Lavon DeLoss

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Lavon (Mrs. R.F.) DeLoss, 93, passed away at her home in Spencer on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012.

Visitation and funeral services will be held at the Henry-Olson Funeral Home in Estherville on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. The funeral service at 2 p.m. Rev. Dan Mayers, pastor of First Christian Church in Spencer, will officiate.

Interment will be at the East Side Cemetery in Estherville.

Lavon was born on Nov. 30, 1918, on a farm in Twelve-Mile Township in Emmet County, to parents David and Nina (Riggs) Ingvall. She began her education in a one-room rural schoolhouse. After her family moved to a farm near Estherville, she attended Estherville High School, graduating in 1936.

While working at the DeLoss family's bakery in Estherville, she met her husband-to-be, R.F. (Roy) DeLoss. There were married Sept. 18, 1937. In 1940, they moved to a farm midway between Terril and Milford, lived there until 1955, and then moved to Spencer, where they operated the R.F.D. Bakery & Grocery until a fire destroyed it in early 1959. Thereafter, they developed their part-time home construction efforts into a full-time enterprise, building both homes for sale and rental homes in Spencer. After R.F. DeLoss passed in 1968, Lavon managed her own rental homes while also working for many years for her son, Barry's construction and apartment business.

Throughout her life, Lavon was renowned for her work ethic, intelligence and goodness. Though housebound during recent years, she continued to operate several duplex rentals with the aid of her sons.

Left to cherish Lavon's memory are her six sons: Tyrone of Bastow, Calif., and David, Barry, Garry, Vaughn and Craig - all of Spencer; her sisters: Dorothy Mead of Sioux Falls and Evelyn Hansen of Ringsted; her brother, Lloyd Ingvall of Estherville; and numerous nephews, nieces, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Lavon was predeceased by her parents, David and Nina (Riggs) Ingvall; her husband, R.F. DeLoss; her brothers: Cliff Ingvall and Clarence Ingvall; and her sisters: Laura Hansen, Mabel Howard, Alice Weber and Florence Willison.