Richard Allen Delp
March 9, 1936-Nov. 19, 2012
PLYMOUTH — Richard Allen Delp, 76, a lifetime resident of Marshall County, died of natural causes in association with a long battle with Parkinson, at Pilgrim Manor Nursing Home in Plymouth at 11:58 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, 2012.
Richard (Dick) was a birthday present to his mother born March 9, 1936 to Raymond (Heinie) and Laura (Yarian) Delp in Plymouth.
Dick grew up in the town of Bourbon where he graduated with the class of 1954.
May 29, 1954, in the family’s country home, Dick and Karen Ann Apple were married. They first lived in Lafayette where Dick attended Purdue University. Later they moved backed to Bourbon where they founded Delp Electric, Inc. in 1956. In 1964, Dick and Karen moved their family and their business to Plymouth.
Dick was a member of National Electrical Contracting Association (NECA) and held licenses in Indiana, Michigan and West Virginia. His entrepreneurial spirit was a key component to the success of Delp Electric, Inc. and integral for laying the foundation for Michiana Contracting, Inc. — a business that today employs many family members and friends.
As a couple, Dick and Karen loved to travel. Dick especially enjoyed the Southwest and Rocky Mountains camping with family or hunting with friends. He loved most spending time with family not only during holidays and birthdays but taking trips together. Dick and Karen went on many annual summer vacations with their kids and many times other family members and friends. Their vacations usually involved camping-first in tents, then in campers and later traveling in their motorhome. All of their children and grandchildren have many special memories of trips they were part of. Dick and Karen not only were lucky to visit every state in the United States, several many times, but also Canada and Mexico. They enjoyed many trips abroad as well to Italy, Switzerland, England, Brazil, Bolivia, Australia, New Zealand & China. Dick also participated in several mission trips to El Sembrador in Honduras.
Dick was a proud member of Rotary International both locally and in the district. He was a a Paul Harris Fellow and enjoyed attending international Rotary Conventions in France, Scotland, Germany, Korea and Canada. In 1996, Dick led a month long G.S.E. Rotary team to Japan for business and education professionals.
Dick is survived by his wife Karen, son Michael (Judy) Delp; son-in-law Don Wendel; daughter Deborah (Mark) Gidley, son David (Pam) Delp all of Plymouth; two “international” sons Marcelo Suvelza of South Bend and Ricardo Bonganhi of Brazil. Dick is also survived by nine grandchildren: Michael (Heather) Delp, Plymouth, Valerie (Joe) Medema, Schoolcraft, Mich., Erica (Jay) Sefton, Fort Wayne, Matthew (Lisa) Gidley, Clovis, N.M., Adam Delp, Florissant, Colo., Laura (Zach) Scott, Plymouth, Shannon Gidley, Plymouth, Stacey (Jordan) Adams, Napannee, and Anthony Delp, Corydon. Dick is survived by 13 great-grandchildren: Taylor and Trey Delp, Brooke and Allyson Medema, Gage, Bryce, Drake and Ciera Sefton, Madeline Gidley, Grady and Maisy Scott, Branson and Emersyn Gidley-Adkins and two more great-grandchildren on the way.
Dick is also survived by two sisters: Sandra (Garry) Lozier and Shirley Ball, both of Scottsdale, Ariz. as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Dick was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Michele Delp Wendel, his granddaughter Krista Kay Delp
The family requests memorial contributions to: The Parkinson’s Association in his memory.
The family will receive friends Saturday, Nov. 24 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Deaton-Clemens Funeral Home 115 S. Main St. Bourbon.
Funeral services will be Sunday at 1:30 p.m. in the Deaton-Clemens Funeral Home with Dr. Roger Thornton officiating.
Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery at Bourbon.
Deaton-Clemens Funeral Home is caring for the arrangements. Condolences may be left at deatonclemensfh.com.