Delbert Avery McKenzie, 76, entered into rest on September 17th, 2011 in Manteca. He was born on February 25th, 1935 in Chautaugua, Kansas.
Delbert leaves behind his beloved wife, Alice Mary McKenzie of Manteca. His children, Sheree Richter and husband Larry of Manteca, Delbert Dean and wife Jill and Dyanna Salazar. He was blessed with four grandchildren; Joshua Richter, Jourdan Richter, Chris Poulopoulos and Emmeline Phillips. Delbert is the brother to Bob Coe of OK, Faye Wilson of KS, Sue Miller of OK and Wauneta Kilgore of OK.
Delbert was a resident of Manteca since 1945. He attended Lindberg Elementary and Manteca High School. Delbert served his country proudly through the U.S. Navy serving in the Korean and Vietnam War. He was then discharged in 1957 after 18 months in Balboa Naval Hospital. Delbert went on to attend Molar Barber School in Sacramento. Delbert then became the proud owner of Del’s Barber Shop on Yosemite Ave. next to the old El Rey Theater. Delbert, being the persistent man that he was, achieved his high school diploma after years of being away from school at Delta JC College. Delbert then be-came employed with the Tracy Defense Depot. He retired in 1990, which gave him time to do what he loved best, restoring old cars, golfing and camping. Delbert was also an avid fisherman always bringing in a good catch. He was a most wonderful grandfather. His grandchildren where the apple of his eye as he would never miss out on any of their sporting events, always cheering them on to victory. He was the best father to his children and a devoted husband to his loving wife Alice. He will be remembered for the excellent service he gave our country and for always being a true and honest man. He will be missed dearly.
Arrangements for Mr. McKenzie are under the direction of P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home, 290 North Union Road, Manteca. A Mass/ Rosary will be held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 19399 E. Hwy 120, Ripon, CA on Friday, September 23, 2011 at 2:00 pm. For condolences to the family please visit our website at www.plfryandson.com. (search obituaries) In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Foundation, 510 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; St. Vincent De Paul Society, 525 E. North St., Manteca 95337, or the Alzheimer’s Foundation of Northern California, 105 S. Washington St., Lodi, CA 95240.
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Wednesday, September 21, 2011