ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Delbert Arend 85 years old, born on October 4, 1925 and passed away on August 19, 2011. We will remember him forever.
Posted by Robert Arend on August 19, 2020
Dad, It's been 9 years since you went to heaven. Time passes quickly here on earth, but you don't need clocks in heaven. You and Mom are rejoicing together. And that makes me smile--and look forward to the Blessed Hope of seeing both of you again soon. I'll be preaching at our church this Sunday, and I'll be thanking God for the parents He gave me. I love you Dad. Your Son Bob
Posted by Robert Arend on October 4, 2018
Dad, today you would have celebrated your 93rd birthday. The years I spent with you were filled with your wisdom, your love, and your patience. Thank you for the privilege to stand on your shoulders and to view the world from a higher place--just because of you. God gave me the best father I could ever hope for. See you soon in the eternal realm. Your son, Bob
Posted by Joyce Flory on August 20, 2018
SURE DO MISS YOU AND DOROTHY. WE HAD SOME REALLY GOOD TIMES TOGETHER
Posted by Robert Arend on August 19, 2018
Dad, I went to church today and thought about the hymns you used to sing. "When we all get to heaven" was one of your favorites. I wonder what songs you are singing today now that you are in God's presence. I miss you and Mom a lot, but I am so grateful you are safe in God's arms. I'll see you soon, and we can all sing together once again. Thank you, God, for the parents you gave me! Your son, Bob
Posted by Joyce Flory on August 22, 2017
Wow time goes by so fast. Sure miss you and Dorothy, we had some really good times. Some day soon we will all be togetther in heaven. Looking forward to that day.
Posted by Robert Arend on August 20, 2017
Dad, it's been 6 years since you went home to be with our Lord. Mom joined you a couple of years ago, and it won't be long before our family will be complete again. I miss you, your friendly demeanor, your fatherly advice, your sense of humor, and your wise counsel. I love you so much, and I know we shall see each other again. Enjoy your heavenly reward, and thanks so much for being the best dad I could ever have. Your son.
Posted by Robert Arend on October 17, 2015
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
Posted by Josh Arend on October 6, 2015
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! ;)
Posted by Joyce Flory on August 19, 2015
Happy Birthday Del, we sure do miss you and Dorothy.
Someday we will see you again, when the Lord calls us home.
Posted by Robert Arend on August 19, 2015
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.
Posted by Robert Arend on October 4, 2014
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.
Posted by Joyce Flory on October 4, 2014
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.
Posted by Robert Arend on August 19, 2014
Dad,
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
Posted by Joyce Flory on October 9, 2013
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.
Posted by Robert Arend on October 4, 2013
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
Posted by Josh Arend on October 4, 2013
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!:)
Posted by Josh Arend on August 20, 2013
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!:)
Posted by Marcia Arend on August 19, 2013
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
Posted by Robert Arend on August 19, 2013
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
Posted by Robert Arend on June 18, 2013
Dad,
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
Posted by Joyce Flory on June 17, 2013
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.
Posted by Robert Arend on June 16, 2013
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+
Posted by Robert Arend on October 4, 2012
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.
Posted by Joyce Flory on October 4, 2012
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.
Posted by Robert Arend on August 20, 2012
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
Posted by eEarl Arend on August 19, 2012
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)
Posted by Robert Arend on April 11, 2012
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
Posted by Robert Arend on November 25, 2011
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!
Posted by eEarl Arend on October 4, 2011
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!
Posted by Pastor Bruce De Soto on October 4, 2011
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
Posted by eEarl Arend on September 21, 2011
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.
Posted by Dennis Arend on September 5, 2011
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.
Posted by Lorraine Stickel on August 30, 2011
"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!"
Posted by Pastor Bruce De Soto on August 29, 2011
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!
Posted by Eloise Myers on August 27, 2011
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
Posted by Joyce Flory on August 26, 2011
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.
Posted by Vicki May on August 25, 2011
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.
Posted by Jeanine Lugo on August 24, 2011
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.
Posted by Andrea Kuipers on August 23, 2011
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.
Posted by Robert Arend on August 22, 2011
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.
Posted by Julie Benn on August 22, 2011
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.

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Posted by Robert Arend on August 19, 2020
Dad, It's been 9 years since you went to heaven. Time passes quickly here on earth, but you don't need clocks in heaven. You and Mom are rejoicing together. And that makes me smile--and look forward to the Blessed Hope of seeing both of you again soon. I'll be preaching at our church this Sunday, and I'll be thanking God for the parents He gave me. I love you Dad. Your Son Bob
Posted by Robert Arend on October 4, 2018
Dad, today you would have celebrated your 93rd birthday. The years I spent with you were filled with your wisdom, your love, and your patience. Thank you for the privilege to stand on your shoulders and to view the world from a higher place--just because of you. God gave me the best father I could ever hope for. See you soon in the eternal realm. Your son, Bob
Posted by Joyce Flory on August 20, 2018
SURE DO MISS YOU AND DOROTHY. WE HAD SOME REALLY GOOD TIMES TOGETHER
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What I read at Grampy's memorial service

Shared by Julie Benn on August 27, 2011

 

I have such good memories of Grampy.

As a little kid, he would pull me around in a wagon—all over the house and outside too.

He and Grammy had a riding lawn mower and they attached a trailer to it and I would ride in the trailer behind the mower as we rode all over the farm in Michigan. I thought it was a blast.

Grampy showed me how to play croquet in the back yard in Michigan too. He would almost always win though.

I would come to visit a couple of times a year when I was growing up. I remember Grampy working hard at Troost Bros. Furniture as a carpet layer. Grammy and I would make his lunch for him and we would always put some little “surprise” in it—like a refrigerator magnet in his sandwich or something like that, so that he would find it when he took a bite!

Grampy built me a dollhouse when I was little. It was a beautiful 2-story house—very sturdy and he carpeted the rooms and the stairway and even hung wallpaper in it and made all the furniture. I spent hour after hour, year after year playing with that house. Since then, more generations of children have played with it as family nieces and grandkids filtered through and delighted in it.

When I would visit, we would play lots of games. Board games like Sorry, Parcheesi and Chinese Checkers and card games like Crazy 8's, Old Maid and Uno. Grampy was always hard to beat.

We would always go to church on Sundays and I remember Grampy reading scripture at the pulpit and singing hymns and teaching Sunday School. He would always have a pocket full of Bible tracks that he would leave at various places. He must have left hundreds of them over the years. His faith was always a very important part of his life and he wanted everyone to know that.

Grampy liked cats and, although I don't remember him having any animals, he would always let the neighbor's cats sit on his lap on the porch outside. More recently he would always ask me about my giant Golden Retriever, who he affectionately called, “Fido.”

He took great pride in his home and his work. Grampy was a perfectionist when it came to his woodworking and home improvements. He was precise and professional in every detail. The basement at the Michigan house was filled with his woodworking creations—wooden painted tulips that he had meticulously carved. Wooden wreaths, tic-tac-toe games, napkin holders, cats with marbles for eyes, all kinds of amazing stuff. He was an artist.

I will always remember his sense of humor. He was quick with a smile and a laugh. “You want a pop in the nose?” he would always teasingly say.

Grampy was a very special grandfather. I am honored to have been his granddaughter and to have had him a part of so many stages of my life.

Grampy, I will never forget you. I honor you today and every day as your wonderful memories will live on in all of our hearts and minds. I think of you now, safe and whole being held in the hollow of God's hand, as you often said in your prayers. I love you Grampy. And I always will.

A Memory from son Robert

Shared by Robert Arend on August 23, 2011

Dad, I remember in college days when I used to write to you.  And sometimes you wrote back, telling me about the snow and the new roof and the cattails growing lushy wild in the ditch bank.  You were a good dad in those days, full of complaints at times, but giving and honest and even stern when I needed it.  You fought the traffic to Chicago to see me when I knew you hated the tollways.  You even drove 40 miles an hour to Kalamazoo in a blinding snowstorm to bring me my rent.

I had some great times with you in my early years.  You used to umpire in our church baseball games and you would always warm up my mitt for me at first base.  I liked Saturdays best of all.  That was Mom's day off from me. Your trademark was, "it's coffee break time," and off we would go to Baroda drug store--coffee with cream and sugar for you, a soda fountain milkshake and hamburger for me.  Sometimes you would fish out a nickel for me to play a favorite song on the juke box from the hit parade. 

I lived for our vacations together.  I never saw you much during the week because you had to work such long hours.  Even a half day on every other Saturday.  But on vacations I knew it was father-son times.  And all those great early morning trips fishing for bass and blue gills.  We never really did catch much, yet those times were the most precious of all.  My love for fishing and wild nature started right there with you in the boat along the Michigan lakes and shore lines.  Later on in life I remember fishing without you and I would say, "This one's for Dad," as I would cast my lure by some bubbles in the lily pads.

I didn't turn out to be the perfect son.  In some ways we both lacked perfection.  But we grew and we learned and we were real.  Through your sensitivity, your generosity, and your love, you have lifted me up on your shoulders to view the world from a new perspective, to find my way in this thing called life.  Dad, for letting me be me, I love you.  And for the part of you that you reached down to give to me, I thank you.  I will miss you, but the things you taught me will remain in my heart forever.  As you used to sing, "When we all get to heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be."  I'll see you again, and once again, I'll tell you that I love you.  Your Son, Bob