Kenneth Edward Delf

December 24, 1920 ~ January 4, 2016 (age 95)


Kenneth E. Delf, 95, of Danville, IA and formerly of Florissant, MO, died Monday, January 4, 2016 at his residence.
A funeral service for Mr. Delf will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, January 8 at the Olds United Church of Christ, Olds, IA. The Reverend JudyAnn Morse, Pastor, First United Church of Christ, Burlington, IA and Pastor Carl Vass of the Olds United Church of Christ will officiate. A military flag presentation will be conducted at the church by Iowa Military Funeral Honors. Burial will be in the Byler Cemetery, Durham Township, rural Colusa, IL. Friends may call from 12 Noon to 9:00 PM on Thursday at the Kimzey Funeral Home, 213 North Main Street, Mount Pleasant. The family will be present to receive friends from 4-7 PM on Thursday.
Kenneth Edward Delf was born December 24, 1920 in St. Louis, MO. He was the son of John Phillip and Clara Katherine (Heimberger) Delf. On September 18, 1948 at the Salem Evangelical & Reformed Church in St. Louis, Kenneth was united in marriage to Audrey Marie Kleen.
Kenneth graduated in 1939 from Roosevelt High School in St. Louis. He worked at various jobs until he was called to serve his country in World War II. He entered the United States Army on April 20, 1943 from Jefferson Barracks, MO. He attended Signal Corps School at Ft. Monmouth, NJ. He served in the Asiatic Pacific Theatre as a Rigger in radio operations for Company C of the 1685 Engineer Battalion and Company C of the 1166th Engineer Battalion. He received Victory Ribbon, the American Theatre Ribbon, the Asiatic Pacific Theatre Ribbon and the Good Conduct Medal with 1 Overseas Bar. He was honorably discharged as a Sergeant on March 9, 1946 from Jefferson Barracks, MO.
After his service to his country, Kenneth entered Washington University in St. Louis on the GI Bill. He graduated from Washington with a Bachelor's degree in Business and Accounting. Kenneth accepted a position as an accountant with the General American Life Insurance Company in St. Louis. He remained with the company for 33 years until his retirement in the 1980's.
Kenneth and his wife lived in the same house in Florissant from 1959-2011 when they moved to an apartment. They moved to make their home in Danville with their daughter in 2013. Mr. Delf was a longtime member of the Church of the Master-United Church of Christ in Florissant. He served as an Elder, as the Sunday School Superintendent and briefly as the comptroller for the church. In his spare time, Kenneth enjoyed woodworking, creating everything from bed headboards to furniture to lawn ornaments. In his retirement, Kenneth was very active in Habitat for Humanity, an organization very dear to him.
Those thankful for sharing in Kenneth's life include his wife of 67 years, Audrey of Danville; a daughter and her husband, Elaine and Carl Vass of Danville; 4 grandchildren and their spouses - Jenny & Solomon Conrad of St. Peters, MO, Mindy & Bill Hoover of Laurel, IA, Kenneth & Stephanie Vass of Warsaw, IN, and Lorrie & Luke Page of Florissant, MO, and 3 great grandchildren - Grace & Isaac Conrad and Andy Vass.
His parents, a brother - Les Delf and a sister - Jeanette Strebler precede Kenneth in death.
Those considering an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Church of the Master United Church of Christ of Florissant, Mo. Online condolences may be directed to


JAN 7. 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CST)

Kimzey Funeral Home
213 North Main Street
Mount Pleasant, IA, 52641

Family Present to Greet Friends

JAN 7. 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM (CST)

Kimzey Funeral Home
213 North Main Street
Mount Pleasant, IA, 52641


JAN 8. 10:30 AM (CST)

Olds United Church of Christ
Olds, IA

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