April 26, 1929-July 31, 2004
GREELEY, Colo. -- Delbert Dale Donze, 75, died Saturday (July 31, 2004) at the Northern Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colo.
He was born April 26, 1929, to Emil and Phoebe (Gauger) Donze in Wauneta. He attended Fairview School District No. 58 in Dundy County. He assisted his parents in farming and worked for neighbors before entering the Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He served from 1950 to 1954 and attained the rank of staff sergeant. He flew B29's as a bombsight and was an auto pilot tech.
After his discharge, Delbert was employed by several trucking firms as a mechanic and driver, making Eaton, Colo., his home. He semi-retired in 1992 and continued to farm the family home near Wauneta.
He was a member of the American Legion Post No.0018, Moose Lodge No. 909 of Eaton and a life member of the National Rifle Association.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, John, Robert, Donald and Ralph.
Survivors include his brother, Dean Donze of Anaheim, Calif.; and sister, Mable Petsch of Albin, Wyo.
Services are Wednesday, 10 a.m. (MST), at the Allnutt Funeral Chapel in Eaton.
Graveside services are Thursday, 11 a.m. (MST), at the Eden Cemetery in rural Wauneta with the Rev. Giles Armstrong officiating. Military rites will be provided by the American Post No. 304 of Wauneta.
A memorial has been established in his name.
Liewer Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.