Allen Laverne Deline

South Branch, Michigan
November 3, 1932 - October 26, 2019


Visitation for Allen will take place 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at Buresh Funeral Home, 121 South Washington, Hale, Michigan 48739.

Service Location

Buresh Funeral Home, 121 South Washington Street, Hale, Michigan 48739


Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at Buresh Funeral Home, 121 South Washington,Hale, Michigan 48739. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery in South Branch, Michigan with military honors. Online condolences may be offered at

Obituary Notice

Allen Laverne Deline, age 86, of South Branch, Michigan, formerly of Romulus, Michigan passed away Saturday, October 26, 2019 with family by his side at home.

Allen was born November 3, 1932 in Davison, Michigan to the late Claude and Estella (Randalle) Deline. He joined the United States ARMY after leaving high school serving from November 15, 1949 to October 7, 1953 during the Korean Conflict. Upon discharge he began his long time career with General Motors as an Inspector retiring in 1985. He then moved to the South Branch, Michigan area to enjoy retirement. Allen enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, hunting, gardening, lawn mowing, wood splitting, building homes, and snow plowing.

Allen is survived by his children, Katherine (Scott) Maichele, Kurtis (Carol) Deline, Karen Boka, Kristine (John) DeTroyer, Kelly (John) Compton, and Karl Deline; grandchildren, Jill and Jayna, Ashley, Elizabeth, Dana, Natalie, Haley, and Garrison, Dawn and David, Jeremy and Brandon, and Andrea and Jimmy; great grandchildren, Britta, Emory, Malcolm and Penelope, Andrew, Anabela, and Anthony, Sebastian and Carter, and Madeline, Addison and Amelia; and long time companion, Beverly Kuschel. In addition to his parents, Allen was preceded in death by his sisters Reta, Edna, Gladys, Marie, Mae, Violet, Renis, Connie, and brother Marshall Claude (Bud) .

Visitation for Allen will take place 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at Buresh Funeral Home, 121 South Washington Street, Hale, Michigan. Funeral ceremony will take place at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment with military honors will be held in Oak Grove Cemetery in South Branch, Michigan. Online condolences may be offered at


Oak Grove Cemetery, South Branch, Michigan


You are going to be missed uncle Jim my condolences go out to the family love dwayne
— Dwayne
A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you. Blessed was the PaPa that left this large of a legacy behind. You will be missed & will always be loved dearly.
— Ashley Amthor-Shaffer
Oh Papa... I'll never forget the times and laughs that we shared...

It was an honor and privilege to be part of the family...

All my Love to you Sir ... Rest Easy

My utmost condolences and Love to Every member the Deline family...
— Rick Tromblay
Our thought are with you! He was always a part of our lives even though we were miles away. I’m sorry we won’t be there with you. We will miss him!
— Norma Szabo
I'm so sorry 💔 He was a great man. I have so many wonderful memories of Uncle Jim, but one that I'll never ever forget was the day of my grandpa Deline's funeral. I was so very sad and Uncle Jim wrapped me up in one of his famous bear hugs and told me that since they were brothers it would be okay for him to take over for grandpa and I could call him grandpa now. I was only eleven when my grandpa passed and he was the only grandpa I'd ever had. Uncle Jim comforted me and made me feel so much better and I will never forget how special he always made me feel. Love you 😘❤️
— Sandy Boyce Manwell
My heart is saddened to hear of Uncle Jim’s passing. When I was young he visited his sisters house and I was there. He went and bought my brother and i coloring books. It left such an impression on me. I was over a lot and always wished he was my grandpa too. I loved uncle Jim more than I could explain. I tried to visit as much as I could. I liked visiting with him and I always felt loved. He was an amazing person and will be missed terribly. I am so thankful my children got to meet him as well. There isn’t a finer person, more giving and loving who put family first on this planet. Sending his family my thoughts and prayers. I am so very very sorry for your loss.
— Lisa Hoskins-Crawford
To the best man I'll ever know, and the greatest man there ever will be. You will never be forgotten, and you will always be loved.
— - Jeremy
He lost both parents when he was about five. He loved his entire family very much. He was always there to help any one. He bravely served in the Korean War. There, he overcame malaria and an allergy to penicillin when he had appendicitis. He was kindly allowed to keep the shrapnel in his head. A deer once crushed his thigh while he was riding his Harley with mom on the back. He amazingly held up the bike & Mom was okay. The gas tank suffered a huge dent & the deer went to heaven. He once saved Aunt Renis' huge outboard motor on the pontoon from sinking to the bottom of Chain Lake. When the mounting board broke, he grabbed the super heavy motor & wound up on his belly with his head & shoulders completely under water. Mom sat on him & all of us kids piled on. When the pontoon tilted & nearly sent all of us into the deep (6 feet?), all of us kids had to run to the other side so he could breathe. Somehow, up he came, out of the wetness, with the boat motor in both hands! He will always be the most strong man in the world to me.
— Kristine M DeTroyer-Daughter
Oh the memories of our gentle giant Uncle Jim! I loved you bigger than life. 2 very distinctive memories come to mind, the first when I was 12 and I took off from camp on the day we were suppose to leave to go meet a boy. I was told 30 minutes to departure and caused quite a problem (search party and such) When I returned some 2 hours later you had already smoothed over my very angry father and sent him home,saying you told me to go and you would safely delivery me the out of your way home. The second is the day we buried my gramps. I was very very angry cause he was gone. And you stood there and cried and told me just how badly his passing hurt you too. So much compassion ,you were always kind, caring and loving to everyone you came into contact with. Sadly you will be missed and cherished in the hearts of many. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Kurt, Kathy, Kris Karen, Kelly and Karl your father was a wonderful man . I send love and hugs to you all. May he rest in Heaven.
— Michelle Deline (bud's granddaughter)
Papa would take me and Davey up north when we were younger all the time. I always remember watching deer with the first black bear and her Cubs getting into his humming.bird feeders...Going fishing in Joe's lake and my fish was a little bigger than his and he was done fishing after that. So many memories. He worked so hard all his life and showed me that was how u earned things. I'm the person I am today because of him. It was a privilege to be your granddaughter. To feel ur strong arms hug and show me love ALL THE TIME. I love you PAPA.
— Dawn Detroyer
I have a heavy heart. I will miss uncle Jim a whole lot. I remember the time he stopped by and got me. It was my 13th birthday. He took me up to the lot to surprise my grandma (Harriet), he told me to hide under a blanket in the back seat. He told her he had a surprise for her under the blanket, when she pulled the blanket off me, she started to cry. I believe it was tears of joy. I had such a great time. It was the best present l ever got. Thank you uncle Jim. Rest in Pease. Much love Patti Deline
— Patricia Deline
I will always remember the times when we use to sit around the kitchen table talking. The house was always hopping with kids coming and going. I don't recall calling you Allen, as I called you Mr. Deline. We both moved away from Romulus, and Kelly kept me up to date on you. I know you are no longer in pain and that you are in a better place. You will be sorely missed by so many, you lived a long and fulfilled life. May you watch down on us and help us to be better in all we do. Love you/Hugs.....
— Linda Weber
The best Papa ever. He enriched my life, and that of my children, in countless ways. I know I get my work ethic from Papa and so do my sons. A fortunate retiree of GM’s “30 and out” plan, he was lucky enough to be retired more years than he worked, in his cabin in the woods. The best smell in the world to me is the smell of the fire as you approach the cabin and a phrase he would say — “He who splits his own wood is warmed twice .”

I remember the year we celebrated Christmas up north as kids. He cut down a huge Christmas tree that was so tall it went into the rafters, covered in snow and hauled in for us 6 kids to decorate with homemade popcorn garland, etc. Some of my fondest memories are of being at the swimming hole at Chain Lake and having my Dad throw me overhead in the water. I never wanted to leave. Such a strong man and protector of family/family values. He will be sorely missed. Rest In Peace.
— Kelly Compton (daughter)
He was a great man I will always remember the good times I had with him at the cabin at the family reunions just to mention a few things I remember when he ordered 10 Federal cords of firewood that we had to cut up at the cabin and he gave me a small saw cuz he didn't want me to hurt myself he was always worrying about that he will be missed tremendously by all my family I love you Uncle Jim rest in peace you and my dad can talk about old times
— Jeremy szabo
To: Allen Laverne Delines family, I am very saddened about the passing of my beloved relative. And would like to Express my sadness at Jim's passing and send my love and blessings to all the family and friends. Sincerely, bob randall
— Bob Randall
My Dear Uncle Jim,

You were a special Uncle to me with a munificent Heart of Gold. Words cannot express how dear you are to my heart and will forever be.

I will take comfort in knowing I have another Special Guardian Angel watching over us. I am Saddened we no longer have you here with us on Earth. There won't be a day that goes by without thinking about you.

Thank you Uncle Jim for being at McLaren Hospital, packing things and waiting for me to transfer my Father to the nursing home. Don't know how I would of handled it without you. It was a surprise to see you. Later I got both parents together. Thank you again for all the visits with them. I know this was a thank you, from your heart, for my parents taking you Uncle Jim and Uncle Bud in their home after loosing your parents at a early age.

Remembering conversing with you about changing my poppy diapers (1946) and you told me, I was your little brat. You must of been around 14 at the time. Also you and Donald (my brother, born 1938) was like brothers to each other all your life and he thought the same of you.

When you came home on leaves from the Army, you would come up stairs and say it time to get up, lifting the blankets up, rolling the Twins (Marla, Marva) and me of course, on the floor, then giving us a "Big Hug". Loved it!

Please give all the departed loves ones "BIG HUGS" Love you.

Sending the family all our love and prayers.

Fayrene (Alex & Marie Szabo Daughter)
— Fayrene Brancheau
Uncle Jim, you were a gift to all who knew you. We have wonderful memories of you. You stood by us and helped us build our house from start to finish. You and Tim became the very best of friends, and like father and son. We appreciated and loved you so much. I remember when it was time for a coffee break, you would say, “just a half a cup honey”. My mom, his sister, Renis, once got him a china 1/2 cup which he loved and kept as a reminder of my mom. He had the biggest heart and was there for anyone who needed him. He was a very selfless and loving man always. You will be missed by all, especially us. Our prayers go out to all who knew and loved him especially the Deline family. Heaven just got another angel.
— LaRene Hoskins-neice
As many of you probably don’t know me. Tim ( Timmy) Hoskins and I we’re together for 21 years. And as teenagers spent time with uncle Jim.
My condolences and prayers are with you all. Hugs
— Mary Hoskins
The first time I met Papa, he welcomed into his home and heart. Subsequent visits gave opportunity to see how great was his love toward others - children, grandchildren, friend, me. Papa leaves behind a legacy of care and kindness to others, regardless of relationship or circumstance.
— Lisa
We are so sad to hear of Al's passing. Rick worked for him on odd and end jobs. We are holding your families up in prayer.
— Rick and Pam Moffit
I miss you papa it’s been almost 7 months and still every day is hard 🥺😭I love you so much
— Haley (Granddaughter)

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