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Delbert Keith Kalbach, 70, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family after short battle with cancer on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009. He was born on May 28, 1939 to Paul and Mildred Kalbach.

Del met his first wife, Jackie while attending California State University, Chico. Upon graduation, he and his wife made their home in Biggs, California after taking teaching positions at Biggs High School where he taught for 31 years. During his career at Biggs High School, he dedicated his life to helping young adults realize their full potential through teaching and coaching sports. After his retirement, Del enjoyed his two other great passions in life, hunting and horseback riding.

Del was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 33 years, Jackie Kalbach.

He leaves behind his mother, Mildred Downard; sister, Darlene Walker; wife, Mary Kalbach; son, Bart Kalbach and his companion Margie Egan; daughter, Karrie Kalbach-Alexander, son-in-law, Daniel Alexander and two grandchildren, Lexie and Lane Alexander.

A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at the Chico Area Recreation District (CARD) center.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Del Kalbach Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of Newton-Bracewell Chico Funeral Home. View obituary and send condolences online at www.NBCFH.com.

Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Oct. 2, 2009
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