Skip to main content

Michael Leonard Jewell Obituary

Michael Leonard Jewell, 70, of Sodus, MI passed away Tuesday, June 18, 2024 at Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 12:00 P.M., Friday, June 21, 2024 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, MI. Burial will follow at Shanghai Cemetery in Eau Claire. Friends may visit with the family from 10:00 A.M. until 12:00 P.M., Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Pacific Garden Mission, PO Box 7436, Chicago IL, 60680. Those wishing to share a memory of Michael online may do so at

Michael was born May 30, 1954 in Benton Harbor, MI to Burton & Virginia (Martin) Jewell, Jr. He graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 1972 and enlisted into the US Army. He proudly served with the 411th MP Co. stationed at Fort Hood, TX. He then attended college in Indiana majoring in pastoral theology and is a retired public safety dispatcher for Berrien County, Michigan. Michael was an indie author/publisher and enjoyed writing historical fiction. He was a member of the Western Writers of America.

Michael was a devoted husband, brother and friend. Michael came to know his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ as a young boy and remained faithful to Him throughout his entire life. Mike was a stalwart defender of God’s word and lived in it daily. Mike was used of God to proclaim the loving Gospel of Jesus Christ and lead many to His saving knowledge.

On September 4, 2009 he married his friend and faithful companion, Rita Beatty.

Michael is survived by his wife Rita Jewell; siblings John (Laurie) Jewell, Nancy (William) Holverson, Cynthia (Michael) Coosard and Dan (Leann) Jewell and several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews

Michael was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife Susan (Wolske) Jewell.

Sign up for News Alerts

Subscribe to news updates