Delbert “Delly” F. Isaacson, age 90, of Dassel, died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, at the Lakeside Health Care Center of Dassel.
He was born Nov. 12, 1921, at Smith Lake near Cokato, to Ernest and Selma Isaacson. Delbert lived much of his first years with the Emil Isaacson family in Minneapolis as he underwent many surgeries to repair his upper mouth, which he was born without. “Deb” was raised by his father and siblings as his mother died during goiter surgery when he was 3.
He attended school in Dassel and graduated in 1940.
Delbert married Lorraine Stangland June 19, 1948, at Jessie Lake Baptist Church near Talmoon, MN. Dassel was their lifetime home, where they raised four children: Dale, Karen (Jon) Benson, Bryan (Sandy), and Bruce (Connie).
Some of Delly’s early jobs included working for Great Northern Railroad and Johnson Produce, before going to work for Dassel and Dassel-Cokato Schools as a custodian and school bus driver for over 31 years. He took pride in being able to tell everyone what year they graduated many years later.
Delbert enjoyed playing, teaching, and watching sports. As a player, he could play centerfield and shoot two-hand set shots with the best of them. He enjoyed playing all sports and after high school, played in many fast pitch softball leagues, as well as basketball, bowling, and horseshoe leagues. He enjoyed many hours of teaching his kids how to play ball, and rarely missed any of their games, or his grandchildren’s games, as a fan.
Family times were favorite times, especially summer vacations to Grandpa George’s farm near Max, MN. Delly timed vacations so he could help with haying. This also cleared space for the family to play ball. Delbert enjoyed family birthday celebrations, family camping in Minnesota, and family trips to other states.
He also enjoyed gardening and fishing, driving a Ford product, and voting Republican. In addition, Delly enjoyed weekly Bible study at Hojies, weekly men’s coffee at Lakeside Care Center, and monthly breakfasts at Daniels with the retired D-C faculty.
A lifelong member of Gethsemane Lutheran Church, he served on the church board and as an usher. He also had served on the Dassel Village Council for many years, and on the Nursing Home Board. Delbert was a regular Sunday morning visitor to the nursing home residents, and also volunteered as a Legion Baseball umpire for many years.
Delbert is survived by his wife, Lorraine, of Dassel; children, Dale, Karen (Jon) Benson, Bryan (Sandy), and Bruce (Connie), all of Dassel; and a ball team of grandchildren (nine), Krista (Travis) Cook, Aaron (Megan) Benson, Briana (Andrew) Torvick, Stephanie (Jeff) Ganser, Jeffrey (fiancé Ashley Smetana) Isaacson, Derek Isaacson, Stacy (Andy) Graff, Jenna (fiancé Darin Davis) Isaacson, and Hallie Isaacson; and seven great-grandsons, Logan and Brody Cook, Gavin and Xander Torvick, and Jackson, Carter, and Griffin Ganser.
He is also survived by a sister, Mamie Holm of Willmar; a brother, Linton (Evelyn) Isaacson of Dassel; and a sister-in-law, Margaret Isaacson of Dassel.
Delbert was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Raynold, and Willard (Emelyn) Isaacson; and a brother-in-law, Lowell Holm.
Delbert’s greatest concern in life was that his family and everyone know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
A funeral service took place Thursday, Feb. 2 at 11 a.m. at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel with the Revs. Steven Olson and John Peterson officiating. Interment was at the Dassel Cemetery.
Visitation was Wednesday evening, Feb. 1 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel; and continued Thursday for one hour prior to the service at the church.
Arrangements were handled by the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel.