Delbert D. Nye

March 9, 1935January 31, 2017

Delbert D Nye, 81,of Kingsley, passed away Tuesday, January 31, 2017, surrounded by his loved ones.

He was the son of Irvan and Louise (McKay) Nye, born on March 9, 1935 in Cadillac, Michigan.

On March 8, 1957, Delbert married Geraldine (Gerry) Stitt in Mesick, Michigan. Together they raised three children.

Delbert was a member of the Army National Guard in the early 1950's. He served with the military police in the motor pool division. He was also the unofficial "Sheriff" of Harietta, Michigan in 1957-58.

Delbert was a freight truck driver for over 40 years. He hauled a little bit of everything from Asphalt to Cattle. He loved driving the truck and logged over a million miles before he retired.

Delbert owned and operated Nye's Trap Range in Kingsley. Shooting trap was his passion. He was inducted into the Michigan Trap Shooting Hall of Fame in 2015. He was a member of the Amateur Trap Shooting Association and the NRA.

Delbert was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Allen Nye. He is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Gerry; his children Cecil (Toni) Nye of Kingsley, Kay (John) Stone of Thompsonville and Leslie Smith of Kingsley; five grand children: Melanie, James, Jesse, Tina and Dewayne and two great grandchildren; Molly and Oliver; sister Dorothy Butcher and brother James Nye.

A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Kingsley High School Gymnasium with a reception to follow.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Kingsley Area Ambulance, 2266 E m 113, Kingsley, Michigan 49649. Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Kingsley.


  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, March 4, 2017


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Sue Ellen Mageli

March 14, 2017

We found the photo and certificate he received from the Michigan Trapshooting Association on the road, probably was lost during transportation. I am sure the family would like to have it. Please contact me to claim.

Mike & Robin King

February 25, 2017

Been struggling with what to say about a man who made the sport of trap shooting such a pleasure. We will fondly remember his stories, jokes, and most of all, his smile. Heaven just added another angel. To Del's family, take solace in knowing Del touched the heart of everyone he met. He will truly be missed. Rest in peace, dear friend. Till we meet again.

Recob's Target Shop

February 14, 2017

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of Del's family and friends.

Doug Fowler

February 7, 2017

Del Nye was a enthusiastic supporter of the game of trap shooting. He always, without reservation, bent over backwards to help our new club (Chain O' Lakes Sportsmen's Club) get on its feet. Rest in peace Del.
Doug Fowler

Mark and Sherry(Whitney) Walkowiak

February 4, 2017

I already miss the stories and friendship. You always made us feel welcome. Rest in Peace.

Steve and Nancy Smith

February 2, 2017

Delbert treated Nancy and I as if we were old friends from the day we first met. One of the nicest men I have had the pleasure to know.

Karen Seites

February 2, 2017

So very sorry for the families loss. Delbert was an amazing man with a big heart. Loved spending time with him and Jerry. It was an honor and privilege to know him.

Dale Brown

February 2, 2017

Nye's Trap Range became my home trap field. Del you were the most influential person in my becoming a trap shooter. It was a story we related often. Your well earned legacy will be shared fondly by Michigan shooters for many years to come. May your soul find peace and comfort in the hand's of God. Farewell my good friend.

Dale Brown

Ken Rouston

February 2, 2017

Del made me feel welcome to trapshooting when I was a new shooter. He always had little tips and stories that made the sport more fun to participate in. The work that he did for the sport is monumental. I will truly miss our little talks and his stories. RIP Delbert Nye

Sally Telfer

February 2, 2017