Delbert McNealy

September 1, 1925February 4, 2014

Delbert D. McNealy, 88, passed away at home in Midland, Texas, on Tuesday morning, February 4, 2014. He is interred at the Emmett City Cemetery, Emmett, Idaho.

Mr. McNealy was born September 1, 1925, in Smith Center, Kansas, the oldest child, to Frank Levi McNealy and wife, Mary Mildred Van Cleave McNealy. His family moved to Emmett, Idaho in 1935. He graduated from Emmett High School in 1943. During World War II, he served in Company B, 345th Infantry Regiment, 87th Infantry Division and participated in battle action in southern France, the Battle of the Bulge, Germany, Belgium and Czechoslovakia. He received the Bronze Star Medal, the European Campaign Medal with three battle stars, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and Expert shooting badges. He graduated from the University of Idaho with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. He married Marjorie Esther Shorten in 1952 in California. He reluctantly moved to Sacramento, California where he worked for 19 years as an engineer with the State of California. After a two year tour overseas, he moved his family to El Paso, Texas. He was a licensed professional engineer in the field of civil engineering, continuing until his retirement in 1988. He was a charter member of the VFW Post 4900 in Emmett, Idaho. He and his wife moved to Midland, Texas in 2005 and resided there until their deaths.

During his life, he was an avid hunter, he enjoyed history, writing, and golf. He was preceded in death by his wife and two brothers, Forrest McNealy and Benjamin McNealy. Delbert is survived by his sister, Bethene Pulliam, of Oregon; his five children, Bethene Krauser and husband, Kent, of Lake Mary, Florida, Katherine Bradshaw and husband, David, of Garden Ridge, Texas, Timothy Frank McNealy and wife, Karen, of Midland, Texas, Caroline Leibsle and husband, Doug, of Lexington, Kentucky, and Frederick Joseph McNealy and wife, Lori, of San Antonio, Texas; eight grandchildren, Timothy R. McNealy, Anthony McNealy, Barbara McNealy, Erica Bradshaw Sloan, Mary Claire Bradshaw Sowell, Taylore Leibsle, Richard McNealy and Patrick McNealy and three great grandchildren, Madyson, Aubrey and Estelle.

Arrangements under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home, Midland, TX.


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Joe Valdez

February 12, 2014

I worked for Del for almost 20 years at the IBWC when he was Principal Engineer in charge of engineering,construction, and O & M. We had a close relationship in being his translator with his Mexican counterpart. After he retired I was promoted to his position. He was a close friend at work and we shared working together on many boundary problems. Del made a very good effort to learn Spanish so he could communicate with Mr. Guzman dei Castillo. He always wanted to speak Spanish correctly using the proper grammar. I now live in Keller, Texas close to my daughters and son. It is good to know he is gone to a better world to be with Marjorie. Joe Valdez ( Keller,Tx )

Rosemary Stoelzel

February 7, 2014

When they lived in El Paso Del and Marjorie helped at the Assistance League and that's how I met them. After Marjorie's death Del still drove to El Paso from Midland to visit his doctors now and then, and he ALWAYS brought his freshly baked cookies in tins for the ladies in the Assistance League pricing room. He was a breath of fresh air, full of energy and smiles, when he came in with those cookies! We all thought it wonderful that a MAN was baking cookies for us ladies! Del was a special guy. May he rest in peace. Rosemary Stoelzel

Taylore Leibsle

February 7, 2014

You will be missed Grandpa! Love you!

Anna Shreve

February 7, 2014

I enjoyed working for you at IBWC, and the memories of times spent with you and Marjorie will always have a special place in my heart. I still have the book of poems you wrote many years ago (that I typed for you) and I will read them again soon. Rest in peace! Praying for comfort for your wonderful family.

Gabe Borquez

February 6, 2014

Thanks for all of the great WW2 stories and friendship of 25 years! I will miss you my dear friend, Prayers for all of the family!

February 6, 2014

I was Del's secretary when he was chief of program conrol at DWR in Sac. My late husband Jim Welsh was a long-time friend when they worked in DWR. Del was an individual and was very proud of his family. My condolences are with all your family.
Ruth Welsh

Kat Copeland

February 6, 2014

RIP dear man. I'm so glad you got your book published because of your premonition. You had a full, wonderful life. Enjoy your peaceful hereafter.