Edwin Ed Dely
Edwin Ed Dely

May 31, 1923 - February 9, 2018
Born in Detroit, Michigan
Resided in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan
  • Contat Us
  • Guestbook
  • Photos
  • Services
  • Send Flowers


Edwin “Ed” Dely, age 94, passed away in Clinton Township on Friday, February 9, 2018. Ed was born on May 31, 1923 at home in Detroit to Richard and Rose Dely. Ed was a 1941 graduate of DeLaSalle Catholic High School. Upon graduation, Ed enlisted in the United States Navy, serving during WWII as a Naval Aviator and studying Aeronautical Engineering. After serving our country, Ed married his love, Dorothy (Dottie) Balkema on June 29, 1945. Ed and Dottie were happily married and enjoyed traveling and founding Dely Travel in 1970. The business they owned was located on Mack Avenue in Grosse Pointe Woods, where he and Dottie worked planning memorable getaways, specializing in group travel until 1994 when he retired. In his free time, Ed enjoyed spending time with his family traveling, golfing, dining out with friends, and working puzzles. He enjoyed spending time at Higgins Lake sailing with family and friends. Ed was an avid Detroit sports fan and strong supporter of the Detroit Tigers and Red Wings. He was a founding member of St. Philomena Catholic Church located in Detroit, where he also served as an usher for many years. He was a devoted husband, father, and family man and friend to many. Ed will be missed.

Beloved husband of the late Dorothy, married 59 years. Loving father of David (Susan), the late (Donald), the late Patricia, Douglas (Anne), Diane (Richard) Janis, the late Dale Childs, and Dody (Tony) Pittiglio.
Grandfather of Francoise (Doug) Ceane, Diana (Ailsa) Dely, Mark (Tanya) Dely, Amy Ensign, Christopher (Shilpa) Dely, Ed (Sommer) Ensign, Stephen (Jill) Dely, David (Tracey) Janis, Greg (Jena) Dely, Kristin (Mike) Carver, Michael (Ania) Janis, Colleen Dely, Philip (Allison) Pittiglio, Steven (Jessica) Childs, and Lawrence Washington.
Ed had 21 great-grandchildren and one great, great grandchild.
Dear brother of Frances Szczesiul. Father-in-law of Mary Ann. Also preceded in death by his parents Richard and Rose and brothers , Robert, Pete and daughter-in-law Lee.

Visitation Thursday, February 15, 3-8 PM with rosary 7PM at the A. H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods. In state Friday, February 16 at 10:30 AM until time of funeral Mass at 11:00 AM at St. Philomena Catholic Church 4281 Marseilles, Detroit. Memorials in Ed’s honor to the Disabled American Veterans/

To send flowers or a remembrance gift to the family of Edwin Dely, please visit our Tribute Store.




A. H. Peters Funeral Home of Grosse Pointe
20705 Mack Avenue
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI US 48236
Thursday, February 15, 2018
3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
- Show more -
Funeral Mass
St. Philomena
4281 Marseilles
Detroit, MI US 48230
Friday, February 16, 2018
11:00 AM
- Show more -