Obituaries

Marvin Moore

Mitchell

Marvin Moore, 83, of Mitchell, died Monday, May 13, 2019, at Prairie View Healthcare Center in Woonsocket.

Funeral services were held Thursday, May 16, at the Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell. Burial was at Graceland Cemetery. Visitation was held Wednesday at the Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Marvin L. Moore was born March 25, 1936, in Mount Vernon to A. M. and Francis (Newton) Moore. He was raised on family farms in the Mount Vernon and the Mitchell areas. He graduated from Mitchell High School in 1955.

Marvin married Donna Thurman on Feb. 5, 1956. The two lived in the Chicago area while Marvin served two years in the Army. Marvin and Donna then made their home on a farm near Loomis where they raised their two children, Bryan and Devonne.

Marvin farmed until 1976, but continued raising cattle and hay for many years. He also took on several part-time jobs, including at the Mitchell sale barn and driving truck. Upon full retirement, he enjoyed restoring his 1948 Ford, hunting, trapping and reloading ammunition.

Marvin is survived by his wife of 63 years, Donna; brother, Wally Moore; son, Bryan (Brenda) Moore; daughter, Devonne (Glen) Sommer; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and infant son, Lannie.

Ellsworth “Bud” Junior DeLancey, 95, died Jan. 19, 2019, at his daughter’s home in Portland, Ore.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 22, at 10:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Mitchell. Burial occurred at the American Legion Cemetery in Mitchell.

Bud was born Feb. 25, 1923, in Woonsocket and grew up in Mitchell. Following graduation from Mitchell High School, he joined the military in 1942 at the age of 18. He served in the Eighth Air Force, an attachment to Patton’s Third Army and the 702nd Heavy Bombardment. He was stationed in England and worked as a munitions officer, disposing of unexploded ordinance, as well as loading and unloading bombs that were placed on the B24 aircrafts that were flown over Germany.

Upon leaving the military and returning to Mitchell, Bud discovered that his room had been rented to Phyllis Dewey, who he instantly fell in love with and married shortly thereafter. Bud bought the first Harley-Davidson motorcycle to be delivered in South Dakota after the war, and he and Phyllis rode it to Seattle. There, Bud started a 35-year career with Kenworth Truck Company in both Seattle and Kansas City, Mo., where he retired as a field service engineer. He most recently resided at Countryside Living in Mitchell.

Bud is survived by his children, Michael DeLancey, Donna DeLancey Boyd, and Thomas DeLancey; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 71 years, Phyllis Dewey DeLancey; daughter, Mary DeLancey Bledsoe; his parents, Ellsworth and Caroline DeLancey; brothers, Russell, Orville and Robert DeLancey; and sisters, Marguerite Sundquist and Wilma Schlimgen.

Robert James Hall

Visalia, Calif.

Robert James Hall, 85, passed away Tuesday, May 14 in Visalia, Calif.

Robert was born Aug. 30, 1933, to Ray and Mary Hall in Woonsocket. He attended high school in Alpena, where he would meet the love of his life, Marcy Hilgeman. Robert joined the United States Navy, and at the age of 18, he married his high school sweetheart before being stationed in the Philippines.

Upon his discharge from the Navy, Robert did some farming and then decided to use his Navy money to obtain an English degree from South Dakota State University, followed by a Masters degree in English from the University of South Dakota. He worked as an English professor at the College of Sequoias in Visalia, Calif. He would spend the rest of his working career at the school, eventually becoming the English department chairman for a time.

Robert loved hunting, fly-fishing, trapshooting, working out and traveling around the world and throughout the United States. He and Marcy joined an RV group that traveled the U.S. Robert was active with the Kaweah Fly Fisherman and the Tulare County Trap Club.

Robert is survived by his wife of 67 years, Marcy; his children, Neil (Cathy) Hall of Fairfield, Calif., Scott (Barbara) Hall of Woodlake, Calif., Tamra Carlson of Fresno, Calif., Babs (Steve) Palmer of Danbury, Conn., Terry (Rebecca) Hall of Fresno, Calif., and Paul and Anne Byrne of Moycullen, Ireland; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.