Hill Funeral Home

11723 South Saginaw Street, Grand Blanc, MI


Michael F. DeClerck

30 September , 19528 May , 2019

DeClerck, Michael Francis - of Ortonville, Michigan, died on May 8, 2019 in Grand Blanc, Michigan following a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. Mike was born on September 30, 1952 in Mt. Clemens, Michigan to James and Lucille DeClerck. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Rose; his daughters Melissa (Jim) and Angela (Cody); his granddaughters, Grace and Samantha; and his siblings, Jim (Susie) and Sherry (Mike); and many loving friends, cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was an avid outdoorsman and classic car enthusiast. Friends and family are invited to celebrate Mike's life at the Del Webb Grandview Lodge at 6300 Del Webb Blvd., Grand Blanc, Michigan 48439 between 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm on Saturday, May 11, 2019. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund or The Michael J. Fox Foundation. The family would appreciate any memories that you would like to share.


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, 11 May , 2019


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Mike & Sharon Hurley

11 May 2019

I remember some great times fishing with Mike.
I always had a problem docking the boat and Mike would always do his best to help.
It was quite comical actually. Mikes Dad watched trying not to laugh at us.
We always thought it was harmless fun until we watched another boater hit reverse instead of forward and slam his boat over the dock and into a parked car.
From that time on we took docking the boat a little more seriously.

In his younger days he and his friends once took his VW completely apart in the garage and his Mother couldn’t believe it. She hated that car and the fact that it was in pieces all over the garage didn’t make it any better. Somehow he put it all back together, but his Mother won the battle and Mike bought a different car.

The last time we moved Mike was there to help as usual. To make a long story short the truck rental company made a mistake and we could only use a truck after 6PM and had to have it back the next morning. A midnight move in its truest sense. Mike was all in for the move when he could have easily said he had to work the next day. We made the move, finished in the wee hours of the morning with his help. He so concentrated on helping us that he forgot to tell Rose about it and she was worried sick. That was Mike, someone you could count on!

When Sharon and I lost a baby at birth near a forgotten Christmas, while Sharon was in the hospital, it was Mike that came over and did his best to console me.

While our last shooting range experience was fraught with the symptoms of Parkinson’s, Mike did his best trying to ignore them and refused to be helped up when he fell. That was Mike, I never heard him complain.

So many more stories that we could share!

I was privileged to call Mike my brother in law!

Mike was always fun to be with and a great listener.
We know he is in a better place now and no longer suffers.
We are comforted by his new residence, but will miss him here with us!

Mike & Sharon Hurley

Laura Fenlon

11 May 2019

Worked with Mike at the Pontiac Office and he always had a sense of humor and s smile. He will be missed. Many prayers for his family.🙏

Margret Mancia

11 May 2019

I remember one instance of Mike talking about Angie and her cat. Apparently, at their house in Ortonville, Angie's cat liked to climb up the screen on the outside of their sliding glass door in the kitchen. Unfortunately, in doing so, the cat was ripping holes in the screen which Mike didn't like (obviously LOL). Anyway, Angie was defending her cat so Mike said OK you can pay for a new screen then and he informed her of how much a new screen would cost. After hearing about the price of a replacement screen, Angie got it, and marched over to the cat yelling get off that screen, and bad cat, etc.

Mike had a nice way of putting a perspective on life for his daughters, and he often got his point across in a humorous, but memorable way. I will remember him for his devotion to those he loved.

Michael Hillman

11 May 2019

I knew Mike as a co-worker with the AAA auto physical damage unit for several years. We saw each other rarely as our offices and territories were miles apart. However when I did see him at the occasional meeting or seminar, I found him to be a warm and friendly guy during our conversations. He also had the reputation of being a fine adjuster. My sincerest condolences go out to his wife and daughters. May he now RIP.

Chaz & Barb Piotrowski

10 May 2019

We definitely miss Mike, enjoyed all the car shows we have attended together. I think Mike laughed the hardest at Chaz’s My Face comment at breakfast so many years ago. RIP Mike ❤️🙏❤️

Dan Mancia

10 May 2019

Mike was one of the finest people I have ever known. He set an example for us all. It was so clear that he made it a priority to be a great husband, father and friend-- and he achieved all three. I will never forget him.

Jan Hagland

10 May 2019

Heaven just gained a kind, gentle angel! May you Rest In Peace Mike.🙏. Sending love to Rosie, Melissa and Angie. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.❤️

Rick Kalinin

9 May 2019

I'll always remember the many car shows we went to. Mike always had a story to tell you or was listening to stories that other people were telling him when we weren't playing euchre. Rest in peace Mike.

Kathy Palazzolo Whyman

9 May 2019

The photo you shared of Mike is perfect. You see his mischievous smile and his love of life and people. He always made one feel special and his humor made me smile. I see that sparkle in his eyes in his two granddaughters. His smile and humor lives on. Will miss him.

Joe Ciacchella

9 May 2019

I am so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing, obviously too soon. I always admired his courage and sense of humor in dealing with his limitations whenever we met up for dinner with other retirees from AAA. My condolences to his family and may he Rest In Peace.