Wendell Harwood

Obituary of Wendell Marvin Harwood

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Wendell Marvin Harwood was born on December 19, 1934, in Carleton, Michigan. He was one of five children born to the union of John Harwood and Gerturde (Hastings) Harwood.

On February 9, 1954, Wendell married the love of his life, the former Virginia Lozon. Together the couple were blessed with three daughters and a son.  Wendell was a proud member of the UAW Local 723 and provided for his family by working in production for the Ford Motor Company for over thirty years prior to his retirement. 

Wendell was a member of the Detroit Beach Boat Club and enjoyed spending time on Lake Erie fishing for walleye and perch. He often took boat trips to Cedar Point or sailed to Ludington, Michigan during the fall to fish for salmon on Lake Michigan. For over fifteen years he played guitar and sang in a country music band.  A very talented woodworker, he enjoyed making his own fishing lures. His true woodworking passion came out while using his scroll saw for intarsia.

Virginia worked many years at La-Z-Boy which required her to travel across the United States.  Wendell accompanied her on many of these trips in their mobile home. The couple visited Tennessee, California, Arizona, Mississippi, and North Carolina.  Later in life they spent many of the cold months wintering in Webster, Florida.

Wendell Marvin Harwood, age 89 of Maybee, Michigan passed away on Thursday; February 1, 2024, at Beaumont Hospital in Wayne, Michigan. His passing was preceded by his parents: John and Gertrude Harwood; a daughter: Brenda Marie Harwood; three sisters: Delores, Phyllis, and Almira; and brother: Courtland Harwood.

To cherish Wendell’s memory he leaves his loving wife of sixty-nine years: Virginia Harwood of Maybee, Michigan; two daughters: Jeanne (Norman) Fournier of Belleville, Michigan and Judy (John) Connolly of Monroe, Michigan; a son: John “Jack” Harwood of Hillsdale, Michigan; three grandchildren: Jason (Sarah) Harwood, Lindsay (Chris) Smith and Craig (Audrey) Harwood; six great grandchildren: Preston, Bradley, Kenis, and Beau Harwood, and Mason and Sawyer Smith.

A Celebration of Wendell’s Life will be held at a later date. His care has been entrusted to Merkle Funeral Service, North Monroe, 2442 North Monroe Street, Monroe, Michigan 48162 (734) 384-5185. Cremation has taken place through the on-site crematory, Covenant Cremation of Erie, Michigan.

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