Obituary of Joseph Cheney
Joseph Glennon Cheney was born on March 28, 1938 in Detroit, Michigan. He one of two children born from the union of the late Glennon Cheney and the late Evelyn (Overstreet) Cheney. Joe met the love of his life, Judy Murphy they were married on October 17, 1964. From this union came the birth of their one son. As a family, they moved from Detroit to Newport in 1979.
Joe enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserves in 1956 and was honorably discharged in 1962. To support his family, he worked at General Motors for many years as an Assembler until he retired in June of 1997.
He was a family man: a loving husband, caring father, adored grandfather and great grandfather and a hero to them all. He was loving and selfless, but also very quick witted. A “do it yourself” kind of guy with many projects. He was a person who would give you anything you needed if he had it.
A true “Harley Man,” he loved to be on his motorcycle. He enjoyed boating, fishing, snowmobiling and being outdoors. He loved to bake and was known for his cornbread, soup beans, fried potatoes. He never forgot the pepper in the buttermilk for an extra kick.
Joseph Glennon Cheney, age 79, of Newport, Michigan, passed away at 1:30am on December 2, 2017 at Four Seasons Nursing Center in Westland, Michigan. He is preceded in death by his parents.
To cherish his memory, he leaves behind his wife: Judy Cheney; his son: Timothy Cheney; his grandchildren: Katie Cheney and Hunter Cheney; his great-grandson: Tucker Yoas; his sister: Judith (the late Anthony) Drumsta and many extended family members and friends.
Friends may gather on Sunday, December 3, 2017 from 2:00 until 8:00 pm and on Monday, December 4, 2017 from 1:00pm until a celebration of his life at 5:00 pm at Merkle Funeral Service, 2442 North Monroe Street, Monroe, Michigan 48162 (734)384-5185. The service will be beginning with Military Honors and then will be officiated by Pastor Mike Gilbert. In accordance with the families wishes, the services will conclude in cremation.
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