Delbert Carl Schilling, age 86, a resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas, died Monday, November 4, 2013, at the Fort Scott Mercy Hospital. Delbert was born September 17, 1927, near Mulberry, Kansas, the son of Charlie Schilling and Mary Cleffman Schilling. He attended one room schools through the eighth grade. He graduated from Fort Scott High School and Fort Scott Community College. During his college years, he ran track and held the state record in the mile run. He also attended Pittsburg State University. At age seventeen, Delbert joined the Merchant Marines and served time in Brooklyn, New York and on the east coast of Italy. At nineteen, he joined the Army
and served two years in the occupation of Japan. Upon his return home, he joined the National Guard and was called to active duty in Korea from 1951- 1952. As a decorated veteran, he remained in the Guard forty years and retired as Command Sergeant Major of Troop Command Headquarters.
In civilian life, Delbert taught school and was principal of rural schools in his early twenties, then became manager of the Severy, Kansas, Co-op elevator before working for Patrons Mutual Insurance for twenty-eight years as a director of agents. He also worked for K. W. Brock Directories as Directory Development Manager, and later published his own telephone directory. Throughout the years, Delbert has always been a farmer of 432 acres and has owned as many as five hundred head of cattle. His civic and church related activities have been varied. He has been a member of the First Church of God for sixty years and has taught Sunday School and been an influential youth group leader. He was a deacon for forty years. He is a member of the VFW
, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, State and National Grange, Professional Farmers Association, National Cattlemen 's Association, and the Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce. He is a fifty year member of Kiwanis and has served as President, Lieutenant Governor, and State Treasurer in the past. Delbert has been active in the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of Kansas and has served as president there along with being active in the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States. He was active in the Southeast Kansas Community Action Program and was the first male president of the PTA at Winfield Scott Elementary School. Fort Scott Community College has seen his services as a past trustee and past president of trustees. He has been a member and past chairman of the United Fund. Presently, he is an active member of the Gideons as well as a board member of HUD.
Delbert has had diverse personal interests as well. As a pilot, he has flown the equivalent of six times around the world in small private aircraft and has flown over forty-one states, the Caribbean, and Canada. Motorcycles were also an interest, and he enjoyed riding to such places as Colorado and Chicago. As an avid traveler, he has visited all fifty states at least once, and several foreign countries in Europe as well as Canada, the Caribbean, and East Asia. He made several trips to participate in Mission work in Haiti. His favorite hobbies included water skiing, boating, snow skiing, golf and jogging.
Delbert has been married to Gloria (Tucker) Schilling, class of '44 for sixty years. Their two daughters are Cheryl Wright and husband, Mike of Ft. Scott, Kansas and Debbie Brock and husband, Ken, of Pittsburg, Kansas. He has been a loving and active grandfather and great-grandfather to five grandsons, Kyle Wright, Derek Wright, Matthew Wright, Bob Brock and wife, Lori, and Ron Brock and great-grandchildren, Lucas and Caroline Brock. He was preceded in death by a brother, Orville Schilling and a sister, Freda Dobbins.
Rev. Phil Wilson will conduct funeral services at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, November 7th at the First Church of God. The eulogy will be given by Gerald Hart. Burial will follow in the U. S. National Cemetery where military honors will be provided by the Olson Frary Burkhart Post #1165 Veterans of Foreign Wars. The family will receive friends from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. Wednesday at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Memorials are suggested to either the Presbyterian Village or the First Church of God and may be sent to the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Ft. Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.