Obituary: Delbert ‘Izzy’ N. Israel

Delbert “Izzy” N. Israel, 82, went to be with Jesus on Aug. 23, 2018. He was born on Feb. 27, 1936, in Cimarron, the son of Porter T. and Ella Lucille (Prescott).

Delbert graduated from Ensign High School in 1954. He then spent one and a half years attending Dodge City Community College.  

On Jan. 21, 1956, he enlisted in Dodge City in the U.S. Air Force. He was honorably discharged January 20, 1960, in Alexandria, La.

On March 2, 1963, Delbert Neal and Bonnie Lucile were united in marriage in Denver. They were married 55 years.

Delbert was a longtime member of the Westside Baptist Church. He was very involved in the ministry and raised his daughters to follow Jesus.

Delbert was a fire captain for the City of Hutchinson for 26 years before retiring in 1996. He worked as an aircraft mechanic both while in the Air Force and after his discharge. Following retirement, he drove the school bus for the Nickerson School District.

He was a man of service. Delbert had a huge heart and would help anyone that was in need. His number one love was spending time with his family that he loved dearly. In his free time, he enjoyed golfing, exercising or riding his motorcycle.

Preceding him in death were his parents and three brothers, Richard Gale, LeRoyce DeWayne and Carroll Glee Israel; sister, Donetta Cook and two nephews, Mark Israel and Aaron Cook.

Survivors include his wife Bonnie Lucile, Buhler; two daughters and their families, Susan Marie Grivna and husband Shane, Sapulpa, Okla., their children Alexandria and husband Blane Davis and son Nathan Grivna, and Stephanie Lynn and husband Todd Barnes, and daughter Morgan, of Newton, Kan.; sister Loretta and Fred Kuestersteffen, Newton, Kan.; brother, Nyland “Butch” and wife Mary, Texas and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation was from 1-8 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 29, at Hutchinson Funeral Chapel, 300 E. 30th Ave., Hutchinson with the family greeting guests from 6-8 p.m.

A celebration of Delbert’s life will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, at the Westside Baptist Church in Hutchinson.

Burial will follow at the Fairlawn Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Patriot Paws Service Dog Foundation, in care of the funeral home at 300 E. 30th Ave., Hutchinson, Kan., 67502.

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