Delmar Svihovec

Funeral services for Delmar Svihovec, 83, lifelong Hettinger resident, was held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 at the United Methodist Church in Hettinger with Pastor Paul Lint, officiating.


Funeral services for Delmar Svihovec, 83, lifelong Hettinger resident, was held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 at the United Methodist Church in Hettinger with Pastor Paul Lint, officiating. Burial will be in the Hettinger Cemetery with full military honors afforded by the Johnson-Melary American Legion Post #115 of Hettinger.

Visitation was at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 with a gathering of friends and family at 7:00 p.m. at the Centennial Chapel of the Evanson-Jensen Funeral Home in Hettinger.

It was a very cold January 10, 1932, when James Svihovec brought his wife Rena to Springer Hospital in Hettinger where Delmar Wayne Svihovec was born. He was their third child and joined his big sisters Lila and Fay on the farm northeast of Hettinger. Although the crash of the stock market made life a struggle at times, Delmar remembered his first six years of life on the farm as happy times that including the addition of two more sisters Wava and Betty. After the death of his father, Delmar and his family moved to town where he earned “walk-around” cash for candy by delivering medicine to Springer Hospital. At eleven, he got a job at the local creamery where he worked his way up from washing cream cans to wrapping butter from 4:00 AM until school started. Delmar traveled the traditional road of elementary, junior high, and high school in Hettinger and freely admitted he “really didn’t care much for school.” Because he wanted to play football and basketball, he stuck to school and graduated from Hettinger in 1950. In the fall of 1954 Delmar was drafted into the army and after basics at Fort Leonardwood in Missouri, he was sent to Verdun, France where his usual mischievous self had him “accidentally” take a turn to Paris on his way back to his base. A disarming smile and innocent not knowing exactly where he was face kept him from the brink. He returned to Hettinger after his honorable discharge from the army in September, 1956. His intentions included a move to the west coast, but he didn’t make it that far. After a visit to his buddies at Austads, his previous place of employment, he found himself once again employed for the trucking company.

In January, 1958 he met the most beautiful woman with porcelain skin, blond hair, and amazing red lips. He thought she was the prettiest girl he ever saw and was hooked. Love-struck, Delmar turned on the charm and finally walked down the aisle wedded to Veronica Ellouise Maliske on May 1, 1958. Life was good for them, but big winds of change moved through Austads, and Delmar moved on. He went out on his own as a mechanic at Cecil Clark’s place. It was 1967, and times were tight for his family. One day Superintendent O. Gordon Reinke visited Delmar and asked him if he would like to teach school. Delmar laughed. Needless to say, that fall after two weeks of training in Wahpeton, Delmar ironically landed back in the place he “really didn’t care much for” and was ecstatic. He and his son James began school the same year. Delmar remained the Trade and Industry teacher at Hettinger High School until his retirement. His job was to provide young people with a skill in mechanics, and this he did well. Many of his students graduated from high school and completed college. He made a difference and was proud of his contribution. But Delmar was equally adamant that his own children get a college degree. All six of them did, and he was proud to count a teacher/counselor, medical technologist, Communications and Business Administrator, physician’s assistant, and two teachers as the degrees earned by his children.

In his later years, Delmar lived for moments with his family. His get-togethers usually included food (prime rib was his favorite treat at Christmas) and goofy stories that cannot be repeated here. He burst with pride as each child he touched grew and believed in kindness often doing random acts of kindness for those in need. He worked hard his entire life even in the summers supporting his family and working maintenance for the Hettinger Park Board, construction for Adams County, and construction for Claude Marion. In his free time, Delmar volunteered as the disaster emergency coordinator for Adams County, a firefighter, an EMT, and Cub Scout Master. He was known for his sausage and other smoked meats and spoiled family and friends with many tasty gifts. He never considered himself a master craftsman in woodworking, but ask anyone who has a piece of his work, and he or she will call it a piece of art. Delmar was a jokester with a quick reply and a one-liner that left many with a smile.

Sadly, Delmar passed away on January 16, 2015. He was at peace and surrounded by family. Delmar is survived by his wife Veronica and children Cyrisse (Les) Wietstock, Mandan; James (Linda) Svihovec, Watford City; Collette (Terry) Kraft, Mandan; Maureen Svihovec, Valley City; and Jolene (Dave) Erickson, Hettinger. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Chentel (Kayle) Dangerud; Nathan Svihovec; Tara Kraft; Michaela (Mike) Quast; Bethany and Kye Erickson; and three great-grandchildren Ella Dangerud, Jake Dangerud, and Emmett Mosbrucker. Also surviving Delmar are his sisters Lila Blandy; Wava (Bruce) Howe; and Betty Svihovec as well as many nieces and great-nieces; and nephews and great-nephews. Preceding Delmar in death were his parents, James F. and Rena Svihovec; his sister Fay Scmaltz; two brother-in-laws Larry Blandy and Chris Scmaltz; his son Duane Svihovec; granddaughter Amy Svihovec; and father-in-law and mother-in-law.

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