Delbert Lee Redd was born June 19, 1936 in Grand Junction, Colorado. Del passed away October 3, 2013 in Oroville, California. Del was the youngest son of Oscar Redd and Ruth Evangeline Barrows. He was raised in Grand Junction and attended all of the local Schools. Before entering the U.S. Army in October 1953, he worked for his father at R&W Trailers.
During his 27 year career in the U.S. Army, Del visited many different countries on his way to new duty stations or while upgrading his schooling and special training. He especially enjoyed his 16 years spent in Fussen, Erlangen, Bayreuth, Bamberg and Grafenwoehr, Germany.
He held many positions during his career. In his early career he was class leader, an automotive fuel and electric instructor in Germany, a member of the Honor Guard, a tank commander with the Armored Cav at duty stations in Ft. Riley, Kansas and in Germany. He was G3 General Staff Assistant Operations Officer 1st Infantry Division in Vietnam, S3 Staff Section Operation NCO Armored Cav in Germany and First Sergeant Headquarters Armored Division in Germany. Del was also a U.S. Army Field Recruiter in Richfield, Utah and Redwood City, California. He was also the Area Commander, Field Recruiting in San Francisco, Ca. His last duty station was in the 10th Cav at Fort Carson, Co. where he retired in October 1980.
During his long career in the military, Del earned numerous awards and decorations. He was most proud of his Bronze Star earned in Vietnam and his Legion of Merit Medal. After Del retired from the military he held several other positions to include a Security Patrol Officer, an automotive parts and service sales rep, an assistant store manager in electronics, manager and owner of an ice cream parlor, store manager of a furniture and appliance rental store and a new and used auto sales representative.
Del during his life enjoyed boating, dancing, fishing, hunting, motorcycle riding, racquetball, snow skiing, water skiing, woodworking and listening to a variety of music along with playing the organ and guitar.
Del is survived by his wife of 24 years, Patricia, of Oroville and sons Dino (Cheryl) of Las Vegas, NV., Del Jr. (Julie) of Whiting, Indiana, Rick of San Jose, CA. and Werner Jahn (Ingrid) of Frankenthal, Germany and sister Alice of Hertford, NC and former spouse Pauline of Yuba City, CA. Del is also survived by Granddaughters Heather Hamilton (Jeff), Madelaine, Britta and Patricia and Grandsons Sean, Arin and Brandon. He has three Step-Granddaughters Hayley, Jessica and Destiny and he has two Step-Grandsons Matthew and Brian. He also has three Great- Granddaughters and five Great-Grandsons in addition to many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Even though he didn't get to see many of them often, he loved each and every one of them.
Del was predeceased by his parents, brothers and sisters-in- law Robert (Mae), William (Louise), Leonard (Loretta), Wendell (Ramona), sister Barbara and brother in-law Fred.
Military Honors will be conducted for Del at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Rd. in Dixon, CA. (707) 693-2460 on November 18, 2013 at 1:30 P.M. Scheer Memorial Chapel is handling the arrangements.
Published in Appeal Democrat on Nov. 9, 2013