Oscoda County Herald

Darel A. VanCamp

Died December 20, 2020

On Sunday, December 20, 2020, Darel A. VanCamp of Mio, Michigan, passed away at his home, surrounded by his family at the age of 92 from dementia.

Darel was born in Mount Clemens, Michigan on November 23, 1928 to LeRoy and Florence Mae (Allen) Van Camp. He grew up and went to school in Mio, Michigan. Before he was twenty years old, he moved to the Detroit area where he worked in the shipping yards. He painted the hull of the Edmund Fitzgerald while working there. He also worked at the Plymouth Plant in Detroit, Michigan. Darel served his country in the United States Army in 1951, where he was stationed at Camp Carson, Colorado. In 1952, he met his wife on a blind date and a month later they were married. He separated from the Army in 1953 and moved back to Michigan. He bought a house in Ferndale in 1954 where he lived until 1995 when he moved back to Mio, Michigan. Darel was a lifetime member of the Detroit Sportsmen’s Congress and a lifetime member of the American Legion. He was also a member of the Hazel Park Eagles, the Comins Eagles and the Mio Moose Lodge.    

Darel is survived by his daughter, Diana Stein; his grandson, Mike Stein and his great-grandchildren, Gaberial and Alessa. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, LeRoy and Florence VanCamp; his wife, Ruth (Coyle) VanCamp; his sister, Nancy (VanCamp) Hochstetler and his brothers, Bud VanCamp and Ken VanCamp.

In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place. Interment of ashes at White Chapel Cemetery, Troy, MI, will be held at a later date.

These arrangements were handled by Lashley Funeral Home, Mio, MI.