Denzel Dickey DeLine, 87, of Midland, died Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, surrounded by his loving family. He was born April 4, 1926, in Adrian, to the late Porter and Vida Belle (Switzer) DeLine.
While Dick was known as a respected business leader, to his family he was a loving and encouraging father, husband and grandpa who will be forever missed. To his community, he was known as a man dedicated to giving back and making a difference.
Dick served in the U.S. Navy
in 1944 during World War II
, attending the U.S. Naval Training Center in Great Lakes, Ill., and Yeoman school in Shoemaker, Calif. He was later stationed on Treasure Island, Calif., as Yeoman 2-C.
After an honorable discharge in 1946, Dick attended the University of Michigan
and Western Michigan University, receiving a bachelor's degree in chemistry and physics in 1950. Dick immediately joined The Dow Chemical Co. as a chemist, retiring in 1990 as manufacturing manager after 40 years of service. Dick enjoyed many roles during his career, from production engineer and superintendent to major manager of the agricultural chemicals production department and herbicides technology center.
Although humble about his achievements, Dick was instrumental in many growth projects for Dow, including Dow's Alaskan petrochemical project. He also received numerous awards, including the Silver Knight of Management which is the highest award given by the National Management Association. After retirement, Dick was able to spend time doing what he enjoyed most â€" visiting with family, traveling, hunting and spending summers at his cottage in northern Michigan.
A member of many industry associations, Dick was also on multiple boards in the region, including United Way of Midland County, Midland Community Center, Midland Chamber of Commerce, and Senior Services. He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Midland, and a lifetime member of the American Legion, Elks Club
, American Chemical Society (ACS) and American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).
Dick was preceded in death by his parents and one grandchild. Surviving are his wife, LuEllen DeLine; his children, Candace (Roger) Balis, Jeffrey (Kim) DeLine, Rebecca Turner, Susan (Steve) Rhoderick, Kevin (Dee) DeLine, Steven (Karen) DeLine and Scott (Denise) DeLine; and Elma DeLine, the mother of his children. Also surviving are his wife's children, Jan Marie Joslyn, Del Jr. (Kim) Joslyn, Kari (Tony) Battaglia and Don Joslyn. Dick is also survived by 26 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren; in addition to his sister, Sherry Wiggans; three brothers, Greg, Porter and James DeLine; his sister-in-law, Dot Forsythe; and brother-in-law, Val (Mary) Watkins.
Visitation will be at the Ware-Smith Funeral Home in Midland on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Visitation will also be at the First United Methodist Church, Main St., on Friday, at 10 a.m., followed by a church service with military honors at 11 a.m. with The Rev. Dr. Charles Keyworth officiating. A luncheon will be held in the church reception hall immediately after.
Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider a memorial to the American Association of University Women Educational Foundation to: AAUW Midland Branch, P.O. Box 30, Midland, MI 48640