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Delbert Wester
November 19, 1929-March 25, 2019
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 Delbert Wester, 89, passed away peacefully on March 25, 2019 in Manteca, CA. He was born on November 19, 1929 in Reynolds, North Dakota. 

Delbert was 89 years old. He is preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Pearl Wester and his cousin Vernon Hodson. Delbert is survived by his cousin Vergie Hodson of West De Moines, IA.

Delbert moved from North Dakota to Manteca in the 1940’s. He was very active at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church where he was an usher during Saturday evening mass. He was a member of the YMI and a Docent at the Manteca Museum. He enjoyed being a part of the 4th of July parades where he was known as the “Flag Man” on his John Deere tractor which was covered with American flags. Delbert was one of the first volunteers to help with the Flags Over Manteca project.     He was extremely proud to be an associate member of the US Army Warrant Officers Association and the SCSMS Alumni Group with his second family, Rocky and Lou Wilson.

Delbert loved to travel and visit his cousin Vergie Hodson in Iowa. For the past 10 years, Delbert was a resident of Brookdale Senior Living where he was an ambassador and loved to welcome new residents to the facility. Delbert will be remembered for his kind demeanor and sweet smile.

P.L. Fry & Son is honored to be serving Delbert’s family. Visitation will be on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. followed by a rosary/vigil at 6:00 pm held at P.L. Fry & Son Chapel, 290 N. Union Rd., Manteca, CA. A Mass will be on Thursday April 4, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 525 E. North St., Manteca, CA.

He will be laid to rest with his parents at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Manteca Historical Society, 600 W. Yosemite Ave., Manteca, CA. For condolences to the family please visiting his online tribute page at

Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Friday, March 29, 2019