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“I am sorry for your loss. I didn't know Jordan, I stumbled here seeing who in my area might have passed from covid. But I got to know Jordan through...Read More »
1 of 32 | Posted by: Bree Asher - Acquaintance

“I did not know Jordan. However, my husband Jimmy and I knew your Dad John from Sherwin Williams and he always spoke of his children with love. I am...Read More »
2 of 32 | Posted by: Jennifer Stegenga - Battle Creek, MI

“So sorry to the family of Jordan McGladhen. My prayers are with you all. What a wonderful tribute to such the great guy that he was. I did not know...Read More »
3 of 32 | Posted by: Caril Snell - Battle Creek, MI

“I am deeply sorry to hear of your loss, Patty. May he rest in peace. ”
4 of 32 | Posted by: Kathy Collins - Union City, MI

“May God strengthen your family in this time of mourning. Growing up Jordan was a freind of... Well everybody! I know we'll all remember him with a...Read More »
5 of 32 | Posted by: Mark Turner - Classmate

“Jordan and I were classmates, and he certainly had an amazing energy that stood out clearly. I was shocked and saddened to hear about this. Sending...Read More »
6 of 32 | Posted by: Michelle Norman - Battle Creek, MI

“Ma McG, my heart breaks for you and your family. I have no words except I love you dearly. Beautifully done writing on the announcement. ”
7 of 32 | Posted by: Lyn McRae - Battle Creek, MI

“I'm so sorry for the great loss we all have suffered by his passing & especially for the personal pain of those who loved him. ”
8 of 32 | Posted by: Tamra Riversong nee Dow - MI

“Dear Patricia sending heart full condolences he is singing in heaven ! Did not know you personally but part of BC Marshall music community ! God...Read More »
9 of 32 | Posted by: Marta Hill

“A heartbreaking but beautiful expression of a life. My thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
10 of 32 | Posted by: Todd Brookmyer - Fort Wayne, IN

“Jordan was one of my singers in the Battle Creek Boychoir. Jordan was a quick learner and a fine singer. Mrs. Grantier calls him a "go-getter." ...Read More »
11 of 32 | Posted by: Brooks Grantier - Marshall, MI

“This is your Uncle Scott, l am sorry you lost your Dad and Brother. This is hard blow ndwill mess with your mind for a long time. God has you in his...Read More »
12 of 32 | Posted by: Scott Fry - Family

“Patty, I'm sending my love to today. You are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
13 of 32 | Posted by: Rose Marie Waffle - Burlington, MI

“My deepest condolences in the passing of Jordan. His obituary notes a very talented man and a legacy of love left behind with memories for family and...Read More »
14 of 32 | Posted by: Kassandra Hinds - Battle Creek, MI

“I'm so sorry to hear of Jordan's passing. I remember him as such a fun chatty little boy when I used to baby sit the boys. My love and prayers go out...Read More »
15 of 32 | Posted by: Beth Arey

“Our deepest condolences in the loss of your son. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. ”
16 of 32 | Posted by: Mike & Sherrie Leson - MI

“A beautiful tribute to a beautiful boy...(I knew him "in the day" so to me he's still a boy); May he truly rest in peace and may his family take...Read More »
17 of 32 | Posted by: Penny Chard - Union City, MI

“My thoughts go out to you all. I went to school with Jordan. I remember we spent a lot of time hanging out between classes. He loved to sing. He had...Read More »
18 of 32 | Posted by: Dorothy Booth (Fredo) - OH

“Colin, Steve and I are so sorry for your loss, and so soon after losing your dad, Our prayers are with you and your family during this time of grief....Read More »
19 of 32 | Posted by: KATHLEEN PERDUE - LAKESIDE, CA

“So sorry for your loss. I didn't know Jordan but had his mom as a teacher in Union City. Sending love and prayers to his friends and family during...Read More »
20 of 32 | Posted by: Tara Powell (Hoyt) - Union City, MI

“If I had a book I could fill it with memories you gave us all!! Sing a song in the sky for us you are beyond loved!! ”
21 of 32 | Posted by: Triska Noel - Battle Creek, MI

“Patti so sorry to hear the passing of Jordan. My thoughts and prayers go out to you BJ, Colin, and Kaitlin.. . ”
22 of 32 | Posted by: Tina Alwood-Conine - Union City, MI

“Our thoughts are with the McGlashen families. So sorry for your loss of Jordan. A beautiful tribute to your brother. ”
23 of 32 | Posted by: Charlie & Anne Burnham - MI

“Patti, I am sooo very sorry about Jordan (and John)! I know you have many great memories and can recall times they made you laugh! I am praying!! ”
24 of 32 | Posted by: Jackie Bass (Greer) (Marsh) - MI

“I still remember Jordan's cover of Born with a Broken Heart from the pops concert. It really was that good. My deepest condolences to the McGlashen...Read More »
25 of 32 | Posted by: Julie Dawes

“Rest In Peace Jordan. You were one of the most genuinely nice humans I had the pleasure to know. I don't doubt that you made the same impression on...Read More »
26 of 32 | Posted by: Mary Saah - Dexter - Classmate

“Love ya forever Gordo!! You will always be in our memeories. Miss ya bud. -Andy- ”
27 of 32 | Posted by: Andy Sevald - Wayne, MI - Friend

“Jordan loved his family, daughter, siblings, cousins, and assorted Aunts/Uncles. He never understood the depth of his problems, yet he always...Read More »
28 of 32 | Posted by: Jane McCraacken - Crystal River,, FL

“Jordan was one of a kind. He would always light up the stage no matter what he did. Sharing the stage with him was an honor. You will always be...Read More »
29 of 32 | Posted by: Altamiece Cooper(Ballard) - MI

“I'm so, so sorry for your loss... ”
30 of 32 | Posted by: Bri Ledig - Battle Creek, MI

“We are saddened to hear of Jordons untimely death. During spartanaires performance, I loved watching him perform. He was a great kid. RIP Jordon ”
31 of 32 | Posted by: Val & Jim Burton - Battle Creek, MI

“Thank you for your transparent honesty regarding the life and death of your sweetly talented brother. I knew Jordan pretty well through the halls of...Read More »
32 of 32 | Posted by: Kristy Barda (Case) - MI - Friend


Jordan Andrew McGlashen
May 7, 1981 – May 7, 2020

Family learned of the death of Jordan Andrew McGlashen of Ypsilanti, formerly of Battle Creek, on May 7, 2020 – Jordan's 39th birthday. He died at home.

"He died at home" is an interesting phrase. It's used often in obituaries. In Jordan's case, it's true, but it doesn't tell the whole truth.

This obituary describes a life tragically cut short. To understand the tragedy's full depth, the reader needs the truth: it was a drug overdose. For two decades, he waged a valiant and excruciating cyclical battle with depression and addiction. Otherwise, we might all be reading his obituary decades from now in Rolling Stone.

A passionate heart which often served to encourage others to see within and believe in themselves – though he was incapable of doing the same in himself – no longer beats. The blood that coursed through Jordan's veins mixed with music and a borderline-genius talent for it* no longer flows. His hands will never again deploy the extraordinary skill that commanded guitar strings and piano keys as they did when he blew the roof off of high school pops concerts with Tonic and Kenny Wayne Sheppard Band covers. His ears will never again explore the rich complexities of jazz and classical. His voice, which earned multiple best soloist awards at show choir competitions across the Midwest and would produce screams from adoring female fans that could be heard in Canada, is now silent.

(*Author's Note: If you think that's family hype, please paste this link into your browser and consider that it was recorded by pressing a button at 4 AM: https://tinyurl.com/yajsu76s)

Jordan was born in Battle Creek to John and Patricia McGlashen. His talent was evident at an early age when he sang in the St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School choir. He was invited to join the Battle Creek Boys Choir and was elected head chorister.

He was also one scrappy, competitive athlete. He was known for his exceptional speed as a baseball and hockey player growing up, and he joined his junior high football and wrestling teams. Jordan showed himself to be as powerful a wrestler as he was a performer and competed in individual regional tournaments outside of his participation on his junior high team.

He excelled in music and theater at Lakeview High School. His theater teacher remembered him two decades later as "a marvel and a miracle." His performances were more like explosions. His 5'5, 115 frame seemed incapable of containing the energy and talent within. As part of the Lakeview Spartanaires, he was given solo opportunities such as his award-winning performance of the Styx classic "Babe" which inspired future Spartanaires to try out for the group. He loved Ben Folds Five to whom Jordan turned on many other new fans in high school. Radiohead front man, Thom Yorke, was Jordan's favorite songwriter.

However, high school wasn't easy for Jordan. He failed to graduate.* But he was recruited for a performing opportunity at Cedar Point for which he left school early and worked multiple summers. Jordan worked in the dance competition industry for a time, but as his depression and addiction took hold, Jordan would work many jobs which he'd have difficulty maintaining. At the peak of his latest cycle, he had gone back to school and was working toward a degree.

(*Author's note: Jordan possessed a humble courage that led him to later obtain his GED).

Jordan leaves behind a daughter, Lillian, whose beauty and spirit reveal the careful workmanship of God. If and when she ever reads this, she should know that Jordan deeply longed to make things right.

Jordan is also survived by his mother, Patricia McGlashen (Scott Lee) of Battle Creek, his step-mother Donna McGlashen of Marshall, brothers Brandon "B.J." (Rachel) of Ann Arbor and Collin (Nicole) of El Cajon, CA, sister Kaitlin Zanier (Michael) of Canton, and as-close-to-a-brother-as-possible Rick Spells (Heather) of Newport, RI. Jordan's siblings were in awe of his talent, and his death has crushed them. Nieces and nephews Kellen, Eleanor, Virginia, Yale, Isabelle, Molly, and Emma already miss their very funny Uncle Jordan.

Jordan was preceded in death by his father, John McGlashen, just three months earlier. The two deaths are inextricably linked. John and his wife Donna suffered with Jordan in the valleys and were largely the catalysts and support for his climbs to the happier peaks. Those peaks could last years, during which Jordan and his father hunted and shared many thermoses of coffee.

Jordan had begun a kind of final descent just prior to John's passing, however. On the eve of John's death Jordan thanked him for having never given up on him. One of John's favorite memories of Jordan was during the closing minute of a wrestling match when Jordan had nearly been pinned. John could see Jordan's eyes and knew the exact moment when Jordan decided he was not going to lose the match. Jordan mounted an improbable comeback, pinning his opponent in the final seconds.*

(*Author's note: Unable to see what his father saw within him, Jordan resisted the retelling of this story at his father's bedside on the eve of his passing.)

Jordan recently told his Godmother, Aunt Joanne Ruddock, who survives, that "sometimes I give it all to Jesus at the foot of the Cross. But then I take it back again." Jordan will be cremated and his ashes will rest with his father's at one of their hunting spots.

Healed and whole at last.

Everything in its right place.

(Final author's note: Round-and-round I went – Jordan and I not being that much different after all – worrying whether injecting creativity into Jordan's obituary would cause readers to roll their eyes, think I was performing, or just say the writing is bad. But Jordan told me once that my writing was "profoundly beautiful $@*#." In tribute, I followed the whisper I heard saying "let 'er rip," and revealed what he saw within me. A question for the reader: Is there something within you?)

Arrangements are by Farley

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