Delbert Lewallen passed away Saturday, July 17, 2021 at the age of 96 in Cando, ND. Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, July 24, 2021 at 11:00 am at the Christian Fellowship Church in Cando, ND with Pastor Jeff Peters officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church.
The service will be livestreamed on the church YouTube page at https://youtube.com/channel/UCkYqz4gdUCZ4rjR8bjNUI_A
Delbert was born January 4, 1925 to Dan and Fannie Lewallen in the farmhouse south of Bisbee, ND. He spent his childhood on the family farm with his brother and sister. He attended Hardwheat School through grade 8 until he started full time work on the farm. He was active at the Zion Church of the Brethren and in the community. On October 20, 1947 he married the love of his life, Beverly Smeltzer whom he grew up with in the community and at church. With Beverly by his side, they raised 5 children on this third-generation farm growing wheat and barley crops, dairy cows, beef cattle, pigs, chickens, and a huge garden. Besides the farm duties, Delbert was active in the Cando Church of the Brethren as a deacon, a church board member, men's group and Camp Mon-Dak leadership roles and served as representative for Northern Plains District. Because of his farming knowledge he was invited to serve on the Bisbee Elevator board and ND Barley council. Beyond farming, his responsibilities included volunteering with the Bisbee Fire Department and serving as a volunteer ambulance attendant. He loved time with friends and family fishing, camping, boating and water skiing, snow plane fox hunting and annual hunting trips. Winter months gave him time to join the Cando bowling league, Bisbee curling club and drive a Cando school bus. Delbert and Beverly helped restore the southern US following Hurricane Hugo with their handyman and cooking skills. The family having inherited property in Florida, Delbert helped build houses on the land that was then donated to Habitat For Humanity. They enjoyed trips to Israel and Alaska, cruises, European farm tours and traveling throughout Canada and the US visiting friends and their children. In the later years, they retired to Arizona enjoying sunshine and making new friends. Delbert was a selfless, generous man who cared for others always putting them first. He addressed situations with wisdom and a positive attitude. He loved his family, he loved farming and he loved God. He is an example of living a full life filled with meaning and purpose. Delbert will be cherished and remembered by his 5 children, their spouses, 14 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, his wife, Beverly, a son, Dennis, brother and sister.
Online guestbook is available at www.dunnigandix.com.
Dunnigan-Dix Funeral Home of Cando, ND is in charge of arrangements.
Posted online on July 20, 2021