Michael E. Ledyard

Age 71, of Lansing, MI, passed away January 17, 2016. He was born July 30, 1944, in Lansing, to Edward and Mary Ledyard.

He was a graduate of Everett High School, Michigan State University and Officer Candidate School. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served in Vietnam. He retired from the Michigan Department of Transportation after a 30-year career.

Over the years Mike generously gave his time and talents to Old Newsboys, the American Legion, the American Red Cross, Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, Camp Thornapple Inc., Everett High School Marching Band, St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Reo School PTA, Girls Scouts, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother Rusty. Mike is mourned by his wife Sue, children Laura Ledyard-Zarb and Stephen Ledyard, son-in-law Matthew Zarb, granddaughter Rowan, sisters Penny Harrington and Roberta Webber, and all who knew him.

His kindness, generosity, and wit will be long remembered.

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, January 29, 2016, at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel. His family will receive friends beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, January 29th at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Old Newsboys of Greater Lansing, P.O. Box 14058, Lansing, MI  48901.

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January 18, 2016 at 10:40 pm

Keep your head down I will always cover your six.

Loren Lemmen
January 19, 2016 at 9:09 am

I have known Mike for a long time. He was a good man you could always count on to do the right thing. He will be missed by many.

Melissa (Frakes) Baity
January 19, 2016 at 10:01 am

My heart is breaking at the loss of a very special man. Many good times live in my memories, whether in Kansas or Michigan, of laughter, love and, of course, card games. Mike always had the best hugs. Love, prayers and our deepest sympathy to the Ledyard Family.

Melissa, Jason and Grace

Drenda Lambert-Medina
January 19, 2016 at 10:49 am

I am a classmate of Mike’s. My husband worked for his father, Ed Ledyard, at Motor Wheel Corporation.

We are so sorry for your loss. Heaven got another angel.

Karla (Morley) Reilly
January 19, 2016 at 4:54 pm

Shocked by the news of Mike’s passing. As my own grief is still raw at Denise’s death, I understand the anguish you are all feeling today and hope you know everyone’s prayers are what will carry you through this time. I’m sure there is a big card party in heaven today.
Peace, Prayers and Love

JB Lininger
January 19, 2016 at 5:18 pm

I am saddened by the loss of Mike. My thoughts and prayers are with those closest to him in this hour of sadness. Heaven will be enriched by his presence.

Ted Collins
January 19, 2016 at 6:38 pm

Sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Lovey L. Lovell
January 20, 2016 at 11:57 am

Dear Sue and Family-So very sorry to hear of Mikes passing. He was such a nice person. Always willing to help. I’m sure that he will be greatly missed by you and your family. Take care and God Bless you.


Doug Couto
January 22, 2016 at 1:04 pm

Mike will be missed by many in the community and the Nation. His work in creating and implementing a CRASH Data System for the State of Michigan directly contributed to significantly reducing the number of highway deaths by giving law enforcement, traffic planners, safety engineers, and others a diagnostic tool that told them “where the system is hurting.” He freely shared his knowledge and experience with other states helping them reduce fatalities as well and they emulated what he taught them. He was instantly respected personally and professionally by anyone who worked with him. His real work was manifested in the relationships he fostered. He taught by example and treated people the way he wanted to be treated. I learned a great deal from him. Sue and Family, as the pain from his passing subsides, may you find comfort in all the good memories he leaves with you.

Roberta Ledyard Webber
January 22, 2016 at 5:39 pm

My wonderful Big brother…gone too soon.

Marilyn Britten
January 24, 2016 at 4:59 pm

I will miss working with Mike on American Legion activities. He’s a tough act to follow.
God be with his family.

Elizabeth Brockwell-Tillman
January 25, 2016 at 11:44 am

I was so touched by what Doug Couto wrote about my Uncle Mike above. I have worked for the State of Michigan since the 1980s, and all through my career I have connected with people who worked with and for my Uncle Mike. The reaction was always the same when they found out I was his niece…a big smile and many statements about what a wonderful man he was, and all the good he did in the world. I heard more than once a former colleague say, “He was the best boss I ever had…we miss him.” He was a class act always and set such a wonderful example for me growing up. He was a part of every important event in my life and gave wonderful advice over and over again. I will miss his humor most of all…my children adored him because he was never too busy to get down on the floor and play games or help them put their legos together…and oh how he made them laugh. He was a special man that will remain in my heart always.

George and Marlina
January 25, 2016 at 1:39 pm

Dear Sue ,Steve & Laurie
We are very saddened and so very sorry to learn of Mike’s passing. He was always so friendly and willing to help us (old neighbors). You have our prayers & sympathy.

Virginia DeLong
January 30, 2016 at 8:51 am

We are all going to miss Mike at Camp Thornapple this summer. He and Sue did a lot for the camp.


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