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On October 1, 2017, Delbert, “Del” Force passed peacefully with the love and support of his family around him. He was born on June 4, 1924 in Abarr, Colorado to Richard and Veda, who were share crop farmers. He was the 3rd son in a family of seven. When he was 5, the family moved to Grand Island, Nebraska after negotiating with the Government Farm Bureau to settle on a rented farm. In 1943, he joined the Navy Seabees in the WWII campaign. He was stationed in the Philippines and later sent to China to build an airstrip. When the war ended, he returned home. At his parent’s request, he attended the local school PTA meeting. Not only was he elected PTA president, but he was also introduced to Enid Sutton who was at the meeting with her sister, a teacher at the school. After decorating the Fall Harvest Float, a courtship followed and they were married on October 3rd, 1948. In 1954, they settled in Spanaway, WA where he was hired as a Civil Engineer. He worked at the McChord Air Force Base until he retired in 1986 after 32+years of service. They raised 4 energetic boys; Stanley, Russel, Larry and Tim who enjoyed many hours of fun and work on the farm. The family was involved in Boy Scouts and with Delbert’s guidance, his sons achieved their Eagle Scout Rank. He received the Silver Beaver, the highest Adult Scout Award and remained active in the scouting program for many years, mentoring 18 additional boys to the Eagle Scout Rank.
Delbert and Enid enjoyed Square Dancing, RV Camping, Cribbage, Pinochle and activities at United Methodist Church. Delbert and Enid have traveled to all 50 United States, as well as a cruise to the Panama Canal and Alaska making memories and lifelong friends along the way. They moved to Lacey in 1999, finding a community of friends that are very dear to them.


In April 2016, Delbert went to WA DC on the WWII Veteran’s Honor Flight receiving a well-deserved salute for his military service. Throughout his life, he was known for reaching out a welcoming hand and stepping into leadership roles that brought people together. Delbert and Enid were always busy and they did everything together, often leaving a suitcase packed in the car…. just in case, a weekend visit got extended. They attended many school programs, concerts, recitals, sports events, holiday gatherings, campouts, ocean trips, church ceremonies, Boy Scout Court of Honors, graduations, weddings, theater performances and simple weekend visits. He was happiest in the middle of any activity and truly enjoyed a party, especially if it included potluck, cake and ice cream! His pride was his family. We all felt special and loved in his presence and we will surely miss him.

Delbert is survived by his loving wife, Enid, their children (wives), Stanley (Tanna) Sela, WA, Russel (Kimberley) Renton, WA, Larry (Cheryl)Vaughn, WA , Tim(Renee- Young)Arlington, WA.

Grandchildren : Andy, Oshkosh, WI, Christopher, Anchorage, AK, Jeremy, Renton, WA, Laura(Ryan Jernigan) LaCygne, KS, Nicolas(Alyson-Soma) Federal Way, WA, Sarah(Robert Brockman) Spokane, WA , Magen(Nick Moran) of Paia ,Maui, Brandon, Kiehi, Maui, Aaron , Puyallup , WA, Chelsea Young, Arlington, WA, and Connor McSweeney, Arlington, WA.
Great grandchildren: Xavier, Remington and Vinnie Force, Oshkosh, WI.

Brother, Lewis Force of Gladstone, OR and sister, Donna Faye(Bill Kistler) of Oregon City, OR.


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Visitation

Saturday

14

Oct

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Fir Lane Memorial Park & Funeral Home

924 E. 176th. St.
Spanaway, WA 98387

chapel service

Saturday

14

Oct

1:00 PM
Fir Lane Memorial Park & Funeral Home

924 E. 176th. St.
Spanaway, WA 98387

Graveside Service to follow.

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Fir Lane Memorial Park & Funeral Home

924 E. 176th. St.
Spanaway, WA 98387

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