Aumsville – Del
passed away peacefully at home after a short battle with
cancer surrounded by both family and friends. Born on
September 10, 1932 in Bridger, MT, Del led a simple life and
in June of 1951 joined the United States Navy to proudly serve
his country. As a Firemen on the USS Estes (ACG-12), he sailed
the waters of the South Pacific and was witness to numerous
nuclear tests yet he still found the time to chase and marry
his sweetheart Charlene in March of 1953.
Del left the service
in June of 1955 and was awarded the China Service Medal,
Korean Service Medal, United States Service Medal, and the
National Defense Service Medal. Del was proud of his time in
the Navy and once on land he and Charlene moved around, found
time to have two beautiful girls, and finally settled in their
current home where he resumed a simple life working in the
Del was always a
quiet, reserved, man and probably judged by many as being
stern, but to know him one would know that under that
seemingly rough exterior he had a very, very loving heart.
Like many men of his time he had to deal with the war and hard
times both but succeeded, something he probably didn’t ever
realize before passing.
Del is survived by
his wife Charlene, daughters Cheri Blackburn and her very
longtime significant other Glen of Aumsville, Karen Hagel and
spouse Michael of Salem, 5 grandchildren, and 13
At the request of
Del, there will be no services. Serving the family, North
Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.