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Delmar Zumwalt

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[September 28, 2010]  BLOOMINGTON -- Delmar B. Zumwalt, 89, of Westminster Village in Bloomington, formerly of New Holland and Lincoln, died Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010, at Martin Health Center in Bloomington.

His body was cremated.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Oct. 9 at Delavan Presbyterian Church. Visitation will be at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the service time.

Davis Mortuary in Delavan is handling arrangements.

In addition to operating farms in Logan, Tazewell and Mason counties, Mr. Zumwalt was farm manager for Scully Estates in Lincoln for 25 years. He would often be found with spade in hand, looking through a surveyor's transit, preserving Scully farms through proper tiling and drainage.

He was a World War II veteran.

Delmar and his twin brother, Dean, were born two miles north of Emden on Nov. 9, 1920. His parents were Ed and Clara Siuts Zumwalt. He married Martha Allen of Delavan on Aug. 17, 1943.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years; five children, Gene (and Amy) Zumwalt of Madison, Wis.; Ann (and Larry) Gerdes of Atlanta, Ga.; Connie Zumwalt (and Steve Moffitt) of Bloomington, Clark (and Mary) Zumwalt of Delavan and Jack (and Doreen) Zumwalt of Marion, Iowa; and 11 grandchildren, Lindsey and Leslie Gerdes, and Blane, Joel, Mac, Taylor, Dillon, Jacob, Eve, Tara and Axel Zumwalt.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Paul, Robert, Dean and Donald Zumwalt.

He graduated from Delavan High School in 1938 and from the University of Illinois in 1943. He was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and attended Reserve Officers' Training. He left for Officer Candidate School in Fort Sill, Okla., after he was married. He was commissioned a second lieutenant and earned his liaison pilot wings at Denton, Texas. He trained at Camp Van Dorn, Miss., before shipping out to the European Theater of Operations, where he flew reconnaissance missions directing artillery fire for the "Blood and Fire" 63rd Infantry Division. He finished his overseas duty serving in the Army of Occupation in Berlin, Germany.

He returned from the war in 1946 and began farming in Tazewell County. He moved to Logan County in 1951 and purchased a Scully lease near New Holland, where he and Martha raised their five children.

He was a member of the New Holland United Methodist Church.

Delmar was involved in the community as an active member of the New Holland American Legion and served on the New Holland Grade School board.

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He served on the board of the Logan County Soil Conservation District for 25 years. He was also on the board of the Logan County Park & Trails Foundation for many years and was proud to remain an honorary member.

During his retirement, Delmar volunteered for the Logan County Food Pantry, enjoyed playing cards with friends in New Holland and spent winters in Florida with his family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Logan County Park & Trails Foundation, P.O. Box 11, Lincoln, IL 62656; New Holland First United Methodist Church, 201 N. Mason St., New Holland, IL 62671; or Delavan Presbyterian Church, 201 West Fourth St., Delavan, IL 61734.

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