every summer, fishing, waterskiing, horseback riding, traveling to Maine to see you graduate from the Coast Guard as you loved the water, and your love for music both writing music and performing you were one of the best I ever heard with a beautiful voice. Now your in the Lords hands singing beautiful music in heaven bet mom's glad....lol. JERRY I WILL ALWAYS MISS YOU AND LOVE YOU and can't wait to catch up with you, mom, and dad. All my love, All my life your brother Ronnie

Ronald Updegraff Mar 28 2020 2:59 PM

My name is Carol Kennedy and Jerry Lee was my cousin. I have so many fond memories, we grew up in the same neighborhood! As we grew up, I remember going to neighborhood bars and watching Jerry sing, oh what a voice!! My fondest memorie is when Jerry came to my house and we sat in my basement bar and I wouldn't leave him alone until he sang "journey" for my kids so I could show them how much he sounded like Steve Perry!! Even though we haven't connected in a long time he was always in my thoughts! To Ronnie and Val, u did what u could but he was his own man, God bless you both! To jerry, u have that party and share that beautiful voice!! Love you!

Carol Kennedy Mar 28 2020 1:35 PM

This is a pretty generic obituary so I'm going to tell everyone a little bit more about this man. Jerry loved to fish, play guitar, he had a voice that could reach heaven. Used to talk about the time he spent in the coast guard and how much he enjoyed being out on the water. He was the kind of guy that would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it more. He was my father figure for over 20 years and there was never a time that he let me go without. I always had shoes on my feet and my tummy was always full. We didn't always get along all the time but what family does. Some things happened and because of those things we did not speak for the last nine years. I regret not being the bigger person and just reaching out. I'll always have love for you in my heart old man. Thank you for being such a big part of my life and helping to make me the person I am today.Rest in heaven and give grandma Joan and Seymour a big hug and kiss for me. See you on the other side.

Jennifer Pinks Mar 26 2020 3:24 PM

Mine too!

Jennifer Pinks Mar 26 2020 1:02 AM

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