Delbert Leland Nuttbrock
Milwaukie - Delbert Leland Nuttbrock, age 91, passed away peacefully on November 22, 2020, at his home in Milwaukie, Oregon. Against the odds, he fought 4 bouts of cancer over 25 years and one heart attack. In the end, cancer took him quietly in his sleep.
He was born the eldest of two children on June 30, 1929, in Carpenter, South Dakota, to Hazel and Hiram Nuttbrock. In the spring of 1937, he and his extended family moved to Keizer, Oregon. He met his beloved wife, Agnes Snook, of 63 years while attending Keizer School. In 1948, he graduated from Salem Academy and was married later that year. While living in Keizer, he worked a variety of jobs and as a carpenter building houses. In 1958, he was hired by PGE and moved his family to Milwaukie. He worked for PGE for 33 years, retiring in 1991. He helped to construct most of the substations in the Portland area, as well as a variety of other locations across the state. He was involved in the Boy Scouts with his 3 sons, accompanying them on hikes and snowshoe adventures. He always kept his family on the go, providing many memorable adventures of hiking, fishing, boating, water skiing, camping, snowshoeing, bicycling, crabbing, trap shooting, and trail riding, dune riding, and road riding on his many motorcycles. He passed on his passion for outdoor activities to his children and grandchildren.
Delbert was a skilled craftsman and carpenter. He could build or fix just about anything. He made numerous pairs of snowshoes for the Boy Scouts and his family. He built a rowboat, truck canopy, motorcycle trailer, cabinets, and room additions for two of his homes.
He enjoyed riding motorcycles with friends and family, making trips across the country and Canada to cycle rallies, cycle races, and places of interest. To begin his retirement, he took a 10,000 mile motorcycle ride to Florida. His favorite stretch of road was through the Florida Keys. He attended the Sacramento Mile motorcycle races so many times that his seats were saved for him every year. In 2014, he reached the momentous milestone of 1 million road miles. It was celebrated with friends and family, and of course, a motorcycle ride. He continued riding motorcycles through his 90th year. Though he thoroughly enjoyed motorcycles, his favorite adventure was flying. In the early 80's, he flew many trips around Mount St. Helens providing views of the volcano for friends and family. Another one of his hobbies was shooting trap. For many years, he participated in trap shooting competitions and spent the winters reloading thousands of shotgun shells. In his later years, he enjoyed meeting friends and family for breakfast or coffee ("informational meetings"), taking motorcycle rides, playing cribbage, driving one of his new cars to "check on the river", and hanging out with his cat, Sassy.
Delbert will be remembered by family and friends for his easy smile, generosity, and kindness.
Delbert is survived by his children and their spouses, Dennis and Gail Nuttbrock, Jerry and Tricia Nuttbrock, Wayne and Cindy Nuttbrock, Charlene and Lon Paulson; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife, Agnes Nuttbrock. Arrangements by City View Funeral Home.
Published in The Statesman Journal from Dec. 10 to Dec. 13, 2020.