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James Richard Delger

Memorial services for James R. Delger, age 81, of Albert Lea, will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home.  Father Russell Scepaniak will officiate. Friends may greet the family one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Wednesday. Online condolences are welcome at www.bayviewfuneral.com.

Jim died Thursday, March 16, 2017, at his home following a courageous battle with cancer surrounded by his loving family.

James Richard Delger was born on November 20, 1935 in Kanawha, Iowa, the son of Jacob and Grace (Terhaek) Delger.  Jim married Sharon Lang in 1956 and had two children, Randy and Roxie.  The couple later divorced.  On November 9, 1985, Jim married Gwendolyn Rayman at St. Theodore Catholic Church in Albert Lea immediately forming a large family with Gwen’s six children and Jim’s two children.  Jim worked for 33 years at Wilson’s.  Following his retirement, he worked at Good Samaritan Center and McDonald’s in maintenance. Jim enjoyed fishing, gardening, working in the yard, and working on his boat. He loved spending time with family and friends, barbeques, watching Wheel of Fortune and the Minnesota Twins with Gwen, and taking trips to Diamond Jo’s Casino.

Jim is survived by his wife of 31 years, Gwen; children, Cheryl (Paul) Skatter of Albert Lea, Susan (Mickey) Myers of Big Fork, MN, Cindy (Bob) Solomonson of Mesa, AZ, Sara (Greg) Higgins of Owatonna, MN, David (Rio) Rayman of Tempe, AZ, Amy (Mohammad) Belal of Rochester, MN, Randy Delger of Freeborn, MN, and Roxie (Steve) Poliak of River Falls, WI; 23 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren; brothers, Anno (Donna) Delger of Glenville, MN and Kermit Delger of Albert Lea; sister, Jenny Hove of Albert Lea; and many nieces and nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; daughter-in-law, Nancy Delger; and grandson, Micah Myers.

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Gwen, we are sorry to hear of Jim's passing.  We pray that God will heal your heart and that you will find comfort in the many good memories.

Ellis and Evelyn Dugger Mar 24 2017 12:00 AM

Dear Gwen and Family

We are sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with all of you during this time of sadness.  Jim will truly be missed in our neighborhood.

Maurie and Deb

Maurie and Deb Monson Mar 22 2017 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all---God Bless!!!

Deb Engelby Mar 21 2017 12:00 AM

Our prayers and condolences to Jim's family at this difficult time. We have so many wonderful memories of Jim over the many years he was our brother-in-law. Family gatherings, Monday night Football, weekly games of shooting pool & so many other great times. May the sweet memories he created in our minds and the grace of God be a comfort to us all, now and forever.

Neil & Barbara Lang

Neil & Barb Lang Mar 21 2017 12:00 AM

Our family is sending healing prayers and comforting hugs to your family.  
We have many happy memories of our friend Jim.  When our children were growing up, Jimbo was his name! Over the years we camped and took many trips together.  Gary and Jim grew up together in Iowa and remained friends forever. Our heart felt sympathy to all. Gary and Harriet, Michael, Jon & Lori

Gary and Harriet Volding Mar 20 2017 12:00 AM

gwen: so sorry to here about jims passing. he will be missed. I was shocked. you have my deppest syspathy love and take care' kentster fischer

kentster fischer Mar 19 2017 12:00 AM

Gwen and family,
My sympathy to all of you. I am so sorry to hear of Jim's passing.                                       May the Lord be with you and give you strength at this time of sadness.                           God's blessing to you,

Marilyn Goslee-Jurrens Mar 18 2017 12:00 AM

Gwen and family,
So sorry to hear of your loss.  Jim was a good friend.  What I will remember most, was his ear to ear smile whenever we would meet.  Weep briefly for Jim for his eyes have seen God. Gods blessings to everyone.  Love and Hugs.

John and Susan Engen Mar 18 2017 12:00 AM

Dear Gwen and Family,

So sorry to hear of Jim's passing.  Please know we have you in our thoughts and prayers.

Dave and Theresa Thorland

Dave and Theresa Thorland Mar 18 2017 12:00 AM

Dear Gwen and family.  I was so saddened to hear of Jim's death.  Please know my heart goes out to all of you as I know how much he was loved. I have many wonderful memories of time with you and your family.  Especially of the rummage sales we went to with Jim and Gwen.  You have my deepest sympathy and empathy.  I will miss him too.


Shirley (Rayman) Schallenkamp Mar 17 2017 12:00 AM