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Delwin Murdock (Del) Romrell


1933 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Delwin Murdock (Del) Romrell Obituary
Delwin (Del) Murdock Romrell was born in St. Anthony, Idaho, on Feb. 11, 1933. He was the third child of Alfred E. and LIlla M. Romrell. He grew up in the little community of Wilford just outside of St. Anthony. He learned how to be a hard worker by helping to run the family farm. He had many adventures with runaway horses, wagons, manure spreaders, etc. He was a good boy with a fun-loving attitude. Some of his pranks have become family legend.
While attending Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho, Del met his wife, Janis Bischoff. They found they were perfect partners on the dance floor and were married on April 15, 1953, in the Idaho Falls Temple. They were sweethearts for the 52 years they danced together. They lived in the Blackfoot area until 1960 when they moved to Richland, Washington.
Del began his professional career as an Instrument Technician at the atomic site near Idaho Falls, Idaho. He had a very good mind for problem solving. By working hard and taking night classes he eventually received an Electrical Engineer rating. He was awarded several patents for things like a transducer used to monitor crack growth in ceramic when he worked for Battelle. He retired as a manager of the electrical engineers working at FFTF for Westinghouse.
It was seldom necessary for Del to hire any repairmen because he was a skilled handyman. He did plumbing, carpentry, drywall, painting, car repair, appliance repair, hair cutting, etc. He was also an expert gardener and orchardist. He and two friends owned and operated a twenty acre farm on which they grew a huge vegetable garden and raised beef cattle.
Del was a lifetime member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He had a strong testimony of Christ and tried to emulate him by serving his family and fellowmen. He served on the High Council, in the Bishopric, and as a missionary, Scout leader, choir member, and young adult leader. He and his wife, Jan, were missionaries at the Kennewick Employment Office of the LDS church, and were Temple workers for 12 years.
Del was a hard worker, but he played just as hard. He was a hot dog snow and water skier. He loved the challenge of the double black diamond ski runs and worked hard to master both the slalom and trick water skis. It was fun to watch him do 360's over the wake, ski backwards, and hold the rope with his toes. Few could match his rooster tail! He also enjoyed fishing, boat trips in the San Juans, and golf. Ever a prankster and teaser, everyone was on guard when he was around. His family has many fond memories of his creative fun. 
Del loved his family, his greatest treasure. He taught them to value each other, their faith, hard work, music and education. He and Jan engineered many family traditions and loved organizing - notably their annual (40 years) trip to Twin Lakes. His most difficult trial was losing his beloved wife in 2005.
Del is survived by his siblings, Owen Romrell (Vella), Dale Romrell (Bonnie), and Carol Ferney (Bill); his daughters, Debra Romrell, Patti Mason (John), Gina Bricker (Ken), Linda Burbank (Larry), Shelly Schleiff (Marty), and Angela Crystal (Jeremy), 20 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren (one more on the way), and one great-great-grandchild.
His wife, Janis, parents, Alfred and Lilla Romrell, and sister, Marva Rogers (William) preceded him in death.
The family will greet friends from 5-7 p.m. on Sunday, May 1, at Einan's Sunset Event Center and at the church one hour prior to the funeral services. Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 2, in the LDS church at 1720 Thayer Dr. in Richland, Wash. All friends are welcome.
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Published in The Morning News on Apr. 29, 2016
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