On July 31, 1959 he was united in marriage to Joan Elizabeth Starnes. They celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary July 31, 1999; the event was hosted by nieces Marcia McKay and Judy McCarter and nephew Richard Mackey.
Due to failing health he had stayed a few months at the National Health Care in West Plains, MO for rehab. The caregivers said regardless of how he felt he always greeted them with a big smile.
Delbert was a hard working man. As a young man he worked at a sawmill and milked cows for several years. He began working for Brauer Bros shoe factory in 1959 and continued working when Brown Shoe bought the business in 1974. He retired July 24, 1991 after 31 years of service. He enjoyed gardening and tending to his farm animals, especially his pets. He also loved to go squirrel and coon hunting.
Delbert was a kind, gentle and caring man, always ready to help family, friends and neighbors. He never charged for his services, his reward was being able to help others. He loved his family very much and enjoyed his 2 nieces Marcia and Judy Lay and nephew Richard Mackey as children and later years of their lives. They filled the void for the children he never had. He loved them as his own and the love was mutual.
He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Joan, his parents, Mack and Ethel, two brothers, Edgar and Bob, one sister Lovene, 2 brothers-in-law, Loyal Lay and Russell Mackey.
He is survived by two sisters Lavonne Lay of Broken Arrow, OK, Zella Mackey of Cabool, MO, two nieces, Marcia McKay and husband Tim of KS, Judy McCarter and husband Jim of Broken Arrow, OK, nephew, Richard Mackey and wife Stacie of St. Peters, MO, two great nieces, Cortney McKay and Jenneca McCarter and great nephew, Jeffery McCarter.
Delbert will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Memorials may be made to Ozark Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to www.evansfh.com.
Visitation will be held from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. Thursday, February 23, 2012 at Evans Funeral Home, with services being held at 1:00 P.M. with Rev. Kendall Ford and Rev. John Wisdom officiating. Pallbearers are; Darrell Scheets, Cory Scheets, Gary Akers, Terry Akers, Darren Ice and Keith Swisher. Honorary Pallbearers are: Gary Grogan, Art Williamson, Darren Scheets, Shawn Watson, Richard Mackey, Jim McCarter and Tim McKay. Burial will be in Ozark Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.