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Delmar F. Strunk

Delmar F. Strunk was born on February 24, 1922 to Elmer and Alma (Simonsen) Strunk in rural Irene, South Dakota. He grew up in the Yankton, SD and Midway area. He was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. He attended Peterson rural school district #66 through the 8th grade. He then went on to attend Irene High School for 2 years before working fulltime on the family farm. For several years, Delmar worked as a farmhand in North Dakota and Iowa. In October 1942, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served with the Merrill’s Marauders. He lived through some of the toughest, hardest fought battles in the China, Burma, India (CBI) area. It was said that the Merrill’s Marauders were not expected to survive as a unit, therefore no resources were expended to prepare for their return. In September 1945, Delmar was honorably discharged and returned home. Seventy years later, he was officially named an army ranger.
On October 11, 1945, he was united in marriage to Velma Schuette. For a short time, they lived in Sioux City, Iowa while Delmar worked in a packing plant. In 1946, they started farming near Irene. In 1951, they moved to a farm west of Scotland. They moved into Scotland and passed the farm into their son Robert’s hands in 1990.
Besides farming, Delmar also remained busy in the community. He served on the Scotland Creamery Board for 22 years. He was a member of the United Church of Christ in Scotland and served in many offices throughout the years. For 15 years, he drove a school bus for the Scotland School district and also ran a de-tassle corn crew for Pioneer Seed Co. during the summer months for 8 years. He was also a life member of the Scotland V.F.W. Post #2966.
One of Delmar’s fondest memories was his honor flight to Washington, D.C. After 70 years, he was honored when he formally received his medals for his service in WWII. In 2015, Delmar co-authored and published a book with Randall DeWitt about his life and the time he spent in the army titled, “Jungle Stories: The Life of Delmar Strunk.”
Delmar passed away on Friday, June 28, 2019 at the Good Samaritan Society of Scotland having attained the age of 97 years.
He is survived and remembered by his wife Velma Strunk of Scotland, SD; son Robert (Patsy) Strunk of Scotland; daughter Sandra (Garold) Vollmer of Rapid City, SD; four grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant daughter, daughter-in-law Susan Strunk, 3 sisters, and 1 brother.
This obituary was written in loving memory by the family of Delmar Strunk.

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Hello, I really never got to Delmer Strunk but it was a honor doing a Food Shack to buy him a memorable brick in the newest edition of the WWII Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Jhett Kirsch Oct 22 2020 8:41 PM

I first met Delmar when I came back to visit my brother, Kirk McCormick, when he was the Police Chief in Scotland. I always made it a point to visit with Delmar and Velma in the Rec in the morning over coffee. I have read his book and bought two more for my sons. one who had been in the Air Force and the other who is currently in the Army and had him autograph them. His life was one of example. I have never met a more honest person. I am glad I got to meet him. Velma and Family, my wife, Candy, and I send our deepest sympathies on your loss.

Chris McCormick Jul 9 2019 10:38 PM

A life fully and well lived! Also thankful for the autographed copy of Delmar's book. I always enjoyed listening to Delmar telling about his WWII service and Merrill's Marulder's, even after several repeats! I remember Delmar, Velma, Robert and Sandra every since they moved to Scotland as we moved to Scotland in 1949 after purchasing Gran's Market and they were loyal customers forever. I will miss the "Good Morning Delmar, Good Morning Delmar" exchange at the REC when I am in Scotland. Condolences to Velma, Robert, Sandra and the extended Strunk-Schutte family. "Growing up with Dad" was a nice tribute.

Del and Cheri Gran Jul 8 2019 9:05 PM

To the family of Delmer. You have our deepest condolences at Delmer's passing. We really enjoyed his sense of humor and the stories he told about his life. I remember talking with him one day while we were waiting for more card players. He spoke of his war experiences, and I thought, "This guy ought to write a book". And he did! Delmer was a good friend and I'm sorry a doctor's appointment kept us from saying a final good-bye at the church. We will miss him, but we give thanks for the long life God gave him and for his saving faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Kenneth & Mariannne Peters Jul 8 2019 4:27 PM

Our families lived close by when growing up but I had no knowledge back then of Mr. Strunk's WWII background. It was about 10 years ago while having breakfast at one of the Scotland eating places that the conversation turned to Mr. Strunk's time in the S Pacific. I was floored to learn he had been a member of the famed Merrill's Mauraders. I have the book he signed and it is one of my treasures. We have lost a great man and another of the Greatest Generation. He certainly deserved the recognition he received the past few years. Mr. Strunk had a wonderful life and family. Thoughts and prayers to Mrs. Strunk, Bob, Sandra and their families.

Don Mach Jul 4 2019 12:06 AM

Delmar, it has been a pleasure to know you if only for a short time. I am privileged to have a part in your Memorial Service.

Pastor Jim and Esther Bartsch Jul 2 2019 10:03 PM

Delmar was such a special person to me. I always loved to visit him and Velma at their home and just listen to all of his stories of farming, being in WWII, and other wise nuggets of truth. It was such a joy knowing Delmar and serving him and his whole family for the past 7 1/2 years as their pastor. I want to share my love and prayers with his family and circle of friends at church and at morning coffee. While I cannot be there in person, know that I will be with all of you in spirit. Blessings in Christ Jesus.

Rev. Ron Shifley Jul 2 2019 5:11 AM

Well I don't know you was a family I've heard the names and know that Mr Strunk was a strong community member and the little town of Scotland and reading his obituary realized what a wonderful strong man he was. I appreciate what he did as a soldier as he fought for our country. I know that your family will be at a loss and miss him terribly. May God comfort you in your sorrow. Please accept my condolences

Julie Schneider Jul 2 2019 3:48 AM

So sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful man and always had smile on him.

Jeff Fuks Jul 1 2019 6:14 AM

Delmar was such a wonderful person. He was a fill in driver for our bus and then became our full time driver. He always had a kind smile and something nice to say. I will never forget him tell Val Bartlett and I we were his favorite Kaylor Girls. So many good memories were made riding the bus all those years. My deepest sympathies to his family and all that new this great man!

Becky (Kremer) Beeson Jul 1 2019 4:04 AM

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