Mark Steven Updegrove, age 67, won his final victory after his four month battle regarding his health on July 15th, 2020 at Holland Hospital in Holland, Michigan. Mark was born on December 07, 1952 to the late William Norwood and Betty Lucille Updegrove. Mark moved to Battle Creek, Michigan from Baltimore, Maryland when he was a young child. After attending Battle Creek Central High School, he joined the Air Force where he was medically discharged. He then moved to Dayton, Tennessee where he spent a few years before moving back to Battle Creek. After working as a Quality Control Manager at United Steel and Wire Company for eight years, Mark worked as a security officer at Kellogg’s where he retired from in 2014. For the last sixteen years, Mark and Carol have been devoted to The Potter’s House Church where he played bass. He enjoyed music, singing, playing guitar and bass, softball, and fishing. Through the whole process over these four months and for the last thirty five years Mark’s wife, Carol Ann Updegrove has stood by his side. His survivors also include his four daughters, Rose Updegrove King (Todd) of Coldwater, Michigan, Ami Marie Patterson (Don) of Dayton, Tennessee, Missie Faye Lytle (Steve Hale) of Dayton, Tennessee, and Dorothy Ramsey-Owen (Christopher) of Battle Creek, Michigan. Mark and Carol have ten grandchildren: Sami Butler, April King, Jaison King, Izaac Smith, Chirsten Jenkins, Lyla Payne, Jade Smith, Emily O’Brien, Gavin O’ Brien, and Gabi Messer and also two great grandsons: Braxton and Chad Butler. Mark is also survived by his Uncle and Aunt Roland and Ginny Wolf of Baltimore, Maryland as well as the abundance of nieces and nephews. Mark is also proceeded in death by his younger brother Anton “Tony” Lucht Updegrove.
Funeral services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 18, 2020 at The Potter’s House Church, 226 Capital Avenue North East, Battle Creek, Michigan. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. Interment will take place following the service at Morgan Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to The Potter’s House Church. Condolences may be left for the family at www.henryfuneralhome.org