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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...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: David Rafferty - Kalamazoo, MI

“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...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Butch Lanphear - DeWitt, MI

“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...Read More »
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5 of 12 | Posted by: DAVE VERMEULEN - VICKABURG, MI

“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...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Robin Paris - Nashville, TN

“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...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Mike VanBuren - Richland Township, MI

“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,...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Patrick Butler - Climax, MI

“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...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: A friend

“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...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Linda (VanBuren) Spearman - MI

“Please accept my sincere sympathy for your loss.PSALM 5:1&2. ”
11 of 12 | Posted by: A friend

“Del certainly lived a long and full life. I will miss that smile and booming voice. Condolences to his family. ”
12 of 12 | Posted by: Pam Dalitz - Kalamazoo, MI


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Delbert L. "Del" Holroyd of Kalamazoo, MI

Del, age 96, passed away Sunday, October 28, 2018, at his home.

Del was born November 19, 1921 in Foley, MN, the son of Milo and Emma (Bigelow) Holroyd. A lifelong resident of Cooper Township, Delbert attended Richland Schools and served his Country honorably and nobly in the United States Army during World War II in the China-Burma-India theater. A master mechanic, Delbert taught 4-H courses in a variety of subjects and was a longtime member of St. Timothy's Episcopal Church of Richland and the Hickory Lodge # 345, F. & A.M.

Del is survived by his wife, Wanda; a stepson, Ray (Robin) Paris of Nashville, Tennessee; sisters, Elnora Lumbard of Kalamazoo, Arlene Strong of Merrill, MI and Lillian Rackley of Plainwell, MI and several nieces and nephews. Del was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Edward Holroyd; five sisters; four brothers and his first wife, Grace E. Holroyd.

Del's family will greet friends on Friday, Nov. 9th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Richland Chapel, 9170 East D Avenue (M-89). The Memorial Service to celebrate Del's life will be held on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Father Joel L. Turmo, Rector of St. Timothy Epsicopal Church, officiating. Interment will follow in East Cooper (Township) Cemetery with the United States Army Honor Guard bestowing military honors. Family and friends will continue Del's life celebration with a time of fellowship and a luncheon immediately following the committal service at St. Timothy Episcopal Church, 9800 East BC Avenue, Richland, MI 49083. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Church (see address above).