Delbert Brelsford, our beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away Saturday, March 1 at the Perry Lutheran Home at the age of 85.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 7 at Christ Lutheran Church at the intersection of Highways 141 and 169 in rural Bouton. Pastor Max Phillips will officiate. Organist will be Linda Tingwald. Pallbearers will be Bob Muir, Dan Finn, Chuck Scheib, Larry Meacham, Jack Renshaw, Tom Holck and Cecil Rueter.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Brodie Brelsford, Colby Brelsford, Torry Brelsford, Nathan Brelsford, Booke Brelsford-Sealy, Denny Brelsford, Jerry Brelsford and Craig Brelsford. Burial will be in Violet Hill Cemetery in Perry.
Visitation was held on Thursday, March 6 at the Murdock Funeral Home in Perry, with family receiving friends from 5-7 p.m.
A memorial has been established in his name and may be left at the Murdock Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at mudockfuneralhome.net.
Delbert Edwin Brelsford was born on May 6, 1928, in Perry, the youngest of eight children.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Ferne; parents, Elmer and Mary (Young) Brelsford; brothers and sisters, Harold, Marion, Lloyd, Ken, Beulah, Betty and Kathryn.
Delbert is survived by his sons, Jim (Denice) Brelsford of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mike (Susan) Brelsford of Perry; grandchildren, Nathan (Meghan) Brelsford, Brooke (Jason) Brelsford-Sealy, Brodie (Lindsey) Brelsford, Colby (Katelyn) Brelsford, Torry Brelsford; and four great-grandchildren, Sophie, Brooks, Nolan and Collins.
Delbert and Ferne met at Perry High School and after being high school sweethearts were married on June 1, 1948.
Their 61 years together were filled with much love and laughter, with special moments with their family.
Delbert enjoyed watching his grandsons play basketball and football. Nothing made him smile more than holding his great-grandchildren on his lap.
Many wonderful days were spent together entertaining family and friends at their cottage on Spirit Lake, their home at Okoboji, on trips to Palm Springs and Scottsdale and at their home at Fernedel Hills.
One of Delbert and Ferne’s greatest achievements was the vision to create Fernedel Hills. They brought a piece of farmland and were able to turn 12 acres into a beautiful residential community on the Perry Golf and Country Club. For 31 years, their dream home at Fernedel Hills was filled with great memories and a welcoming spirit that entertained friends and family far and wide.
In Delbert’s early years, he devoted his time to farming. In 1952, Ferne and Delbert settled in on the farmstead that Ferne’s dad had given them to rent.
Delbert baled hay and started his farming years with 63 head of cattle. He later switched his ambition to grain farming.
With his hard work, dedication and love of the land, the farm he started continued to grow and now is Brelsford Family Farms, a multi-generation family farm.
Many great memories and friendships were made during the 51 years Delbert was a lifetime member of the Perry Elks Lodge #407.
Along with is deep love of family, friends and farming, Delbert also had a passion for cars, especially his Cadillacs and Chevy pick-ups.
He also had a soft spot in his heart for black labs, especially his loyal lab for many years, Queenie.
Delbert leaves us with a legacy of what life should be, a belief in working hard to provide for your family, a strong, quiet strength we all respected and want to pass on to our children, a love for the land and, most importantly, love for your family.