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Delbert J. Finder

Delbert Finder

READLYN — Delbert James Finder, 90, of Readlyn, died Sunday, Feb. 4, at Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community, Waverly, of a lung infection.

He was born April 11, 1927, in Oelwein, son of Amos and Mary Elizabeth Bray Finder. He married Lillian Bathke of Tripoli in 1946; she died in 1997.

Del attended Fairbank Schools and grew up working with his family on farms in the Fairbank area. He first worked at the DeSoto garage in Readlyn. Del and Lil then moved to Knittel Corner, where they founded Del’s Auto Repair in 1957.

Survived by: two sons, Jerry (Connie) of Knittel and Jack (Kathy) of rural Readlyn; a daughter, Sally (Patrick) Finder Weepie of Altoona; two grandchildren, Tereasa and Pat; six great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and his longtime companion, Sue Abbas of Waverly.

Preceded in death by: his wife and parents; two brothers, Richard and Leonard, and a sister, Evelyn, in infancy.

Services: Del has been cremated and per his directive, no funeral services will be held. Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home, Waverly, is assisting the family.

Memorials: may be directed to his family and sent to the Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 215, Waverly 50677.

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He spent decades fixing cars, painting cars, towing cars and occasionally jumping in the car (always a Chrysler, of course — he owned more than 60 of them throughout his lifetime) to take the family on a road trip, or at least up to the river. Del’s favorite getaway was his trailer along the Mississippi River near Harper’s Ferry.

the life of: Delbert J. Finder (1927-2018)
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