Delores Wood

Delores Wood

Dee went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.

Dee was born on July 22, 1939, at William Crispe Hospital in Plainwell, Michigan, the daughter of Burdette Charles Belcher and Helen Belle (Cole) Belcher.  Dee lived in the Otsego area most of her life and graduated from Otsego High School in 1957.  In 1960, Dee married William Youngs and they had two children together; a son, Trace Shane Youngs of Otsego and a daughter, Shay Mikel Youngs of South Bend, IN. This marriage ended in divorce. On September 17, 1994, Dee married the love of her life, Dennis Wood.

Dee and Dennis are members of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kalamazoo.   Dee worked at several local companies; The Upjohn Company, Parker Hannifin Brass Division and Hydraulic Pump Division and, (Allegan Area Educational Service Agency) AAESA.  Dee had many friends at these organizations.  Dee valued education and spent a lot of time going to school to enrich her life.  She graduated from Parson’s Business School as an Executive Secretary; she graduated from Kalamazoo Valley Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Mid-Management & Marketing degree and she graduated from Davenport University with a BA degree in Management.  Dee was a voracious reader and spent a lot of time reading and volunteering at books sales and other activities at the Otsego Public Library. Dee was also a member of the Otsego Public Library’s, Friends of the Library organization.  She was also an environmentalist and worked quietly and diligently to protect the environment and wildlife.  Dee belonged to Defenders of Wildlife, World Wildlife Fund and the National Wildlife Federation.  She was also very concerned about protecting Michigan’s Great Lakes and keeping the Lakes from being polluted and keeping the fresh water of the Great Lake States from being sold to other states.

Dee is survived by the love of her life, Dennis Wood and her son, Trace (Jackie ) Youngs, her daughter Shay (Noel) Recla, her brother, Burdett (Sonny) Belcher ( Altha) of Kalamazoo, her sister, Evva Lee Applehans of Colorado, her step-daughter, Dr. Noelle (Tim) Franklyn of Whitehall, step-son, Jared Wood of Plainwell, grandchildren; her sweetheart, Cheyenne Maria Youngs, her honey guy, Ian Recla; her JoJo, Joel Franklyn, her Nikki, Natalie Kay Franklyn, and her step-grandchildren, Scott Hendrixson, step great-grandson, her big guy, Caleb Hendrixson, step-granddaughter, Samantha (Bill) Lemke.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Helen & Burdette Belcher and her many favorite Aunts, and her best friend Mildred (Mickey) VanArsdale Nelson.  She will also be missed by her dogs, Bear and Honey.

Friends may visit with Dee’s family Sunday, December 7, 2014 from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. A Funeral Service will be held Monday at 11:00 A.M. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Kalamazoo with Pastor Ken Johnson officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Dee may be made to the Otsego District Public Library or to the Michigan Parkinson Foundation.

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  1. Dona Gilson says:

    my thoughts and prayers are with you, during this difficult time, Delores will be missed alot.

  2. Ev'Va Lee Belcher says:

    To my dear sister I will always love. I wish I could have been with you, but I am so glad your Trace & Shay were with you at the end. May you rest in peace. God loves you and so do I.

  3. Tanya Gilson - Griffioen says:

    Delores was a sweet lady. Sending hugs to all her family members! May your memories help you get through this tough times!

  4. Diane & Larry Delach says:

    Dear Shay & Trace & All of Dee’s Family,

    We heard about Dee’s passing from Bill & Nona and we are so sorry for your sad loss and hope that fond memories of your mother over the years will help you get through your grief.

    Remember what was good and hold on to it tightly. Know that you have family and friends, us included, who embrace you and offer our support and prayers.

    God bless you & give you peace!

    Diane & Larry Delach

  5. Marcella (Clapper) Eidson says:

    Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you Dennis, Trace and Shay. Delores was a very kind person and my mom and I always enjoyed visiting with her.
    Mike and Marcella

  6. Louise Belcher-Ropes says:

    To all of the family. I am so sorry for your loss. I wish I could be there. I became quite close to Dee in the last year while I cared for her. We shared a lot during that time. My thoughts are with you all.

    Louise Belcher Ropes

  7. Kelly Frey (Elliiott) says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours during this time of loss and grieving. Dee was a very special friend of mine who carried a kind heart, and was loving, caring, compassionate and understanding. She was a hard worker who valued her career, family and friends. I will always cherish my friendship I had with one of the few very true friendships I have had the privilege to have in my lifetime.

    May you rest in peace my dear friend and may your family find the comfort of knowing you are in heaven with the Lord and remember your shining qualities and love you gave so many.

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