Duard D. Delzer
April 19, 2017 by 20 Comments
Date of Birth: February 25, 1956
Died on: April 19, 2017Eureka-Memorial service for Duard D. Delzer, 61, of Eureka, SD will be 11:00 am, Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Zion American Lutheran Church at Eureka. The Rev. Ryan Gage will officiate.
There will be a prayer service at 7:00 pm, Friday with visitation from 5:00-7:00 pm at the funeral home.
Duard died April 19, 2017 at Eureka Community Hospital after a determined and unflinching battle with cancer.
Duard D. Delzer, son of Harvey and Erdmuth (Kusler) Delzer, was born February 25, 1956, at Eureka Community Hospital. He was baptized and confirmed in Eureka Evangelical United Brethren Church. Duard attended Eureka Public Schools and graduated in 1974. In high school, Duard was a proud member of EHS basketball and track teams. Because the family farmed, Duard wasn’t able to participate in football or baseball, but that did not diminish his love of those sports. He was a loyal – and vocal – supporter and “analyst” of the Minnesota Vikings and Twins all his life.
After graduating from EHS, Duard attended National College of Business in Rapid City for one year before returning to Eureka to help his father on the family farm. For a few years, Duard was also employed by Alvin Weiss as a Pepsi distributor until the business closed. Duard then joined his father full-time on the farm.
On July 14, 1984, Duard was joined in marriage to Sharel Lorenz at United Methodist Church in Eureka. Their union was blessed with two sons, Cody and Dylan, of whom he was fiercely proud. He supported them in all the activities in which they participated and taught them to golf, hunt, fish, and ski – both water and snow. As the boys grew, one of his favorite activities was the annual Presidents’ Day ski trip in the Black Hills.
Throughout his life, Duard participated in a variety of sports and leisure activities. As a young adult, league softball, bowling, and amateur basketball filled his spare time. Later golf became a passion which he shared with his sons, until Cody, at age 12, beat him. The last several years he was a competitive participant in the local dart league during the winter and spring. Favorite warm weather pastimes included spending sunny summer Sundays boating on Lake Eureka, tending to his lawn, and enjoying poker runs or evening cruises on his Harley, and winter vacations with family and friends in Cancun, Mexico, made him happy.
The consummate host, Duard enjoyed entertaining. Whether it was hosting an annual winter “theme” party, an impromptu yard party for friends and neighbors, or class reunions at the house, Duard was always ready to welcome new people and reconnect with old friends.
Duard served the community of Eureka as a past member of Eureka Fire Department, Zion Lutheran Church Council and Zion Lutheran Cemetery Board.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife of 32 years, Sharel; sons, Cody of Madison, SD and Dylan of Sioux Falls; brothers, Russell of Sidney, MT and Rick (Marie) of Las Vegas, NV; sister, Dawn (Robert) Bornemann of Kintyre, ND; mother-in-law, Angie Lorenz of Aberdeen; brother-in-law, Gene (Marlene) Lorenz of Aberdeen and nieces and nephews, Cora (Michael) Dalquist, Andrew (Marie) Bornemann and Jacob, Bornemann, all of Kintyre, ND, Benjamin Delzer of Grand Forks, ND and Lucas and Kennedy Lorenz of Aberdeen.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Erdie (2009) and Harvey (2014), father-in-law, Don Lorenz (2013) and sister-in-law, LV Delzer (2013).
Carlsen Funeral Home of Eureka has been entrusted with arrangements.