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Delbert Leroy "Del" Holroyd

Delbert Leroy "Del" Holroyd
  • November 19, 1921 - October 28, 2018
  • Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • St. Timothy Episcopal Church
    9800 East BC Avenue
    Richland, MI 49083

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Deb and I joined St Timothy's in 1976, she as Organist and Choir Director We valued highly association with Del and Grace. I spent some years assisting him in mowing the church property. A fine gentleman who was a subtle influence of stability over the years.We left that church in 1985 and din't have much direct in the following years but kept our eyes open any references to him.


Posted by: David Rafferty - Kalamazoo, MI - Friend   Nov 10, 2018

Mr. Holroyd was a very brilliant teacher when I was in his 4H classes. He taught me how to weld and brace and how to rebuild engines which I still use today on the farm. He taught us not to be afraid of tearing an engine all apart and how to properly rebuild it and make it run. I remember visiting with him about a year ago and how we had a great time talking about all the good time we had at his house. Mr. Holroyd will be missed and he was a great man.


Posted by: Butch Lanphear - DeWitt, MI   Nov 07, 2018

I have known Del since I was 16 years old. Del was my 4-H leader who taught me how to the basics of welding and body work, which I have used throughout my entire life. After I graduated from high school I went a trade school and took auto body repair and welding. After doing body work for several years I made a career change and became plant engineer for a company who's primary function was assembling and welding a

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Posted by: DAVE VERMEULEN - VICKABURG, MI   Nov 03, 2018

Such a gracious and grand gentleman. I was so fortunate and blessed to be able to call him Dad. He was such an amazing and talented man, a gentle giant, the sweetest, funniest and knowledgeable man. People of all ages respected him. A hand that was so massive and strong had such a gentle and warm heart attached. His smile and twinkling eyes said so much. Thank you for being my Dad, and giving us so many funny, and happy

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Posted by: Robin Paris - Nashville, TN - Family   Nov 02, 2018

Delbert was a great man from what has been aptly called "The Greatest Generation. He was a very kind and generous person who had a profound influence on many lives, including my own. He was supremely talented in all things that involved problem-solving and the use of his hands to build and fix things. I was blessed to have known him for 65 of his nearly 97 years on earth. Thoughts and prayers to his family and many friends. Rest

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Posted by: Mike VanBuren - Richland Township, MI   Nov 02, 2018


Rest in Peace Uncle Del, you were my Hero, my Rock, When my own father died you were there. You touched the lives of so many people, helping them, teaching them, and encouraging them. You will be missed, but your legacy will always live on in the things you did.
Patrick S Butler


Posted by: Patrick Butler - Climax, MI - Family   Nov 02, 2018

The world just lost a great man! He taught me how to weld, to work on cars, and to work on small engines. I remembers years ago when I asked him to rebuild my old ford tractor and he said NO! But I will teach you how and work with you. He was an amazing man, neighbor, friend, and teacher. May God Bless you Del!

Mike Carl


Posted by: A friend   Nov 01, 2018

I knew Del all of my life. He was a close friend of my dad's all the way back to school. He will be missed for his one of a kind humor and his helpfulness to our family as we were growing up. I didn't always see him a lot in the later years but I always knew he was there. I always remember show he always fell asleep at the 4th of July get-to-gathers that we had every year,

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Posted by: Linda (VanBuren) Spearman - Augusta, MI   Oct 31, 2018