- 85 years old
- Date of birth: Oct 4, 1925
- Date of passing: Aug 19, 2011
|Let the memory of Delbert be with us forever|
"Dad, we were back in Michigan on your birthday to take Mom's ashes to her gravesite with you. Twenty-five people attended Mom's service, and we talked a lot about you and Mom to all of your friends in Baroda. God has been good to Evie and me, and I thank you again for all of your wonderful lessons of love and guidance in my life. Enjoy your heavenly rest. I love you, Bob"
"Happy Birthday Grampy, I love and miss you sooo much! As much sadness it brings me to know that you're physically gone, It brings me an even more overwhelming happiness to know that you are here in spirit everyday around us with your beautiful wife and my grammy watching over all of us in the fam and to know you are celebrating your annaverseries together in the Lords great kingdom of beauty and greatness saving a spot for all us one day to be together for eternity to come in gods wionderful binding light of peace and happiness for all of us and all of us to come. Happy Bday grampy, no one can replace you!-Josh/Grandson P.S. I know your son is going to call me to correct my horrible grammer in this tribute! ;) Tell him to take it easy on me gramps! ;)"
"Dad, It's been four years today since you joined the choirs in heaven. I can almost hear you singing "He Lives...He Lives," a song you loved so much. Mom is with you now, so you can sing together some of the old hymns at the actual throne of God. I miss you but I know you are in a much better place with a new body. I love you."
"Happy Birthday Del, we sure do miss you and Dorothy.
Someday we will see you again, when the Lord calls us home."
"Happy Birthday, Dad. Three years in heaven with our loving Lord. What a wonderful birthday gift! I think of you every day and miss those father-son talks we used to have. All of your godly advice comes back to me when I need it the most. Thank you for being an awesome Dad. Mom sends her greetings to you as well. We love you."
"It just don't seem possible that it has been 3 years, we miss him, it just don't seem the same when we go to see Dorothy. But you are in a better place, and soon we will see you."
It's been three years since you went home to our Lord. I can only imagine what bless you are enjoying in heaven. Mom is enjoying a new setting in her new home at Park View. We all think of you often and you are forever in our hearts. Someday soon we will see you again. I can't thank you enough for giving me all the love and guidance in my life. I Love You. Your son, Bob"
"It just don't seem possible it has been 2 years already. Just seems like
yesterday we were playing phase ten. You are missed. It will be a great reunion day when we see you in heaven. Happy 88th Birthday."
"Dad, You would have been 88 today. Those are earthly years. In heaven, we don't count years, or centuries, or time itself. Evie's mom joined you in heaven yesterday, so heaven is richer with both your loving hearts. Mom and I look forward to seeing you again soon. We love you. Happy Birthday, Dad. Bob"
"Happy B-day Grampy. We all miss you very much, but know that the b-days up in heaven are a lot more elaborate I'm sure. LOL. Enjoy your b-day and know we celebrate you from afar, but still close to our hearts!:)"
"Grampy-I love you & we all miss you very much! You have brought so much joy and light into our lives when you were here & left us with so many great memories & one I'd like to share: I remember when you would teach me how to ride the tractor in the fields of MI & at the end of the day read me a story about tying a yellow ribbon arnd the old oak tree. Your spirit lives on like the story!:)"
"Del, in your picture you look exactly as I always remember you--smiling with that teasing twinkle in your eye. You were a terrible tease! I remember the many dates I had with your "little brother" that we enjoyed with you and Dorothy, watching what are now old TV programs and that awful wrestling! So many good memories! -Marcia"
"Dad, it's been two years today since you passed away. You are still much in our thoughts, and your example as a godly man and a wonderful father will always be a big part of my life. We miss you, but the lessons you taught us about life keep you close to our hearts. Enjoy your rest in God's arms today. Bob and Evie"
I missed you on Father's Day. But you weren't forgotten. We sent some prayers your way. We were reminded how you used to come home from riding in the car, and you would say: "Boy, it's good to get home." You're home now with your Lord, the best place to be. We love you and we'll be joining you again some day. Your son, Bob"
"We sure do miss him. We think of him often, when we see that commercial on TV that man runs into the screen we just laugh and remember when Ron ran into your screen door, wish I had a picture of that of Del's face and Ron's face. still so funny. He will be forever in our hearts."
"From your loving wife, Dorothy: I'm still here, waiting for you, Honey. One of these days I will see you. I just wanted to tell you that I love you and pray for you every day. Bob and Evie are taking good care of me. I love you. Dorothy+"
"Dad, it's your birthday today, and you would have been 87. But in heaven, you don't have to count birthdays. "When we have been there ten thousand years, there's no less days to sing God's praise than when we first begun." Thank you for the wonderful years as my dad. I love you and I will see you again when our Lord calls me home. Happy birthday, Dad."
"It has been over a year since he has passed, but not forgotten. He will forever be in our hearts until we see him again in heaven."
"Dad, you have enjoyed heaven's treasures for a year now. The reunion with all your friends, relatives, and loved ones must be precious to you. We miss you, but the memories of a great DAD make my life easier. Mom is doing well, and one of these days, you will see her again. Rest in the arms of our Lord until we see you again face to face. Your son, Bob"
"Remember Del everytime I use the hand cultivator in my garden. For some reason it's getting harder to push! Memories are precious and yet hurt a lot. Blessings- Earl ( Butch)"
"Dad, we missed you on Easter Day, but we know you were with our risen Lord. Someday we will see you face to face again, and share the blessed home in heaven prepared for us. Thank you for being such a wonderful dad. We love you, Bob & Evie"
"Dad, we will miss you this holiday season, but we know you are enjoying your first Christmas with our Savior. Someday we will all be together again, but until then, just know that our thoughts are with you. l I found your tackle box in Mom's attic yesterday, and I'm going to try some of your favorite lures this summer to see if they still work. Thanks for being such an awesome father!"
"Always remember how Del took me to play on his softball team in Buchanan. I wasn't a very good hitter but I got to pinch run many times. some of the men were good htters but not fast runners. ( Wonder why? ) I was still quite young and thin!"
"Delbert's memory and friendship still make my heart warm and my face smile due to his kindness and ways. Please keep his beloved Dorothy in your prayers. God bless, Pastor Bruce"
"Remember Brother Delbert and how hard he and Dorothy worked. First house in Bridgman had a weedy yard until they bought it. Guess some of Arend garden traits were showing and continued to show all through life. God bless all of you."
"Aunt Dorothy and cousin Bob. I'm sorry to hear of the loss of Uncle Del. Our condolences to you and your family. I have fond memories of visiting your house on Shawnee and looking at the birdhouses and the family Christmas gatherings at the Arend farm. God's love be with you."
""Uncle Delbert, I am blessed to have had you for my uncle - you were wonderful! I will always remember your happiness & humor. I always knew it was you doing those "meows", even though you never admitted it! Thanks for always 'being there' for your family. I wil miss you!""
"Del was indeed “the salt of the earth”; he was a simple, but saintly man of God who shall be dearly missed, but never forgotten. His spirit lives on in heaven, but his legacy lives on in the earth through his loving family who cared for him so reverently these past 4 years.GBY!"
"Uncle Delbert, I remember your warm smile and how you always made me laugh with some comment or joke. I remember how you and Aunt Dorthy took good care of Grandpa and Grandma Martin who lived next door in Mich. You were always helping others. This world needs more like you"
"Bob and Evie and Dorothy, just wanted you to know how sorry we are that Del passed, he was such a good man, Ron and I will miss him so much, all the times Ron and him were prayer partners and the times we played cards, such good memories, he will be in our hearts forever."
"You probably will remember me as Vicki Wasko. I have so many precious memories of all the Arends at the Congregational Church--thanks for those. Haven't seen you in a very long time but look forward to a great reunion in heaven. God bless. Rest in peace, Delbert."
"Aunt Dorothy and Cousin Bob, So sorry to hear about Uncle Del's passing. Although it has been many years since I last saw him, I do recall him fondly from my childhood. My deepest condolences on your family's loss of a great man."
"One of the kindest and sweetest men I have ever known. I was blessed to have him in my life and I believe Delbert is resting whole and healthy with the Lord, the same Lord he loved and served all of his life."
"Grampy was a wonderful grandfather. I am so lucky to have had him in my life for so long. For me, these 40 years of fond memories will live with me for the rest of my life. I will never forget you, Grampy. And I believe I will see you again in the hereafter. I love you."
"Dad, I like to think I taught you a lot. Maybe through all the books that followed me. But I know deep down inside I learned more from you--your honesty, patience, love, and dedication to God. Things I couldn't learn in books. I will miss you, but I know you are safe with God."
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