In Memory of

Delbert F. Gleason

July 20, 1933 - May 30, 2021
From: Ames, IA | Originally: Rockwell City, IA

Rockwell City - Delbert Francis Gleason, son of Florence (Sommerfeld) and August Gleason, passed away suddenly Sunday, May 30, 2021, at his home in Ames, at the age of 87.  Burial of his ashes will be in Rosehill Cemetery, Rockwell City, during a Private Family Graveside Service, with Military Rites conducted by the United States Air Force Honor Guard and Rockwell City Veterans Organization.  Palmer & Swank Funeral Home, Rockwell City is serving the family.

     Delbert was born on July 20, 1933, at his parent’s farm 8 miles east and ½ mile north of Rockwell City.  He was baptized and confirmed at Immanual Lutheran Church, east of Rockwell City.  He graduated from Somers High School with the Class of 1951.  Delbert then entered the Air Force in February 1952.  After training as a crew chief on the F-86 fighter aircraft, he wanted to fly so entered pilot training and graduated as a pilot in the class of 1955.  He was selected by the Air Force to fly KC-97’s and later fly KC-135’s.  He was united in marriage to Gloria Mae (Zoss) on April 21, 1956, at Castle Air Force Base in Merced, California.  He was honorably discharged from the Air Force as a Captain in 1959.  He then worked at Indianapolis Air Traffic Control Center for 1-1/2 years then went to St. Louis, Missouri and worked at the Aeronautical Chart Center until recalled as a pilot by the Air Force in October 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis and later became a veteran of the Vietnam War.  He stayed in the Air Force as a pilot and retired in May 1976 as a Lieutenant Colonel after 22 years.  The couple and their son, Russell Lee, lived in many parts of the world during his military career.

     In 1976, Delbert went home to Rockwell City to farm until his beloved wife of 49 years passed away on February 27, 2005.  He moved to Fort Dodge until 2014, when he decided to live in Ames to be closer to his son, Russell.  Delbert was a member of Memorial Lutheran Church, Ames.

     Delbert is survived by a son, Russell Lee Gleason and his wife Sally Ann (Onken) of Ames; two granddaughters, Shelly Ann Kielsmeier and her husband Jack, and their son Conor, Delbert’s great-grandson; and Shanda Lee Gleason and her husband Nathan.  Delbert was preceded in death by his parents August and Florence; wife Gloria; his brother Kenny and sister-in-law Thelma; his sister Ruth and brother-in-law Jack Miner.

Private Family Graveside Services
Rosehill Cemetery
Rockwell City, Iowa
Military Rites by the United States
Air Force Honor Guard & the Rockwell City
Veterans Organization.


Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 8:26 PM
“My heart goes out to your family at this time! Del was such a kind man! My family got to know Del when he lived in Fort Dodge thru my Mother, Dixie Paulson. We lost Mom in October of 2018 to Alzheimers. We share your sadness for your loss and know oh so well how much you will miss Delbert! He proudly talked about his family a lot. He will be missed by all!
Sincerely, Barbara Zuspann ”
- Barb Paulson Zuspann

Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 8:46 AM
“Sorry to hear of Delberts passing. I'm a relitive on the Zoss side. ”
- Don king

Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 9:24 AM
“We were actually on our way to Ames to take Delbert out for dinner when we learned of Delbert's passing. For years now, it was a tradition to take my mother (Ruth Miner, Delbert's sister who passed in March 2020) to Ames to Hickory Park or Red Lobster for a meal. We would call Uncle Delbert who was always a willing participant. We would have a nice visit and some great food --- a wonderful way to 'catch-up' with everyone. With Delbert's passing another chapter in life (on earth) has closed forever. We look forward to a reunion with Delbert, Gloria, and family in heaven. Delbert will always be in our memories.
- Vincent Miner & Cathi Alexander-Miner

Thursday, June 3, 2021 at 9:16 AM
“To the family of Delbert Gleason, My sympathies. Del was a sophomore and I was a senior in high school at Somers. He was always into fast cars. Then we all go our separate ways. Last reunion I saw Del and we talked about flying as I also am a pilot certainly not of the caliber of Del. Wow retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. That is impressive. You can be very proud of Del. Ed Hendrickson Sr,”

Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 9:57 PM
“We are very sorry to hear about Delbert's passing. We were neighbors in Ames. He was always a friendly person who took the time to chat or simply say hello. We pray for and send our sincere condolences to his family. ”
- Hernandez Bojorquez Family

Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 11:54 AM
“We we are very sorry to hear of Delbert’s passing. We got to know him several years ago when he still lived on the farm and we were still farming near Rockwell City. Then our paths crossed again after we retired and moved to Ames. He was an interesting person and a genuinely nice guy. Our sincere condolences to the family. ”
- Steven & Carol Moberg

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 9:17 AM
“Very sorry to hear about Del. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
- Veronica Jarrett

Monday, May 31, 2021 at 8:09 PM
“Russell, I am sorry to hear of your father's passing. I wish the best for you and family. Uncle Delbert will long be remembered and well respected as well as loved. May he and Aunt Gloria find each other again. ”
- Bruce Zoss

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