Delaine Kay Leach, 69, of Millersburg, died at home unexpectedly Saturday, October 30, 2021. One of 10 children born to Hollis Sr. and Dorothy (Painter) Sherman, Delaine was born in Onaway April 28, 1952. Blessed with 53 years of marriage, she married Edward “Ed” Leach June 8, 1968 in Onaway.
A wife, mother and homemaker, Delaine took great pride in her home and raising her family. Being a mother came naturally to Delaine as she had been a great help to her parents taking care of her younger siblings. Delaine was nurturing and loving but also ran a tight ship at home. When she turned on that timer, her kids knew it was time to do their chores for the next hour or the timer would restart. Proud of their accomplishments and every milestone, Delaine loved her family dearly. She did whatever she could to help them, cherishing the time she spent with each of them. Family was always her highest priority and raising her children to be successful adults was her greatest accomplishment. Well-loved and respected, Delaine was a special aunt to her nieces and nephews. She was a devoted wife to Ed; the two were best friends and made a beautiful life and family together.
A fantastic cook, her family loved her delicious scalloped potatoes, baked beans and potato salad, which Delaine lovingly prepared for holiday meals and family gatherings. She enjoyed working in the beautiful flower gardens she planted around her home, going to the casino to play blackjack, and feasting on all-you-can-eat crab legs. She adored her four dogs, Sis, Kim Kardashian, Heidi and Baby. With a dog named “Kim K.,” it is quite easy to see Delaine had a terrific and unique sense of humor. Quite a jokester, she loved April Fool’s Day and a good prank. Because she was quiet and reserved most of the time, her comical antics, such as singing loudly (and off-key) in public places or dressing in ridiculous clothing were completely out of character. It always amused Delaine greatly that her children and grandchildren were embarrassed by her goofy stunts as well as finding them hilarious.
Delaine will be remembered for her devotion and unconditional love for her family and for being giving of herself by putting others first. She will be missed by her husband of 53 years, Edward Leach Sr. of Millersburg; daughters, Shelly Leach of Homosassa, Florida and Darlene (Damon) Marsh and Misty (Guy) Post, both of Onaway; a son, Edward Leach Jr. (Paula Chapman) of Onaway; grandchildren, Trey Leach of Kalamazoo and McKena Leach of Lansing; and two great-grandchildren, Addisyn and Everett. Delaine also leaves her sisters, Tammy Sherman of Cheboygan, Darlene (Hal) Peters of Onaway and Bonnie (Dennis) Klont of Grand Rapids; brothers, Hollis Sherman Jr. of Holly, Daryl (Cheryl) Sherman of Adrian and Grant Sherman (Vicki Galer) of Millersburg; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Delaine was preceded in death by three brothers, Bill, Gary and Sterling Sherman; her mother, Dorothy Tice; and her father, Hollis Sherman.
Delaine’s family will receive friends at Chagnon Funeral Home Saturday, November 6, from 11 a.m. until the time of the memorial service beginning at 1 p.m. The Rev. Josh Ferraiuolo will officiate. Those planning an expression of sympathy please consider a donation in memory of Delaine to Case Township Fire Department and First Responders, P.O. Box 240, Millersburg, Michigan 49759.