Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Obituary: Delbert Roy Sallee

Delbert Roy Sallee

Delbert "Del" Roy Sallee, 86, of rural Weir, Kansas, formerly of Baldwin City, Kansas went to meet his Lord on January 1, 2016. Del was born November 9, 1929 in Independence, Missouri the son of Earl and Velma Sallee.
After high school he enlisted in the United States Navy, serving proudly. He went to Electrician school and learned his life trade. During his Navy Career he served on several ships and saw several places; Pearl Harbor, the Philippine Islands China, Japan, including Nagasaki 4 years after the 'A' bomb was dropped. He also served during the Korea War dropping off and picking up troops from the Korean coast. He was lucky to have served a part of his Navy Career with his brother Wayne.
After he got out of the service he went to work for Hallmark Cards, working in both the Kansas City and Lawrence plants where he retired after 39 years.
He married Lillian Averill Surbaugh in 1952, to this marriage were born five children. His parents, wife Lillian and daughter Denise preceded him in death. He married Bonita Burns Robertson in 1992 she survives of the home.
Other survivors are daughters Deborah Walters, husband Ronald of Garden City Kansas, and children Shawn, Ronald Jr. and Jerome; Sheree Mills, husband Robert of Baldwin City Kansas, and children Chris and Mary; Tamra Nelson, husband Mark of San Antonio Texas, and children Heather, Justin and Brandon; Son Rickey Sallee, wife Mary of Garnett Kansas, and children Elizabeth and Melissa along with all their families. Stepdaughters, Brenda Robertson of Decatur Georgia, Terryl Ashburn of Longmont Colorado, children Megan and LaNora and Tim their father, Sheryl Willis, husband Rex of Eureka Springs Arkansas and children Acacia and Cedar; several great grandchildren, sisters, Sylvia Honeyball, Violet Sands and Kathryn Short, and brothers, Wayne and Ronald Sallee.
He was a very active member of the Community of Christ Church as a deacon, where he spent his life touching many lives with his ministry.
A Celebration of Life will be held on January 9, 2016, 10:00 am at Community of Christ Church, 1900 University Drive, Lawrence, Kansas 66044.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Community of Christ, Lawrence and can be sent to the above address, or to a charity of donor's choice.

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