Delmar V. Kievit, age 64, of Wells died on June 29, 2020 at home after a long battle with COPD and lung cancer surrounded by his loving wife and children.
Delmar was born in St. Ignace, Michigan on May 26, 1956, the son of Delmar E. and Minnie (Lupnutz) Kievit. He served his country proudly in the United States Navy and retired with 24.5 years of active service in 1999. His adult life was dedicated to our national defense and training the younger generations on how to do their jobs. He served on six ships (a WWII Gearing-class Fram II Destroyer, a Spruance-class Destroyer, a Military Sealift Command oiler, an Auxiliary Repair Light (ARL) ship, an Ammunition Supply ship and the USS Constellation). He also served two instructor shore station assignments and one shore duty assignment as Departmental Leading Chief. He was hired as a defense contractor with Commandeer Naval Air Forces Pacific fleet (CNAP) as a maintenance logistic expert and helped set CNAP policies, train shipboard personnel on how to be maintenance self sufficient and inspect shipboard maintenance logistics on adherence to CNAP policies.
Delmar was united in marriage to Gertrud “Trudy” Kelm on December 10, 1983 and was a lifetime member of the VFW.
He is survived by his wife of 37 years Gertrud “Trudy”Kievit of Wells, his daughter, Jacqueline (Amador “Ernie”) Marquez of Wells, son Todd Michael Kievit of Wells; grandchildren, Lily- Beth Lulu Marquez and Willow-Anne Marquez; brothers Arthur (Kay) of Escanaba, Dale of Interlochen, MI, Jerome (Cindy) of Lewiston, MI and Fred (Brenda) of Manitowoc, WI; sister, Geneva (John) Pearson of Escanaba and Delma Jean Wood of Escanaba and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Douglas and Neil.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, August 2 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Agape Ministries Church in Escanaba. Memorial services will follow at 4:00 PM with Pastor Art Kievit officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be directed to the local blood bank, Hospice organization or cancer society.
The Kievit family is being assisted by the Skradski Family Funeral Home.