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Delpha DeKoekkoek - March 17, 2011

Delpha DeKoekkoek, 77, longtime Ogallala, Neb. resident, died Thursday, March 17, 2011 in Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte, Neb.
Delpha was born Nov. 19, 1933 on the family farm south of Madrid, Neb. She was the daughter of Gustave E. and Elma Wiebe Friesen. She attended Madrid Public Schools in Madrid, Neb. and graduated from high school with the class of 1952. She then worked briefly at Goodall Electric and later was employed as a telephone operator. She took several accredited classes through Mid-Plains Community College during her later years.
On Feb. 16, 1959 Delpha married Veldon “Slim” Fuller and the couple raised three daughters. She had part-time employment as a cook at Educational Service Unit 16. Later, Delpha and Slim managed the new Ogallala Housing Project. After Slim’s death Delpha worked for a photo studio touching up photos.
She was employed as a hostess at Union 76 restaurant where she met Charles J. DeKoekkoek. Delpha and Charles were married May 25, 1984. They had many adventures together as Chuck was an over the road truck driver. Through their travels they had the pleasure of seeing many beautiful places.
Delpha was a member of the Berean Church, now the New Hope Church. She was baptized along with her entire family in 1976. She had a living faith in the Jesus who saves and happily served Him by loving her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Delpha helped with Awana and other children’s ministries. Delpha also enjoyed helping her grandchildren with all the sports activities, often helping with practices. Her hobbies included entering her art work, canning, and flowers at the Keith County Fair. Delpha was a member of the Keith County Art Club and the Ogallala Garden Club.
Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband Slim Fuller, and her brother Lowell and his wife Carol Friesen.
Survivors include her husband Chuck DeKoekkoek of Ogallala, her three daughters Deborah Holmes of Ogallala, Kathleen and her husband Danny Hammond of Bliss, Idaho, and Elizabeth Fuller of Twin Falls, Idaho; one brother James and his wife Janet Friesen of Lakewood, Colo.; five grandchildren: Jarad Muntz, Jade Muntz, Sarah and Ruth Holmes, and Kara Fuller; and two great-grandchildren.
The funeral service was held March 21, at the New Hope Worship Center in Ogallala with Revs. Eric Wait and Mark Carlton officiating.
Interment was in the Ogallala Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to KJLT Radio in North Platte and Radio Bible Class Ministries.
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Draucker Funeral Home of Ogallala was in charge of arrangements.