DeKALB – Delbert Lee Lawson, 90, of DeKalb, Ill., went to be with his Lord on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, in the emergency room of Mercy Memorial Hospital in Monroe, Mich.|
Born Oct. 4, 1922, in DeKalb, the son of Myrtle and Ernest Lee Lawson, Delbert married Martha Beebe of Sycamore on May 30, 1948, at First Baptist Church of DeKalb.
Del was a real estate broker with his own agency, The King's Realty. Del grew up in DeKalb and lived most of his life in Illinois. In 2005, he moved to Monroe to live with his daughter and family. He was a 50-year member of First Baptist Church in DeKalb, and later a member of First Baptist Church of Sycamore. Del graduated from DeKalb High School and attended Northern Illinois University, where he played football. He also attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. He loved sports, especially the Cubs. Del served in the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II.
Del loved life, the Bible, Christian music and was passionate about his faith in Jesus Christ. He was active in Redeemer Fellowship Church and Raisinville Baptist Church of Monroe.
The family is grateful for all who loved and cared for Del.
Del is survived by two daughters, Linda (John) Piippo of Monroe and Lora Sue (Grady) Hauser of South Elgin; four grandsons, Daniel and wife Allie Piippo of Ypsilanti, Mich., Joshua Piippo of Monroe, Colson and wife Sarah Hauser of Batavia and Graham Hauser of Washington, D.C.; his sister, Charlotte Cunz of Pasadena, Calif.; and his brother, Ivan, and wife Barbara Lawson of DeKalb. He dearly loved his many nieces and nephews, and their children.
Del was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Lawson (2002); two daughters, Victoria Anne Lawson (1989) and Donna Lee Lawson (1958); and a grandson, David Michael Piippo (1985).
Funeral services will be held at noon Saturday, Jan. 12, at First Baptist Church of Sycamore, 530 W. State St. The visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon prior to the service. Pastor Bill Badal will officiate. Burial will follow at Fairview Park Cemetery in DeKalb.
Memorial gifts can be given to First Baptist Church of Sycamore, 530 W. State St., Sycamore, IL 60178. Gifts will be designated for two of Del's favorite ministries: We Care Pregnancy Center (DeKalb) and Network of Nations (Sycamore).
Arrangements made by Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe.
Published in Daily Chronicle on Jan. 5, 2013