Frank J. DeGrendel

April 08, 1935 - February 27, 2019

Frank J. DeGrendel of Tustin passed away Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at Samaritas Senior Living in Cadillac. He was 83.

He was born April 8, 1935 in Detroit, Michigan to Frank Leo and Yvonne Marie (VanScheanuheault) DeGrendel and they preceded him in death. On August 25, 1956 in St. Clair Shores, Michigan he married the former Burnelle J. Renehan and she preceded him in death on October 15, 2018.

Frank attended Wayne State University while working at the family business during the day and also raising a family. He earned his bachelor’s degree and worked as a commercial architect for many years. Mr. DeGrendel also earned his Structural Engineer license.

The family began coming up North, recharging their batteries and camping on their property. Over time a cabin was built and then a house. About ten years ago Frank and Burnelle moved into the home they built permanently to enjoy a life of peace and solitude in their retirement years. He enjoyed movies and literature with depth and subtle humor. He had a wide range of interests, from being fascinated with history to scuba diving with Burnelle.

He is survived by his children: Dan (Chris) DeGrendel of Dublin, Ohio, Dean (Donna) DeGrendel of Woodstock, Georgia, Glen (Diane) DeGrendel of Commerce Township, Michigan, Adele Simonis of Monticello. Georgia; 15 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren and a brother, Henry (Karen) DeGrendel of Rochester Hills, Michigan.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by a son, Gary DeGrendel in 1991 and a brother, Raymond (Beverly) DeGrendel.

Cremation has taken place and a private burial will be held.

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