In memoriam of John and Myrna Delsman

John T. Delsman died peacefully and was born to eternal life on June 20, 2014, in Peoria, Arizona, at the age of 93. He was an honored World War II veteran, serving three years and seven months in the European Theater of the war. He was a selfless loving father and husband to Myrna for 68 years.

Myrna L. Delsman (Lapp) died peacefully and was born to eternal life on November 23, 2016, in Peoria, Arizona, at the age of 89. She was a dedicated and devout mother of six children and spouse of John for 68 years.

John and Myrna are survived by their children Cheri Mihlbauer, David Delsman, Dr. Mark Delsman, John K. Delsman and Philip Delsman. They are further survived by six grandchildren Shannon (Ian) Fox, Darin Mihlbauer, and Mona, Marissa, Calli Jo and Jaime Delsman, and great-grandchildren Ryan and Nicholas Fox and Jaxon Mihlbauer. They are further survived by Myrna’s brothers Eugene and Dennis Lapp, sister inlaws Kitty Lou, Rita, Shirley and Donna Lapp; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

John was born on July 23, 1920, in Manitowoc, to Bernard and Elsie Delsman of Hartland. He graduated from Arrowhead High School in 1938. He married Myrna Leona Lapp on June 1, 1946, upon his return from Europe and WWII. John worked for his father and with brothers Earl, Jerome, and Charles (Bud) on the Delsman Mink Ranch and Dairy delivery to the Lake Country area surrounding Hartland. Later he worked as a supervisor of the packaging department at Stark Candy Co. in Pewaukee. John retired from the Godfrey Co. in Waukesha in 1985. Myrna was born on August 4, 1926, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Clarence and Effie Lapp of Des Moines. She graduated from Waukesha High School in 1944. She married John on June 1, 1946. Myrna was a professional secretary for John Godfrey and later retired after 28 years with the Wisconsin DOT. Myrna was selfless, wore many hats and was the glue that kept the family running smoothly and efficiently.

After retirement, John and Myrna traveled the United States in a custom-built 5th wheel mobile home realizing their dream of true freedom and togetherness. They developed many personal friendships and had the time of their lives during those years. They then settled in Sun City West, Arizona, to relax, golf and enjoy the sunshine and relaxed environment. Over a period of 25 years John and Myrna welcomed any and all to enjoy the Arizona sunshine and their home with them.

A memorial service and ash burial is scheduled for June 3 at Prairie Home Cemetery, located at 605 S. Prairie Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186, at 11 a.m., with a reception at Albanese’s Roadhouse, 2301 W. Bluemound Road, Waukesha, to follow. All friends and family are welcome to attend and celebrate John and Myrna’s life.