Dr. James Dehlin

Resided in Gladstone, MI
Died August 27, 2009

Dr. James R. Dehlin, 91, of Gladstone passed away on Thursday, August 27th, 2009, at the Norlite Nursing Center in Marquette.
Jim was born March 24th, 1918 in Manistique, the son of Gustaf Edward Dehlin and the former Joan Ellen Barrett and was raised in Gladstone. After graduating Gladstone High School in 1936, he began training at the General Motors Technical College in Flint, MI. Shortly after being employed for General Motors, Jim rethought his career options and returned to the Upper Peninsula and attended Northern Michigan University in Marquette. From Northern, he enrolled in the pharmacy program at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where he graduated in 1941 as a registered pharmacist. He was united in marriage to the former Pauline C.

0 Tributes for “Dr. James Dehlin

    To Debbie: My condolences, Debbie, to you and your family in the recent passing of your father. He was not only a wonderful man, but a great physician. I remember visiting his office for various ills when I was a young girl. I was never afraid to go to “the Doctor’s Office.” He had a comforting bedside manner. My deepest sympathy.

    Kristine (Rivers) Ackerman
    Vacaville, CA

    Dr. Dehlin was like family to the Robert and Bernice Petersen household. He treated, not only our mother and father but all six of us kids while growing up. I feel like we have lost one of our own family. He is in heaven with my Mom and Dan now.

    Bonnie J. Sell (Petersen)
    Weslaco, TX

    To the Dehlin family-

    My deepest sympathy in the loss of your father and Grandfather. I have so many memories of seeing Dr. Dehlin at the ski hill watching his children and grandchildren. Even as he advanced in years, we would talk about skiing when we met. I have the pleasure now of working with Jen and Chris who are carrying on the physician tradition. May your memories bring you comfort.

    Kelly, Kevin and Kyle December
    Marquette, MI

    I was very surprised when I was working at a Lansing, Mi hospital and heard the page for Dr. Dehlin. I knew Doc was a family Dr in the UP and suddenly this younger version of him walked in and introduced himself as Dr. Dehlin, I did have to find out and he was a relative. What a family Legacy.

    Betty Petonquot LeMarble
    Sheridan, MI

    I am so sorry for your loss. Dr. Dehlin was my family doctor until I grew up and left home. What a wonderful man with a wonderful legacy. MY prayers to the family.

    Betty Petonquot LeMarble
    Sheridan, MI

    Dear Family, It has been so good to be reading about your father and grandfather Dr. James Dehlin. I wish I had been able to know him. My condolences to each of you for losing such a wonderful man. I knew the grandchildren’s other grandmother Connie Tyner Foster very well; she was my father’s first cousin. That’s my connection to you. Love, Judith Rittenhouse

    Judith Rittenhouse
    Mesa, AZ

    Dr Dehlin was my ex-father in law, I was married to his son John Dehlin for 11 years and we had three beautiful children. The things I remeber most about Dr. Dehlin was his absolute dedication to his family. I have never know a person that had been dealt so many “tests of life” and perservered through them with a positive attitude and a smile. I will always remember the joy in his eyes when his children and grand children around. He was extremely bright but what I hold dear to my heart is the importance to family he had. I am glad my children were able to know this great man. I send my condolences to the entire Dehlin Clan.


    Kristen Dehlin-Todd
    Phoenix, AZ

    Dear Jim and family,

    I joined Drs. Kee and Dehlin in January of 1953. I practiced in Gladstone for 31 years. I always felt I was fortunate to work with these two wonderful physicians. Our world could well appreciate more physicians like Dr. Dehlin. He was a good father to his 9 children, a good citizen of Gladstone and a good friend.

    Marilyn and I wish to express our sympathy to your family. We will miss our visits with him when we return to Gladstone for a visit.

    Peace to his memory.

    Carl and Marilyn Olson
    Palm Harbor, FL

    To all of Jim’s children: your dad was one of the most generous and caring men I have ever known and our entire family always looked forward to being around him. I know that I always learned something about doing for others when I was with him. Jim lived a very full life with much community service – things that are in “fashion” now – but he did them before they were fashionable, they were simply the right thing to do. He was a very good man — our thoughts and prayers go out to you.

    Jeff Heichel
    Troy, MI

    Hello, my name is Dave McGuinness and I am cyber-friends with Sue and Lyle Spalding. I am very sorry to hear of Dr, Dehlin’s passing. I know Sue through a tech support website and we are in regular contact. Sue has told me about Doc Dehlin being a good friend of her family. I wish I had known him. I could listen all day to the exploits of the old timers. Anytime, anywhere. He sounds like he had an amazing life!! Here in the UK, I don’t think youngsters show enough respect to their elders. I miss my grandad and his stories. He and Dr. Dehlin would have had a great time together!! Maybe they are in the great waiting room in the sky, chewing the fat!!

    Hope you are all well.

    Again, my deepest sympathies.

    David McGuinness
    Berwick Upon Tweed, UK

    Our thoughts are with all in the large Dehlin family as you celebrate the life of Doc. He led an incredible life to the very end and accomplished so much, enjoying family and friends, helping in the community and serving so many people. The connection between the Dehlin and Lalich families go back many years to 1951 when we moved to Gladstone. Our parents thought highly of Doc and, of course, our family used his services over time. With the marriage of Jeanne and Brian, we went from friends to relations. When we came back to town we often bumped into Doc around town and it was always good seeing him–it was nice to know that some things had stayed the same. Doc, you will be missed!

    Jim and Marilyn Lalich Vandenberg
    Farmington Hills, MI

    To the Dehlin family and especially those I knew best (Jim, Joe, Tom, John, Jeanne, and Sandy), please accept our sympathies for the loss of your Dad. He was our family doctor, and I credit him for helping to allow my Dad to be able to know his two grandchildren. He gave my Dad about 10 aspirins when he was having a heart attack in August, 1990, and I believe that and the TPA saved his life. I have fond memories of Dr. Dehlin and playing with the kids in your yard and neighborhood while growing up. May your family be comforted in your sorrow, but know that he is at peace and will be well taken care of, just as he did for so many.

    Tom Waeghe
    Wilmington, DE

    Our deepest sympathies to the Dehlin Family. Dr. Dehlin took care of us like we were a part of his family… He was a kind, considerate man, and he ALWAYS had time to talk to you. He never hurried, if you had a question, he would answer it.. He was one heck of a guy, and we will miss him .

    Lyle & Sue
    Rapid River, MI

    Doctor Dehlin was a dear friend, mentor, good neighbor, and family physician for our family from the time we moved to Gladstone in 1982 until we left upon our retirements in 2004. We have missed not having Jim as our “Doctor” for these last five years. He was always there whenever we needed him. His diagnostic skills were fantastic. His friendship is missed. His U of M Flag was always flying (as well as a few Packer flags). We’ll never forget the Dehlin family singing Christmas carols from their deck to us as we ate our Christmas dinner. Farewell Jim

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