Delmar D. Pullen (1920 - 2014)

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Funeral services for Delmar D. Pullen, 94, were held Saturday, Dec. 13 10:00 a.m., at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 600 Bluff Street, in Council Bluffs. Interment was at the Exira Cemetery in Exira, with military honors by Kanesville Riders Honor Guard. Memorials to the Our Savior's Lutheran Church.
Delmar, born March 4, 1920 in Bedford, and passed away Dec. 10, 2014 at his home in Council Bluffs. He was one of ten children of Charles and Ida Mae (Harding) Pullen. He served in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during the depression helping build parks and reserves throughout Iowa, as well as working on various drainage projects and assisting farmers with soil conservation. In 1942, Delmar joined the US Army. He served his country a Combat Engineer - PFC 531st ENG SHORE REGT 1st BRIG during World War II supporting the war effort in Africa, Sicily, Italy, Scotland, and England among other countries. He was responsible for hauling land mines on Omaha Beach, Utah Beach and Normandy during the D-Day invasion. He was honorably discharged from the US Army in 1945. Delmar was a life-time member of the VFW 737 and American Legion Post 2.
After marrying wife, Lillian (Nielsen) Pullen, on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 1949, he provided for his family by working as a Maintenance Tech at Blue Star Foods in Atlantic. Delmar and Lillian moved their family to Council Bluffs, in September of 1958. There he continued to work for Blue Star Foods which was eventually bought by ConAgra Foods in Council Bluffs. He originally retired from his long-time employment at age 70 in 1990. Delmar went on to find new employment with Rasmussen's Heating and Cooling in Carter Lake, until he finally retired at age 87 in 2007.
In addition to working to provide for his family, Delmar also enjoyed dancing with his wife. They were members of various square dancing and round dancing clubs in the Council Bluffs area. They spent many hours helping teach these forms of dancing to other couples. Delmar also enjoyed getting together with friends to play cards, hunting and fishing, and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his son, Robert Pullen; parents, Charles and Ida Mae Pullen; and six sisters and three brothers.
Delmar is survived by his wife of nearly 65 years, Lillian, two children; D. Dean and wife, Jewel, Pullen of Henderson, and Denise Vandernoot of Council Bluffs. He also leaves behind six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; Anthony and wife, Heidi, Pullen and their children, Michelle and Trenton, of Emerson, Jennifer and husband, Bryan, Brownsberger and their children, Tate and Megan, of Ankeny, Laura Pullen and son, Davan Goos, of Fort Calhoun, Neb., and Sonia, Kristina and Jeffery (Vandernoot) Reeve of Glenwood.
Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Dec. 19 to Dec. 26, 2014
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