July 20, 1923 - Oct. 10, 2012
NEW PARIS — Delbert D. Burkholder, 89, of New Paris, passed away at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, at IU Health Goshen Hospital after a lengthy illness.
He was born July 20, 1923, in New Paris to Daniel and Mary (Hershberger) Burkholder. On March 21, 1958, in Brookfield, Ill., he married Dora Ellen Liebert Gill. She passed away on Jan. 28, 2012.
Surviving are a son, Randall (Sharida) Burkholder of Middlebury; two stepdaughters, Lorraine Carson of North Webster and Donna Blough of Goshen; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Also surviving are two sisters, Marie Holderman of Portage, Mich., and Rachel Maggart of Mayo, Fla. and a brother, Nelson (Pat) Burkholder of New Paris.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Lizzie Sloan of Syracuse and Nellie Evans of Nappanee.
Delbert lived his entire life in the New Paris area.
He worked several years for the Elkhart County Highway Department and retired from Smokercraft.
His hobby was small-engine repair.
Visitation will be for one hour prior to the 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, memorial service at Church of the Brethren, 68170 C.R. 23, New Paris. The Rev. Stan Godfrey of the church will officiate.
Elkhart Cremation Services is entrusted with arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be given to Goshen Home Care and Hospice, 1721 South Main St., Goshen, IN 46526.