Interment will take place at Waterman Cemetery in Sutherland. American Legion Post No. 152 of Sutherland will conduct military services following the graveside services.
Delbert passed away Monday, Oct. 6, 2008, at Primghar Care Center in Primghar.
Delbert L. Johannsen, the son of Herman A and Ella Lahann Johannsen, was born Sept. 1, 1912, on the family farm near Sutherland. His childhood years were spent in the Sutherland area, where he received his education, graduating from Sutherland High School in 1932. Following graduation, he joined his father and brother on the farm. Later he and his brother, Ray, formed "Johannsen Brothers", a custom baling and cornshelling operation. In 1941, he entered the military and served with the U.S. Army during WWII, achieving the rank of Staff Sgt. from 1942 until his honorable discharge in 1945.
Del married Anneliese Sass on December 16, 1953, in Sutherland. Following their marriage, they farmed for many years, until his retirement in 1981. He was a life-long member of the United Methodist Church in Sutherland. He was a 50 year member and past commander of American Legion Post No. 152 in Sutherland. He was also a longtime member of VFW Post No. 3159 in Spencer. Del was a 67 year member and past master of the Abiff Lodge No. 347 of Sutherland, where he also served as secretary for 49 years. He was a member of the Sioux City Scottish Rite and Abu Bekr Shrine in Sioux City.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Anneliese.
Delbert is survived by his son, Edward of Sutherland; and a brother, Raymond Johannsen and his wife, Wynona, of Sutherland.
Warner Funeral Home of Sutherland is in charge of arrangements.