Delbert Paul Aldrich, 71, of Manchester, passed away Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, at his cabin home in Bloomfield. Arrangements are pending with Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester due to delays at the State Medical Examiner.
He was born April 29, 1949, in Cedar Rapids, the son of Earl and Marie (Connolly) Aldrich. Delbert graduated from Maquoketa Valley High School in Delhi in 1967 and attended two years of trade school. He served honorably in the United States Army from 1969 to 1971.
On May 5, 1979, Delbert was united in marriage to Diane Fessler at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Earlville. Three sons and a daughter were born to this union. The couple lived many years in the Earlville area and lived the last 15 years in Manchester. Delbert was in the lumber business, in sales and construction, for 40 plus years. Delbert enjoyed cruising in their Corvette, traveling, meeting people, spending time at the cabin and most of all loved spending time with his grandchildren.
Delbert is survived by his wife, Diane, of Manchester; his three sons and son-in-law and 11 grandchildren: Chris (Tina Tucker) Aldrich and children, Rylie and Peyton Aldrich, and Tyson and Taya Tucker, of Earlville, Rusty (Jenni) Aldrich and their children, Logan, Isabella, Sophia and Jackson Aldrich, all of Lamont and Matt Aldrich, of Dubuque; his son-in-law, Jamie Gray, and Emma, Claira and Dominic Gray, all of Hopkinton; his sister, Karen (Richard) Cole, of Delhi, his mother-in-law, Betsy Fessler, of Earlville; 13 sisters and brothers-in-law, Linda Aldrich, of Mount Vernon, Ann Fessler, of Durango, Don (Bev) Fessler, of Manchester, Bob Fessler of Omaha, Neb., Bill (Connie) Fessler, of Biloxi, Miss., Jack (Ann) Fessler, of Keosauqua, Karen Wulfekuhle, of Dubuque, Randy (Nicole) Dunkel, of Des Moines, MaryJo (Dana) Walhovd, of Eau Claire, Wis., Chuck Fessler, of Manchester, Donna (Dave) Offerman, of Earlville, Cindy (Doug) Engelken, of Dyersville, and Karla (Jerry) Downs, of Delhi; and many nieces and nephews.
Delbert was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Michelle (Shelli) Gray on Nov. 6, 2019; his twin brother, Dave Aldrich; his father-in-law, Robert Fessler; and sister and brothers-in-law, Shari Dunkel, Mike Fessler and Mike Wulfekuhle; and his nephew, Brian Fessler.
Online condolences may be sent to www.leonard-mullerfh.com.