The Oskaloosa Herald
Floyd Richard Dalbey, age 88, of Fremont, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at Hospice House in Ottumwa surrounded by his family.
He was born on Nov. 20, 1924, at Highland Center to Seaborn Vance and Elizabeth Cobler Dalbey, one of 16 children. He was joined in marriage to Virginia Ann Aldridge on March 26, 1949, in Altoona to which five children were born to this union. Floyd retired from John Deere Ottumwa Works on Oct. 31, 1983, after 37 years of service. After retirement he helped several neighboring farmers with spring planting, fall harvest, and also had a small herd of cattle. He served in the army during World War II and was a 50-year member of the American Legion OB Nelson Post No. 3 as well as a lifetime member of the UAW and the Fremont United Methodist Church. He enjoyed the neighborhood card club, the ‘40s club in Ottumwa, hanging with the guys at Waynes’s Tire and when they moved off their farm to Fremont the morning men’s coffee group in Fremont as long as his health allowed him.
Floyd is survived by his wife of 63 years, Virginia; sons, Craig, of Ottumwa, Bryan (Sally), of El Cajon, Calif.; daughters, Paula (Tom) Greteman, of Norwalk, Lisa (Neil) Albertson, of Fremont, and Tracy (LeRoy) Dalbey Short, of Independence, Mo.; 12 grandchildren, one step grandchild, 9 great-grandchildren, three step great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; nine brothers, Chester, Anthony, Albert, Leonard, Eugene, Orville, Lloyd, William and Donald; six sisters, Clara Wymer, Della Osing, Vera Franklin, Mable Teeter, Francis Kirk Pirtle and Margaret Blanchard.
Funeral services will be Jan. 23, at 10:30 a.m. at the Fremont United Methodist Church. Visitation will begin after 12 p.m. on Jan. 22 at the Fremont Funeral Chapel with the family present between the hours of 5 to 7 p.m. Burial will follow the service at the Cedar Township Memorial Cemetery in Fremont.
Memorials may be made in Floyd’s name to Hospice House of Wapello and Davis County or the Fremont United Methodist Church.
Fremont Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.