Delbert D. Nye, 81, of Kingsley, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017 surrounded by his loved ones. He was the son of Irvan and Louise (McKay) Nye, born on March 9, 1935 in Cadillac.
On March 8, 1957 Delbert married Geraldine (Gerry) Stitt in Mesick. Together they raised three children.
Delbert was a member of the U.S. Army National Guard in the early 1950s. He served with the military police in the motor pool division. He was also the unofficial "sheriff" of Harietta from 1957 to 1958.
Delbert was a freight truck driver for over 40 years. He hauled a little bit of everything from asphalt to cattle. He loved driving the truck and logged over a million miles before he retired.
Delbert owned and operated Nye's Trap Range in Kingsley. Shooting trap was his passion. He was inducted into the Michigan Trap Shooting Hall of Fame in 2015. He was a member of the Amateur Trap Shooting Association and the NRA.
Delbert was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Allen Nye.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Gerry; his children, Cecil (Toni) Nye, of Kingsley, Kay (John) Stone, of Thompsonville, and Leslie Smith, of Kingsley; five grandchildren, Melanie, James, Jesse, Tina and Dewayne; two great-grandchildren, Molly and Oliver; sister, Dorothy Butcher; and brother, James Nye.
A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, March 4, 2017, at 11 a.m., at the Kingsley High School gymnasium, with a reception to follow.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Kingsley Area Ambulance, 2266 E. M-113, Kingsley, MI 49649.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Kingsley.
Published on  February 26, 2017