He was born on August 7, 1918 in Fredericktown, MO to George Ernest and Nettie Mae Allen Johnson. They preceded him in death.
Delbert married Ramona Jean Utz on May 2, 1942 in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho. She survives.
Also surviving are four children Crystal (James) Jacobs of Ocala, FL, Dawn (John) Schaefer of Belleville, MI, Laynah (Timothy) Rogers of Rogersville, MO, Delbert “D.J.” (Gina) Johnson of Farmington two brothers Owen (Mildred) Johnson of Flag Pond, TN, Clyde Johnson of Vinemont, AL and one sister Joyce (Dwight) Strode of Cuba.
Eight grandchildren David Schaefer, Derek Schaefer, Jimilyn Thomas, Brandy Kinney, Rebekah Ferguson, Timothy Rogers, Caleb Edward Johnson and Emily Johnson and eleven Great Grandchildren, John Dali Schaefer, Bing Schaefer, Jordyn Thomas, Ashlyn Thomas, Malorie Ferguson, Ryan Ferguson, Audessa Schaefer, Audrina Schaefer, Elyse Rogers, Sydney Rogers and Corbin Edward Johnson also survive.
He was also preceded in death by three brothers Adolph, Jerald and Charles and one sister Anna Catherine Johnson.
Delbert worked for Werner G. Smith which later became Archer Daniels for 20 years retiring in 1983. He attended Canton Assembly of God Church and was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and auctions. He also served in the Army Air Corp serving in WWII and was involved in Chemical Warfare Training. Delbert’s tour of duty for the 5 years he was in the service took him from the Mojave Desert to Merced, California to Reno, Nevada. Then he went to the east coast of Augusta and Macon Georgia to Florida and finally to Birmingham, Alabama. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his grand kids and great grand kids.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at the Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Canton with a visitation on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 from 5-7. Burial, with military honors, will be at the Norris Cemetery in Canton.
Memorials may be made the DAV or to Norris Volunteer Fire Department.
To view Delbert’s tribute video, or to leave online condolences, please visit www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com