Delbert Harm Van Boening 1918 - 2012 ~ Beloved Husband & Father ~ On November 15th, Delbert departed into the embrace of his Lord. Born January 16th in Blue Hill, Nebraska to Harm and Augusta, Del grew up on the family farm. Along with 3 brothers and 4 sisters, he was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul's Lutheran Church. In 1936, after graduating high school, he moved to Long Beach, Ca., where his mechanical aptitude landed him a job at the Ford garage. In 1940, he went to work for Douglas Aircraft in Santa Monica and then Long Beach. On a blind date in 1941, he met Faye Tracy. A year later, he married the love of his life on Easter Sunday. Faye became an executive secretary at Douglas, and in 1943 both were transferred to Oklahoma City, where Del was appointed Supervisor of the Flight and Final Inspection Department, certifying thousands of aircraft of many types for duty. After the war, they returned to California where Del operated a sewing machine company in San Diego and Faye managed the office. Four years later, they returned north to run another store in downtown Los Angeles. Living in Downey, they were members of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Bellflower. Faye gave birth to Mark in 1954. Soon after, the family moved to Bakersfield where Del built one of the first homes in what were then the sagebrush foothills northeast of town. There, the couple lived out the rest of their lives. For over 30 years, Del owned Moore Sewing Machine Co. and Casa Moore Stereo along with his son, operating the businesses with many wonderful Christian coworkers. He made countless friends and was a pillar of the Bakersfield business community. Del loved to fish and boat, enjoying outdoor adventures with family and friends well into his eighties. He and Faye were founding members of Our Savior's Lutheran Church, subsequently becoming longtime members of Lutheran Church of Prayer. Preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, brothers Oscar, Harlan and Dean, sisters Charlotte and 'Pat', and grandson Luke, Delbert is survived by his son Mark, sisters 'Al Jo' Burr and Elna Kort, along with many nieces and nephews in Nebraska and California. Though family and friends will miss him dearly, solace is found in the sure knowledge that Del's spirit is with his Savior and reunited with so many loved ones. "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." The memorial service will be held at Lutheran Church of Prayer, 1:00 PM, Tuesday, November 20th. www.bakersfield.com/obits
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Published in Bakersfield Californian on November 16, 2012