Michael L. Ferrence
June 22, 1949 – January 24, 2020
Michael L. Ferrence, age 70, of Henderson, Nevada, passed away on Friday January 24, 2020. He was born June 22, 1949 at Detroit Memorial Hospital in Detroit, Michigan to his parents Elizabeth Rose "Betty" Ferrence (nee Sind) and George "Butch" Ferrence.
Michael was raised in Detroit, Michigan until age 13 and then the family moved to Warren, Michigan. He was very active and involved in his youth. Michael took part in Little League baseball on a team called the Indians. He was a Cub Scout and his parents hosted many den meetings in their basement. In his spare time he liked collecting baseball cards, making model cars, running his electric train and reading comic books. Michael's memorable achievements during his these early school years included being a Safety crossing guard and middle school honor student.
Education was extremely important to Michael. He graduated from Paul K. Cousino high school in 1967 with a very accomplished high school career. His favorite courses were in Politics, Math and Science. He was a member of the Cousino Community Civic Activities club, Young Republicans club, Science club, and Drama club while also being a member of the Honor Society, Student Council and the baseball and football teams. He took great pride in meeting political candidate Governor George Romney, attending the annual Governor’s Conference on Student Leadership at Oakland University and a class trip to Washington, D.C. – all which were featured in a local newspaper. On top of all these activities, Mike played the drums in a small rock band with friends. Michael continued his education after high school; earning his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (cum laude) in 1972 from the University of Detroit. He then pursued graduate school, earning his Master of Engineering (cum laude) in 1973 from the University of Detroit. His favorite professor was Dean Lawrence Canjar whose son Michael was a fellow engineering student and good friend of Mike's. Michael's other interests included being a student member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, a member of the Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity and Blue Key National Honor Fraternity as well as the Alpha Sigma Nu National Jesuit Honor Society (1972).
Michael's dedication to personal and professional development served him well in his career. He was employed for 30 years by the Ford Motor Company holding various positions: Chief Product Analyst, Project Manager of the Mustang Program, LTD Crown Victoria/Grand Marquis Planning Specialist, and Chief Program Manager of the Mercury Villager Program. Michael retired from Ford Motor in 2003.
Michael was a social and approachable individual devoted to his Christian roots; he had a heart of gold, and had a gregarious personality. He was raised Catholic and served as an altar boy for St. Malachy parish in Sterling Heights, Michigan. Later in life, Michael, converted to the Lutheran faith. He was caring and giving man, supporting his community, volunteering with the Toys for Tots and Paralyzed Veterans of America Associations.
Michael approached his leisure time in the same manner that he approached his life. He enjoyed reading books on finance, stocks, and politics. He loved vacationing in Las Vegas and Hawaii as well as traveling to California, England and Japan while employed with Ford Motor. After retirement in 2003, he became an avid lover of vintage comedy shows and studying the art of playing casino games so much that he decided to move from his home in Livonia, Michigan to Henderson, Nevada. He also was something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite sports teams: the Detroit Lions football, Detroit Pistons basketball and Detroit Tigers baseball.
All who knew him would agree that Michael was a pillar of the community. He lived his life with his feet firmly on the ground. He had a strong work ethic, was pragmatic in his thoughts and acts, and sought the means for self-improvement. He was willing to share his ideas and knowledge for the benefit of others, so that they could accomplish more in their lives. Michael did his best to ensure that his family, friends, loved ones, co-workers, and everyone whose life he touched was gifted by his kind generosity and given the chance to become a better person.
Michael was preceded in death by his father, George "Butch" Ferrence; and mother, Elizabeth Rose "Betty" Ferrence (nee Sind). He is survived by his sister, Nancy Ferrence Ramirez (David); nephew, Michael Ramirez; aunt, Barbara Sind; and cousins: James Miloser, Jr. (Christine), Linda McComas, Margaret Sind Raben, Joseph P. Sind Jr. (Pat), Jeanne Christie (Donald), Martin Sind, Catherine Sind Boles, Antoinette Sind Sembrano, Catherine Sind Wooldridge, John Ferrence (Dorothy), Maryann Ferrence Algeri (Art), Joy Lynn Ferrence Davies, Gregory Ferrence, Gloria Donahue Zemla (Greg), Richard Donahue (Nancy), Diane Donahue, and Cathy Donahue Fill (David).
A visitation for Michael will be held Tuesday, February 18, 2020 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM. Funeral services will begin at 1:00 PM, both at Palm Boulder Highway Mortuary, 800 South Boulder Highway, Henderson, Nevada 89015. Michael will be laid to rest at Palm Henderson Cemetery, 800 South Boulder Highway, Henderson, Nevada 89015.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Michael's memory may be made to the Toys for Tots and Paralyzed Veterans of America Associations.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.palmboulderhighway.com for the Ferrence family.
- Visitation Tuesday, February 18, 2020
- Funeral Service Tuesday, February 18, 2020
- Graveside Service Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Michael L. Ferrence
Mary Ann Algeri
February 18, 2020
I was so saddened to hear of Michael’s passing. I have such fond memories of coming to Michigan when we were younger & visiting with Mike, Nancy, Uncle Butch & Aunt Betty. We would have such fun playing in the basement. I remember riding a tricycle down there & playing tag. But mostly I remember how very funny Mike always was. He was always telling jokes & making us all laugh constantly. And in later years, I was so proud to say that my cousin, Mike helped design the Mustang car. I always looked forward to receiving his Christmas cards. Not only was his one of the first cards I would receive, but I loved that he handmade them on his computer. And he & I would tease each other about the Pittsburgh sports teams vs the Detroit teams. You are greatly missed, Mike May you Rest In Peace. With Love, Mary Ann
February 18, 2020
I met Michal when I began dating his sister Nancy. He accepted me immediately and I sensed he liked the fact I met his sister in a MBA program at his alma mater University of Detroit. He treated me like a friend and could talk to me about any topic.
When our son Michael was born, Mike seemed to like the fact he had become an uncle. He was always there on holidays and birthdays with a generous gift for our son and was always very accepting of our son as well. He was very pleased when he learned our son had purchased a Ford Explorer as his first vehicle when he was older.
Michael's sudden passing is tragic. He still had a lot to offer especially to our son who reflected at times about his trip to Henderson in 2016 and the times he had with his uncle Mike.
Mike will be missed by all of us and will be long remembered.
February 18, 2020
Thank you Uncle Mike for showing me some of the highlights of Las Vegas including the MOB museum, Terry Fator comedy show and dinner at the top of the Stratosphere. You were the closest uncle I had and go to know. I will be forever grateful for your generosity and kindness. I will miss you. Rest in peace. Love, Michael A. Ramirez
February 16, 2020
I'm so sorry to hear of my cousin Michael's passing. Anytime I was in his presence, he would always make me laugh. Even as a child he would tell jokes and teach me funny camp songs. I will miss his homemade Christmas cards, sharing the same birthday and hearing him call me Joy Lynn. Michael was very kind and very accomplished. He had a lot to be proud of in his 70 years here on Earth. I feel bad that I cannot attend his funeral. I am praying that he is at peace in Heaven. Now it's time for you to make the angels laugh Mike!