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Jeremiah J. Upham

October 6, 1931 April 11, 2020
Jeremiah J. Upham
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Obituary for Jeremiah J. Upham

Jeremiah J. Upham died peacefully at his home on April 11, 2020. He was 88 years old. Jeremiah was born on October 6, 1931 to Frances Thompson and Sumner Upham in Kalamazoo, MI.

Jerry graduated from MSU ROTC and went on to serve in Post WW2 Germany during the occupation. He did his post graduate work at John Hopkins University and graduated with honors with a Masters in International Economics. He went on to become an Executive at Ford, Chrysler, and President of Saab USA, before returning to Chrysler to head the International Division in London, England. He lived with his family in Mexico, England, Connecticut and Michigan where he retired from his automotive career in 1985.

Jerry loved to play tennis and golf. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed fly fishing the Au Sable river, Upland Bird hunting, and most of all sailing the great lakes on his sailboat, Seaquestress.

Jerry was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He will be deeply missed.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Ruth Laurie Upham, his 3 loving children, Alexandra (Morrill) Upham, Victoria (Upham) Laurie, and Jonathan Upham and his wife Naoko Osuka Upham. Jerry is also survived by his cherished grandchildren, Matthew and Michael Morrill.

A private service will be held with burial to follow at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan.


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