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Roy B. De Kler

February 6, 1960 - June 30, 2019

Roy B. De Kler, age 59 of Newark, DE, passed away on Sunday, June 30, 2019.

Born in Jersey City, NJ on February 6, 1960, he was a son of Glenn H. and the late Carmen A. (Torres) De Kler.  Roy was a proud veteran of the United States Air Force. He was a respiratory therapist before graduating from Hannemann University, as a physician’s assistant. Roy enjoyed his career at A.I. DuPont Children’s Hospital.

He lived most of his adult life in Delaware. Roy was an avid sports fan, and supported all of the Philadelphia teams, especially the Phillies and the Flyers. His all-time favorite team, and the recipient of his deepest loyalty, was the New York Yankees. Roy never missed a game and loved to talk stats and rivalry!

He was a man of faith and was very interested in the lives of the Saints and religious works by the Great Composers. Roy had a strong devotion to Sister Faustina and the Divine Mercy image. As his health declined, his faith in God’s Mercy was of great comfort to him, his family, and those who loved him.

Roy was preceded in death by his mother, Carmen A. De Kler. He is survived by a family who loved him dearly, including his father, Glenn De Kler; brothers, Gary (Emma) and Randy (Felisa); two nieces, Samantha Hicks and Catherine DiNuzzo (Dave); nephew, Glenn (Jessica); 8 great nieces and nephews, Isaac, Jeremy, Claire, and Joel Hicks, and Lily, Emma, David Jr, and Maria DiNuzzo, who loved to laugh with him while watching the Three Stooges or talk about the latest in sports.

All services will be held privately.

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26 Guestbook messages for Roy B. De Kler

  • Roy was a good person and he will be missed. My deepest sympathy to the family. God Bless.

    Hilda and family

  • Gary and the entire DeKler family….sending love and praying for God’s comfort and peace as you say goodbye to Roy. Much love, Sharon & Don

  • We were deeply sadden when we heard about the passing of your brother-in-law, Roy. We send our deepest sympathy to you during this difficult time. Love Always, Rick, Denise, Ronnie, Kevin, Natalie, and Spencer Hauf

  • Farewell, Roy Boy. 🙏🏼

  • My condolences to Glenn and the family.

  • You were gone to early in your life Roy,but we know your health declined and because of this God made the decision to take you. We all have love for you and memories that we will hold dear to our heart forever Love you, Aunt Sue and Uncle Frank

  • Our love and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Love, Krysia, Adam, Catherine, Samantha, and Cecilia.

  • Rest In Peace Roy. I hope you are playing Color My World by Chicago- that is how I will always remember you.

  • Gary, Randy, Dad and Fly…My heart pours out to you guys…for the loss of Roy…and hope you find comfort of the sweet memories he left of us… Roy I loved you like family!! you were my family! you will always have a special place in my heart… until we meet again Roy, now that you’ve joined Mom, please watch over Dad and the rest of “our siblings!” RIP Roy and may God keep you under HIS wings…

  • Can’t resist..one more NYUK, NYUK, NYUK….

  • I enjoyed working with Roy at DuPont Children’s Hospital so much! He was a kind , smart, funny man. RIP Roy. Prayers for your family.
    Julie Harrison

  • I am sitting in rehearsal at church and saw this. The tears that began to flow as I read this and the hurt in my heart as I remember all the good times we had as kids and all the times I wondered where you were. Well my friend rest well and I know we will see each other again and sing in heaven’s choir together. All my love to the family during this time.

  • The thing I remember the most about Roy back in high school was his sense of humor and quick, contagious smile. My heartfelt sympathy to his family and friends.

  • I grew up in Brooker Circle right around the corner from Roy, and I remember him fondly. I am truly sorry for your lost.

  • Such a great classmate. Prayers to your family.

  • May Roy rest in peace. You are all in my prayers.

  • This makes me so sad. Roy was such a good friend and I missed him. I loved hanging out with him in high school, being in the musical together, All-State Chorus, Singing in the Harmonies, singing in a barbershop quartet, and just generally goofing off together. He was an amazing singer and musician. Recently tried to reconnect for our reunion and I was sadly unsuccessful. My prayers are for our Lord to surround you with comfort and pleasant memories during this difficult time.
    Tom “Sab”

  • Roy, You will live in my heart forever. My deepest sympathy to the family. May time heal your loss. God Bless
    Cindy.

  • So sorry to learn of Roy’s passing. I still remember all of our friends from Booker Circle.

  • Mis sentidas condolencias por esta irreparable perdida

  • To Roy’s family…we served with Roy at the United States Air Force Academy and came to love him and his family dearly. We were so sad to learn of Roy’s death, but know he is no longer suffering and is at peace. Godspeed and Rest In Peace, our friend.

    With love, Ricardo and Laura Gomez
    Family Friends since 1979

  • Dear De Kler family, my deepest condolences to your family for your loss. Randy I always appreciate your friendship and council throughout the years. During this hard time I send prayers. I will keep you and family in my thoughts and prayers. May god bless you and your family.

  • Many great memories working with Roy at AI duPont! Kids and staff all loved him! Great guy gone too soon! Prayers for the family!🙏

  • I had the honor and privilege to work with Roy in The Respiratory Care Department.

    Roy, Rest in peace and God bless

  • Roy was a pleasure to work with at Dupont Hospital for Children. His dedication to children was admirable. He knew how lighten up a room and fill our days with laughter. You will be missed Roy!!!
    Love and prayers for the family.

  • So sorry for your loss.I went to high school with Roy. He was the best!