Nelsen Williamsburg

3785 Strawberry Plains Rd., Williamsburg, VA


Leonard Joseph Dalzell

May 15, 1930July 28, 2020

Leonard Joseph “Len” Dalzell passed away peacefully on July 28, 2020 at the age of 90 following a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. Len was a long-time resident of Williamsburg following his career in the U.S. Air Force.

Len was born May 15, 1930 in Grand Forks, North Dakota to James and Josephine Dalzell, the youngest of seven children who grew up on the family farm near Walhalla. He received his bachelor’s degree from North Dakota State University and master’s degree from the University of North Dakota. Upon graduating from college, Len received his commission into the Air Force in 1953 and retired in 1981 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He served in the Vietnam War for which he was awarded the Bronze Star. His career included tours of duty in Texas, England, Alabama, North Dakota, and Taiwan before concluding at Langley Air Force Base. He was also awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.

He was a devout Roman Catholic and was an active member of St. Bede’s parish in Williamsburg. Len was an avid golfer who was active for many years at Kingsmill. He owned and operated a vending machine business after he retired from the service and was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels. He was an enthusiastic fan of the Minnesota Vikings who could probably hear him cheering all the way from Virginia. He loved to play pinochle, bridge, and solitaire.

Len is survived by his children, Scott Dalzell (Marcia Wilds) of Charlottesville, Susan Caldwell of Glen Allen, Dana Dalzell of Yorktown, Jodie Dalzell of Williamsburg, Jules Dalzell of Manakin-Sabot; and by his grandchildren, Timothy Dalzell of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and Hayley Littrell of Williamsburg.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Janice “Jan” Dalzell; grandson, Marc Dalzell; and all of his siblings.

A memorial mass will be held at St. Bede’s at a date to be determined. Len’s body will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery next to his beloved wife Jan. The family requests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions for Alzheimer’s disease research. Online condolences may be shared at www.nelsenwilliamsburg.com.


  • Memorial Mass

    Thursday, August 13, 2020


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Justin Dalzell

August 6, 2020

Uncle Leonard, fondly I remember those occasional visits by you and Aunt Jan. She’d have some “magazines” to catch up on and you’d have your “kit” (a remnant of your Service days). While Mom (Gail) and Aunt Jan were the wiser...you and Dad (Don) and Vern and Marie and Erv and Lizzie would stay up until the wee hours playing Whist ( I was a shadow in the banister ). Virginia was a magical place Mom and Dad visited once when I was in Elementary School ( that I remember in Polaroids and stories )! Sunday mornings Dad would call Archers Mead, with the land line stretched from the wall to the coffee cup on the table, he didn’t understand it, but would ask about golf and the weather...and you were always kind enough to ask about the weather and the crop! Dad spoke fondly of his younger brother, reminisced about about their youth...even kept the cane Len used to sort livestock at the Pembina County Fair. You told me many stories about Jim and Josie, flight stories from the USAF and even chatted about the Bay and your “retirement” endeavors. As the last link to a generation you will be missed more than is reasonable, but you will also be remembered Lovingly in the warmth of the fading light. I believe you have clear skies ahead and the ceiling is limitless. God Bless!

Nancy Eback

August 3, 2020

Sorry for you loss! Thinking of you all.

Cousin ...Nancy Eback ( Ervin’s)

John and Jeanine Dalzell

August 1, 2020

We recall how kind Uncle Leonard was to us when we visited Williamsburg. VA.
He made sure we knew of the famous historical sites to see and his beautiful condo accommodated our needs while staying in Williamsburg.
We also shared some fun times in Walhalla , playing cards with him, family and friends!
May he be resting in peace!
We send hugs, love and condolences to his family!!
John and Jeanine Dalzell

Marilyn (Dalzell) Smith

August 1, 2020

Uncle Leonard was always kind of a mystery to me. We only got to see him on rare occasions, but I was always impressed by his military service, and the wonderful places they got to live. My Gary spent 3 years in the Army and we spent almost 2 years in Germany. I respected career service members even more after that.
God Bless all the family at this time of grieving.
Another generation has passed.
Marilyn and Gary Smith.

Linda Dalzell

July 30, 2020

My most striking memory of your dad was sitting on his lap in the back seat of a car with scratchy old velvet upholstery. I must have been about three. Mom and dad (Ervin and Elizabeth) were in the front seat and it was a warm summer day. I don’t know where we were going but it felt good to listen to the grown ups talk while he had his chin on top of my head.

Stacey Johnson

July 29, 2020

Your Dad was a great and funny man! He had a love for people and a oh what a sense of humor! Know he loved you all more than could be expressed. Thank you all for being great kids and always loving on your Dad. I'll miss his jokes and smiles. Most of all his laughter was so contagious! He had the best giggle ever! May God give you rest in Him and knowing he loved each of you. I love you all and will keep you in my prayers and heart.

Cindy Hansen

July 29, 2020

To my uncle Leonard's families. My sincere sympathy goes out to you all. Uncle Leonard was my mom's twin brother. She was very proud of who he was and I know she greatly appreciated when he came to Washington for my dad's funeral. Whenever they would talk on the phone, they would jokingly tell each other to"speak up"! They always wished each other a special happy birthday!
My thoughts and prayers go to your entire family.
Sincerely your cousin,
Cindy (Gelder) Hansen
Centralia, Wa

Cathy Pogorzelski

July 29, 2020

My sympathies to my Uncle Leonard's family from your Green Bay, Wisconsin cousin, Cathy.
Please be comforted in the knowledge that he is at peace and re-connecting with many in paradise.

Gary Gelder

July 28, 2020

Twins reunited
huGGs cousins. Your dad is now free. Praying for comfort and peace

Betty Dalzell Blazer

July 28, 2020

So sorry for your lose. You're in our thoughts & prayers. Betty Blazer. Ervin's daughter.


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