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Delbert A. "Shorty" Vasknetz, age 81, of Wolsey, died Thursday, Nov. 4, 2004 at the Huron Nursing Home.

His funeral service will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2004 at the St. John's Lutheran Church in Wolsey, with the Rev. Dale Sattgast officiating. Burial will be in the St. John's Lutheran Church Cemetery with military rites by the Hershman-Gordon American Legion Post #59 of Wolsey.  Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Kuhler Funeral Home in Huron, and prior to the service at the church on Thursday afternoon. The family will be present from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday evening at the funeral home.

Memorials may be directed to the Memorial Scholarship Foundation, the Heart Association, or the Cancer Society.

Active pallbearers will be Aaron and Eli Harris, Keith Lewis, Kelley, Shanon, Shawn, Terry, David, Steve and Tim Vasknetz, Ryan Jackson, and Darrell, Andrew and Tommy Bigelow. Honorary pallbearers will be Parke Hoskins, Gary Pribyl, Julius Frank, Ed Kahre, Robert "Dutch" Meyer, Charles Teply, David Rand and Bert Jungemann.

Delbert A. "Shorty" Vasknetz was born April 25, 1923 to Edward and Carlina (Nuss) Vasknetz at their farm home near Alpena. He moved to Wolsey with his family and graduated from Wolsey High School in 1942. He started college at Huron but after one semester was drafted and served in the European Theater. Upon returning home and waiting to go to the Pacific Theater, the war ended and he was honorably discharged February 28, 1946.

He married Marlys Bigelow on September 19, 1972. They were married 16 months when she died of cancer.

Delbert owned the Standard Oil bulk service in Wolsey as well as the Standard Station knows as "Shortie's Service." He also operated a crop spraying/furnace and air conditioning business in Wolsey. He retired in 1995.

He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Wolsey and served as a trustee of the church. He was confirmed in 1938 with the scripture, John 15:5, given to him as his life verse. He made a practice of reading through the Bible at least once each year, if not more.

He remained active in his community, his church, the American Legion, and the Lion's Club. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He sponsored a youth bowling league for 25 years, as well as an adult team. Delbert had just completed his 29th trip to the National Bowling Tournament and was hoping to make 2005 his 30th year.

In November of 1995, Delbert had bypass surgery and in 1999 was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He had resided at the Huron Nursing Home since June 25, 2004, after suffering a severe stroke.

Delbert was preceded in death by his wife, Marlys; his parents; two brothers, Emil and Arthur; and a niece, Linda Vashnetz.

Grateful for having shared his life are his step-children, Jim Bigelow, of Miami Fla.; Judy (Ken) Harris, of Hillsboro Texas; Jane (Don) Kleinsasser, of Huron; Jeff (Michele) Bigelow of Mitchell; his brother Herbert (Mildred), of Spearfish; his sister, Janette Vasknetz, of Pembrooke Pines, Fla.; his nephews, Tim Vasknetz, of Sturgis, Steve (Carlotta) Vasknetz, of Whitewood, David (Laurie) Vasknetz, of Tumwater,
Wash., and Terry (Rose) Vasknetz,of Biloxi, Miss.; his nieces, Pam (Sal) Chuilla, of Marquette, Neb., and Debbie Abbot, of Boulder City, Nev.; his grandchildren, Eli (Olivia) Harris, of Lakewood, Colo., Aaron Harris, of Hillsboro, Texas, Kristi (Keith) Lewis, of Campbellsville, Ky., Ryan Jackson of Mitchell, and Darrell, Andrew, Thomas, Samantha, and Emily Bigelow, all of Mitchell; several great nieces and nephews; and many friends.
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