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Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

621 South Jefferson, Mason, MI

OBITUARY

Jeffrey Allen DeKett

8 September , 19786 May , 2019

Jeffrey Allen DeKett, 40, of Lansing passed away on Monday, May 6, 2019.

A Celebration of Life Service for Jeff will be held at 5:00 to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, May 31, 2019, at Mason First Church of the Nazarene with Reverend Gerhard Weigelt officiating. An open house will follow the service from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. If you are interested in making a memorial contribution, an education trust is being established to benefit Jeff’s daughters.

Jeff was born on September 8, 1978, in Lansing, the son of Marvin and Sheryl (Bristol) DeKett. He was a graduate in the Class of 1997 from Mason High School. Jeff was certified as an expert mushroom identifier and loved to share his knowledge and love of mycology with others. He was a wonderful stay at home dad to his daughter, Isabella (Izzy). His artistic abilities included drawing and playing the guitar. Although he loved all music, listening to new, less mainstreamed music was one of his passions. His love for music was shared with his daughters and their love for it is equally strong. He was kind, compassionate, and had a wonderful sense of humor. Jeff had a sense about him which caused others to feel immediately at ease when in his presence. He is missed very much.

Jeff is survived by his wife Jimi DeKett of Lansing; his daughters Morgan DeKett of Chesaning and Isabella DeKett of Lansing; grandparents Barry and Sharon Bristol of Lansing; parents Marvin and Sheryl DeKett of Eaton Rapids; sister Jeni (Brent) Conlin of DeWitt; nephew Noah Conlin; niece Maddi Conlin; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Jeff was preceded in death by his aunt Karon (DeKett) Fellows, grandmother Marjorie (Fulton) Bristol, and grandparents Glen DeKett and Marian (Rappleyea) Zischke.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Friday, 31 May , 2019

Memories

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Ofelia Bristol

24 May 2019

I met Jeff for the first time at my first Bristol family Thanksgiving. Brian and I were not married yet, and I remember being a bit overwhelmed and very nervous. I'll never forget having this tall handsome young man come up to me and my daughter Janelle' and introducing himself to us as Brian's nephew Jeff. He gave us both such a welcoming smile and each of us a big hug. I had taken Tamales as my food contribution, and many had never had them before and were asking if they needed to remove the husk before biting into them - Jeff of course, was the first to dig in. For some reason, that stuck with me always, and from that moment on - Jeff held a very special place in my heart. I loved him truly. I will miss him always.

Brian Bristol

24 May 2019

Jeff was my 1st nephew. I was 17 years old and became a proud uncle. Every time I saw him growing up, he was always smiling, energetic, happy Jeff. The words I'll never forget hearing from Jeff are - "Hi uncle Brian" always with a big smile on his face. We enjoyed many conversations about music, the last one being in April, 2019. We were talking about the new styles of acoustical guitar players he wanted me to check out on You-Tube, one specifically being Andy McKee. Our conversations about music have enlightened me further when I write music. Jeff had a kind, helpful heart and he was always there when you needed him. Following my surgery in 2017, Jeff and I texted frequently. One of his last texts he said, "I love you Brian", that will remain with me for the rest of my life. All my memories of Jeff will remain in my heart and soul for the rest of my life and beyond.

Kelly Hudson

21 May 2019

Jeff is my cousin. I remember times as kids, my sister and I would go to visit Jeff & Jeni, Aunt Sheryl & Uncle Marv sometimes for days at a time. I remember taunting Jeff (as a cousin 7 years his junior it was sort of my unassigned duty) and he would taunt me right back.. often times grabbing me by my ankles and holding me upside-down by my feet, swinging me around. I’d squeal and laugh so hard which just provoked him more. He loved making people laugh! I remember his big smile and laugh. His eyes always lit up when he smiled. I remember his music collection and when he’d play guitar in his room. I thought his and Jeni’s waterbeds were so cool! As we grew up, we saw each other less often, but Jeff always had a genuine smile at family get togethers when I saw him. You will be missed. May you rest in eternal peace surrounded by heavenly guitars. I’m sure Grandma was there to welcome you. Hugs and love to Aunt Sheryl, Uncle Marv, Jeni and the whole family. Love you.

Ken Moran

21 May 2019

Jeff and I became friends in middle school, Jeff was very compassionate that friend that would give you the shirt off his back,Jeff wasn't judgemental he was quick to listen and slow to speak the friend you would go to for advice that wasn't sugar coated at the same time you knew it came from the heart!!
The older I get the more I realize how hard it is to find a true friend like Jeff a friend that can't be replaced!! My prayers go out to Jeff's family and loved ones

Regina Douglas

14 May 2019

He always had a smile on his face in school... always said hello everyday...such a great person growing up.. haven't seen since school..RIP and prayers to the family ..my heart goes out to all

Derek Peters

10 May 2019

I was friends with Jeff during middle school. Afterwards, we kind of grew apart and I have not spoken with him for many years. I was sad to hear this news and it made me reflect. Jeff was a guy who had a similar music sensibility to me and that was what connected us. He was a person who introduced me to a lot of music that would influence me going forward and inspired me to play drums. Also, he was hilarious. Very sorry to hear that he passed.

Laura Rakowski-Cole

10 May 2019

Sending prayers for healing and peace to all of you. Marv and Sheryl, I didn't know your son but I know the love you have for him and his loved ones. Praying for you and sending lots of love. Laura

Beth Bochenek-Ward

10 May 2019

Although we were not close & I have not seen Jeff since high school, I remember him as being funny and kind. I can see his smile. My heart breaks for you, his family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Jeff will forever be your guardian angel. Fly high and may you rest easy Jeff.

Morgan DeKett

10 May 2019

One fond memory I have of my dad took place in his living room while Izzy was asleep and Jimi was at work. Izzy had just been born a few months prior and we were talking about how babies will sometimes just randomly kick or move their arms. He decided to demonstrate this.
"They are just kind of like.. I WONDER WHAT THIS DOES!" And of course, he knocked over the lamp.. and I lost it..
In response to me laughing so hard tears were rolling down my face, he decided to keep flailing his arms like a dork. My dad always knew how to make me laugh so hard I couldn't breathe. I love my daddy and I will try my hardest to keep his humor alive in our family. Love you daddy.

LeVon Bristol

10 May 2019

When Jeff and I were kids we were close, and I always looked forward to seeing him at his house, at Grandpas, and family events, being that I didn’t have a lot of friends back then, and we were the oldest of the cousins. He was my best friend back then. He would just school me at Top Gun and Punch Out in Grandpa’s basement. He showed me how to throw knives in the wooded area behind his parents house. I thought that was so cool. Our Grandfather took us on a few trips to Florida together when we were young. We would practice magic tricks and rehearse them in the closet, so that we could work on our presentation for Grandpa. When I think of Jeff, these are some of the memories I’ll always cherish. Though we drifted apart as we got older, I’ll never forget his positive impact on me as a kid. He was a funny guy, and I could always count on a good laugh around Jeff. My heart goes out to the Family in this difficult time.

FROM THE FAMILY