Litchfield - Delmar ‘Del' F. Beitz, 93, of Litchfield, formerly of Bloomington, passed away eight days after his beloved wife, Barbara, on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 1:26 p.m. at Copper Creek Cottages in Litchfield.
His funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Bloomington with Pastor Thomas Wirsing officiating. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. on Monday at Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home in Bloomington.
Interment will be in Park Hill Cemetery in Bloomington. Memorials may be directed to VFW Post 454 or LCMS World Relief and Human Care.
Delmar was born on April 18, 1924 in Bloomington, a son to Paul Anton Albert and Rosa J. Bonke Beitz. He married Barbara J. Franklin on June 15, 1951 in Bloomington. She preceded him in death on March 21, 2018.
Surviving are four daughters, Karen (Greg) Bixby of Plymouth, CA, Teresa (Brad) Williams of Bloomington, Pamela (John) Rice of Bloomington and Patricia (Jim) Peters of Litchfield; twelve grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Timothy Paul Beitz; grandson, Nicholas Rice; three sisters and a brother, who was killed in Italy in 1944 while Delmar was serving in WWII in Southern France.
Delmar proudly served in the United States Army during WWII. He was an electrical contractor and owner of Beitz Electric Co. Inc. in Bloomington, retiring in 1987.
He was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Bloomington; served on the board of trustees, as well as a board member of Trinity Lutheran School; life member of VFW Post 454 in Bloomington. Delmar was a member of McLean County Electric Cooperative and IBEW for over 60 years and served as president 1954-55. He was part of the Barber Shoppers Chorus and the gospel group, The Messengers. He was also a long standing member of the Arabian Horse Association.
Delmar was a lifelong fan of the Chicago Cubs, beginning in his early years when he listened to them on the radio with his mother.
He enjoyed family time, traveling & vacations, bowling, fishing & camping, and of course watching the Chicago Cubs. He proudly built two of their homes and at the second, spent 50+ years. At their farm he bred, raised and cared for many horses, including Arabians. After retirement, he loved playing golf, woodworking & spending winters in Florida.
Delmar was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be greatly missed.
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Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home
1104 N. Main St.
Bloomington, IL 61701
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Trinity Lutheran Church
801 S. Madison
Bloomington, IL 61701
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