Mel Underwood, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, left this earth Tuesday morning, January 30, 2024, to embrace the presence of his Savior, Jesus Christ, and his firstborn daughter, Rebecca Jane. Mel was also predeceased by his father Milton, twin brother, Milton, and mother, Rosalie (Kishalonis) of Grand Rapids, MI. Mel is survived by his loving wife, Iris; daughter Kelly Underwood Rozmus; son-in-law Steve Rozmus; grandson Amulen Rozmus; daughter, Ruth Kathleen Underwood and grand-dog Lily.

Born November 8, 1946, in Detroit, MI, Mel and his family including siblings Milton, Mary (Dibble), Miles, and Mark, grew up in Grand Blanc. There, Mel and his twin brother spent weekends at Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club as caddies.

The Milton and Rosalie Underwood family enjoyed summer vacations in Presque Isle, MI. There, they visited their paternal grandparents Milton and Bessie who owned and operated Presque Isle Lodge. There’s nothing Mel and the Beauter/Underwood cousins enjoyed more than water skiing on Grand Lake, and their crash-up derbies in the Lodge’s backwoods.

Mel’s parents moved their family to Grand Rapids his senior year in high school. A member of the Varsity Club and basketball team, Mel graduated from Forest Hills High School in 1964, and from Central Michigan University in 1968 where he met his future wife, Iris O’Brien. They married January 24, 1970, and raised three beautiful daughters.

The Mel Underwood family established their home in Warren, Berkley, Plum Borough, Pennsylvania, Detroit, and Addison Township, MI. Meanwhile, Mel supported his household as an award-winning salesman for Proctor & Gamble, Industrial Fuels, Gerlinger Equipment Co., and C.D.C, based in Cincinnati, OH. Mel and Iris traveled the world with his fellow salesmen and the customers Mel served as their sales representative.

Mel enjoyed conversations with his son-in-law Steve, riding his lawn tractor with his grandson, Amulen, studying the stock market, and naps with his succession of cats P.J., Mozart, Cuddles, and Mittens.

The memorial service was held Tuesday, February 6, in the Dryden Methodist Church, 5400 Main Street, Dryden, MI, 48428, lunch following.

Funeral arrangements made by Lynch Brothers Funeral Home, 39 West Burdick, Oxford, Michigan 48371, 248-628-3100, www.lynchandsonsoxford.com