SHELDON—Delmer Lode, age 77 of rural Sheldon, IA, passed away at Prairie View Nursing Home in Sanborn on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019.

There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sanborn, with Pastor Joe Bangert officiating. Burial will take at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday at East Lawn Cemetery in Sheldon. Visitations will be 3-7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, with family present 5-7 p.m., at the Sanborn Funeral Home.

The Sanborn Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Delmer C. Lode, the son of Werner and Beulah (Buren) Lode, was born on the family farm near Sheldon, IA, on Aug. 13, 1942. He lived his youth in the Sheldon area and attended country school and the Sanborn Community School through the ninth grade when he then went to work with his father and older brother on the farm. On April 17, 1963, he was united in marriage to Darleen Mae Mastbergen at the First Reformed Church in Sheldon, IA.

Following their marriage, they lived near Sheldon where Delmer was employed as a hired man for two years. In 1965 they moved to the Lode family farm and remained there until he entered Prairie View on Sept. 4, 2019, and passed away Sept. 6, 2019. He was especially proud of having lived on the family farm his entire life.

Delmer had several different jobs while living on the farm including: farming, driving cement truck for Russell’s Ready Mix and also worked for Floyd River Sand & Gravel. In later years he was employed by B&R Golf Cars and eventually purchased the business.

Delmer was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sanborn, IA, and Eagles Club in Sheldon, IA. He served on the Sanborn Community School Board and O’Brien County Extension Board.

Family was an important part of Delmer’s life. Gathering together with the children and their families for the holidays was a standard tradition at the farm. Delmer and Darleen took many evening golf car rides “checking the crops.” Delmer always had a story or a joke to share with friends and managed to run into a familiar face everywhere he went. His other interests included vacations on the motorcycle, coin collecting, playing cards, collecting antique John Deere tractors and memorabilia, playing golf and antique tractor rides.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Darleen of 56 years; his three children: Janet Maranell (David Helms) of Spirit Lake, IA, Twyla (Dave) Otis of Ashton, IA, and Delmer Lee Jr. (Lisa) Lode of Sanborn, IA; six grandchildren: Mia Codi Maranell, Kara Maranell, Lindsey Otis, Logan Otis, Delmer J. Lode III, and Dalton Lode; brother, Marlin (Sherry) Lode; sister-in-law, Cathy Lode; brother-in-law, Rodney Mastbergen; brother-in-law, Donald (Vicki) Mastbergen; close friend, Rick Maranell; and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Werner and Beulah Lode; brother, Calvin Lode; sister, Lavonne Wolthuizen; brother-in-law, Charles Wolthuizen; and stepmother, Allie Lode.