Judson F. Mackrill

Judson “Judd” Mackrill, age 96, of Jamestown, ND, died, early morning Tuesday, January 30, 2018, after a brief illness, at Eventide, Jamestown, ND.

Judson Floyd Mackrill was born January 11, 1922, in a sod house in Blaine County, NE. He was the son of Orla and Catherine (Lanum) Mackrill. He grew up mostly on the family ranch near Brewster, NE. Where he attended school and graduated in 1940. Judd attended Grand Island Business College for eight months and moved to Washington D.C. where he went to work as a Civilian Clerk Typist for the Navy. Subsequently he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in November 27, 1942, and was sent to Navy Radio School at Berkley Springs, West Virginia.

While in the Navy he made 13 trips to North Africa, Italy and The United Kingdom. After three years of Naval enlistment Judd took employment in Civilian Personnel for the U.S. Army at the Pentagon. There he moved up the ranks of Civilian Personnel for 24 years having been involved in many personnel projects gaining numerous Awards and promotions. Eventually with a promotion he was reassigned to the Forrestal Building in Washington D. C., where he worked in Management and Employee relations for another 10 years until retirement as a GS13.

While attending Radio School Judd met Mary Phyllis Umstot of Cumberland, MD. They were united in marriage on December 2, 1944, at Saint Patrick’s in New York City, NY, while between Atlantic Convoy Crossings. 

After retirement Judd and Phyllis spent the next several years traveling all 50 states and visiting their son and family in Nebraska and North Dakota. Judd and Phyllis spent nearly 36 summers visiting and working with their son Gary and his family in the Cathay area. He enjoyed fishing, wild life, and the outdoors.

He is survived by his wife of 73 years Mary Phyllis, Jamestown, his son Gary (Linda), Cathay, grandson Judson D. (Kim), granddaughters Melinda Mackrill, and Amanda (Thomas) Herron; three great-granddaughters and two great-grandsons. Judd also leaves four nephews and five nieces and numerous great-nephews and nieces.

Judd was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Ollie, Charles, Bob, and Jim; by his sisters Margie and Twila. His oldest son Dennis Mackrill, nephew Edward Beyer, niece Kathy Gruber, and Great niece Tracy Beyer.

**Memorials can be made to any Disabled Veterans Organization of your choice.**


Monday, February 5, 2018, at 9:30AM in Evans Funeral Home, Carrington, ND


Quantico National Cemetery, Quantico, Virginia.


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Name: Paul Bird

Date: 02/10/2028

Message: Judd Mackrill selected me to work for him at the Pentagon in 1967 soon after my graduation from The University of North Carolina. He became a friend and a mentor to me during the early stages of my career in the Federal service. I remember him well for his commitment to duty and his excellence as a supervisor, teacher and coach who positively influenced my career. He was a very good man! I want to express my sincere condolences to his family. 



Name: Judy M Cudworth

Date: Feb 1, 2018

Message: Our condolences in the loss of your father, father. - in-law,  and grandfather.  And our sympathies to Mary Phyllis.  We thank him for protecting our freedoms. We have a granddaughter Jessica who is also in the Navy.