Delmar Laverne Leffler Jr.

Delmar “Del” Laverne Leffler Jr. (a.k.a. Cookie Monster), the kindest and sweetest man ever known, died at his home surrounded by love on June 28, 2023. Del, 89 of Charlotte, MI, was born June 20, 1934 in DeWitt to Delmar and Pearl (Bliven) Leffler Sr. As a loving, Christian man, Del was always thinking of ways to help others. Singing with his son-in-law and in his church choir brought him great joy, and so did mowing and maintaining his yard, always making sure it was just perfect. With a love for sweets, especially chocolate chip cookies, he earned the nickname of Cookie Monster. Del was the voice on the radio for a while, with radio talking books, news and obituaries on WKAR radio. During his working career he worked at many different grocery stores, including Goodrich, Hammady’s, Tom’s Shopright (where he retired from), and at L&L after he retired and decided to go back to work part-time because he loved what he did so much. Del enjoyed being a Big Brother for many years.

While he will be dearly missed by those left behind, they are comforted to know that he is in Heaven singing. Del leaves behind a legacy of love, including his wife, Beverly; stepchildren, Cindy (Don) Hoffman and Tim (Debra) Julson; grandchildren, David, Kristina, Matt, Donald, Tommy, Victoria, Nichole, Alex, and Chase; four great-grandchildren; special nephew, Dee Wakefield and niece Marion Parsons; and many beloved nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; sister, Jacqueline Hastings; and stepson, Tom Julson.

Friends are encouraged to support the Leffler family by attending services or sharing memories on his Tribute Page at Visitation was Sunday, July 2 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte and Monday, July 3 at Peace Lutheran Church in Charlotte. Funeral services were Monday, July 3 at Peace Lutheran Church with Pastor Neil Brady officiating. The funeral was webcast so you may watch it from any computer, smartphone, or mobile device that has internet access. Go to, click on Del’s tribute, then click on Photos and Videos from your computer (or Media from your smart phone). If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to Peace Lutheran Church. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.