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Obituary for Jeffrey Thomas Delp

Thomas Jeffrey Delp
September 19, 1940 a?" October 29, 2009
Jeffrey was born in Pulaski, Virginia, the oldest child of Dr. William Fredrick Delp and Dorothy Elizabeth Wallner. He was named after his maternal grandfather, a wonderful man who remained an inspiration to Jeff for his whole life. After graduating with honors from high school in Sarasota, Florida, Jeff attended the University of the South in Tennessee. While there, he was called to the religious life, and joined an order of Anglican Franciscan monks in New York State. A few years later, finding that the religious life was not his calling after all, Jeffrey enrolled in U of M in Ann Arbor, where he completed graduate studies, and subsequently fell in love with Michigan. After living in northern California, and in Florida, where he worked as a computer programmer for Tropicana, Jeff returned to Michigan, where he lived in Allegan, Holland, and for the past 19 years in Pullman. Because of a seizure disorder brought on by a head trauma years ago, Jeff was disabled and unable to continue to work as a programmer. Jeffrey never lost his thirst for acquiring knowledge and was a self-taught linguist, fluent in at least three foreign languages. Jeffrey also had a deep and abiding love of God, and a life-long interest in Religion. He attended churches of many denominations, most recently Horse Shoe Chapel in Pullman, and he was a member of the Russian Orthodox Catholic Church. Jeffrey was preceeded in death by his parents and by his younger sister, Debbie. He is survived by his sister, Ashley Nackley of Piedmont, CA. and by many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his adopted Pullman family, Tim and Brenda Durand, their children Adam and Evita Ten Cate, and Rhonda Freeman, and his close friend Rod Heerspink, as well many other friends in the area. Jeff was a familiar local figure, walking his little dog along the backroads surrounding Pullman. He will be missed by the many who knew and loved him. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009 at the Chappell Funeral Home Fennville, MI with visiting one hour before services, burial will be in Lee Cemetery Pullman, MI Memorial donations may be made to the charity of one's choice. An online registry book is available at

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