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Delbert F. Coller

Services for Delbert F. Coller were held Monday, June 1, 2009, at the Kadoka City Auditorium with the Reverend Gus Craven officiating.

Music was provided by Tommy Terkildsen, Verna Mae Sharp and Tayta West.

Ushers were Sauntee Coller, Jeremy Coller, Michael Rizzo and Josh Ferguson. Pallbearers were Jim Rock, Reed Richardson, Vernie Richardson, Larry Miller, Bill Bouman and Owen Ferguson.

Interment with military honors was at the Kadoka Cemetery.

Delbert Fay Coller was born on March 2, 1928, to Fay and Keathel (Bovey) Coller in Mitchell, SD. In 1933, he had infantile paralysis and stayed with Gramma Bovey in Kennebec where she cured his illness with bread and milk poultice.

In 1935, Delbert attended elementary school in Long Valley (Harding School). At the age of seven, Delbert stayed with Jim and Maude Arnold where he worked to pay for room and board. He got 15 cents/day. In 1939, his mother died of kidney disease. For two summers, he worked for Jim and Bertha McDonald. After his mother's death, he lived with Rose and Bill Gropper, Ivan and Gladys Stevenson, Wally Ruggles, and George Olson. In 1943, Delbert worked for the "late" Maurice Handcock farming. Delbert was a proud graduate of Kadoka High School in 1946.

While in high school, Delbert lived with Rachel White, Francis Gillmore, and also Alice Drury where he got $18.50/month doing odd jobs. He lived with Tiny Young and worked for Maurice in the summer. In 1949, Delbert began working for Donald Handcock. From 1950 to 1952, he worked for Les Crew herding sheep.

On February 1, 1952, Delbert enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was a corporal in the Airborne Army and Heavy Artillery. He didn't fight in the Korean War as he was an only child. He then joined the Army Reserves in January 31, 1954, through 1966.

Returning back to Long Valley, he met Virginia Lee Goodman. Delbert and Virginia were united in marriage on August 26, 1956.

Together, the couple moved to St. Louis, MO, where Delbert attended diesel school at Bailey Technical School. They then moved north of Draper, SD, where he worked for Clarence Berry for one and one-half years. Delbert moved his family to what was then Washabaugh County, where they continue to reside.

Delbert worked for Washabaugh County repairing roads, and also Coon Chevrolet and Bair Ford and Mercury as a mechanic. In 1972, Delbert started and maintained "Coller Repair" at his home place.

Thankful for sharing his life include his wife, Virginia, of 53 years; two sons, Craig Coller and his wife, Diana, of Kadoka and their four sons, Mike Coller of Kadoka and his three daughters; three daughters, Teresa Proctor and her husband, Rick, of East Stroudsburg, PA, and their two children, Roberta Coller of Kendall, WI, and her three children, and Barbara Rokke and her husband, DelRay, of Maplewood, MN, and their two daughters; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one brother-in-law, Al Goodman; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Delbert was preceded in death by his mother, Keathel; his father, Fay; one granddaughter, Marie Georgia Coller; and one great- granddaughter, Jaylee Dae Coller.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Kadoka Nursing Home or Kadoka Ambulance.