Jeffrey Wayne Mellendorf of Caro, age 64, passed away on Friday, April 13, 2018 at his home. Jeff was born June 24, 1953 in Cass City, the son of Wayne Hall Mellendorf and the late Helen Nora Churchill, and was a 1972 graduate of Cass City High School. He was united in marriage with the former Beth Eloise Abke on June 8, 1974, and she survives him. Jeff was employed by the State of Michigan at the Caro Regional Center for 33 years until his retirement in 2010. He was deeply committed to his family and was happiest when he was able to spend time with his two grandsons. Jeff adored his dogs, and also enjoyed reminiscing, reading, hunting and camping.
He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Beth Eloise Mellendorf of Caro; one daughter and son-in-law, Emily Eloise and Christopher Ross Butterfield; two grandsons, Connor Reed Butterfield and Cashel Rowen Butterfield; his father, Wayne Hall Mellendorf; one brother and his wife, Scott and Mary Mellendorf; one nephew and his wife, Dave and Tosha Mellendorf and their children, Ryan, Matthew and Brady; sisters-in-law, Judy Clarkson, Barb Abke, Linda and Bill Henderson, Denise and Dean Keilitz; several nieces and nephews: Brad Clarkson, Steven Clarkson, Lisa Abke, Sandi Marovich, Dawn Pasanski, Sara Bedore, Stephanie Lovejoy; many great-nieces and great-nephews; many dear friends, including his friend since childhood, Gary Dillon; and his faithful dog, Bones. In addition to his mother, Jeff was preceded in death by three brothers-in-law, Randy Abke, Greg Abke, Ron Clarkson; and his many dogs.
In keeping with Jeff’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A private family service will be held at a later date. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorial contributions to the Mellendorf Family Discretionary Fund, c/o Beth Mellendorf, 205 West Sherman Street, Caro, MI 48723. The family was assisted with these arrangements by the Ransford Collon Funeral Home of Caro. Friends may share memories, thoughts and prayers online at

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