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Delano Roosevelt Thorpe

Delano Roosevelt Thorpe, 87 years, 8 months, and 25 days old, passed away on, May 31, 2021 at his home in Ava, Missouri with his daughter by his side.

Delano was born September 6, 1933 in Moline, Illinois to Lyman Lester and Nellie Victoria (Pasdach) Thorpe. 

Delano and Donna Joanne Wiese were united in marriage on June 15, 1957 in Wurzburg, Germany to this union three children were born, Tamera, William, and Mary.

Delano was a Vietnam veteran and received a Bronze Star, Republic of Vietnam Second Class Armed Forces Honor Metal, and Air Force Accommodation Medal. He retired from the Air Force after serving for more than 20 years.

Delano was a Christian and loved the Lord.  He faithfully attended various Southern Baptist Churches throughout his lifetime.  He graduated from the Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary with a degree in Christian Education.

He moved to Missouri in 2017 to be with his daughter, Mary and family.

Delano enjoyed fishing, cooking, camping, and spending time outdoors.  He also enjoyed wood working, music, and his beloved dachshund dogs.

Delano was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Michael Thorpe, four brothers, Robert, Jack, Chuck, and Gilbert, and two sisters, June and Pearl. 

Delano is survived by three children and their spouses, Mary and husband, Steven Seewald, Tamara and husband, James Burliegh, and Del William Thorpe, seven grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends. 

A memorial service will be held at a later date and time.  Interment will be in the Missouri Veteran’s Cemetery in Springfield, Missouri with full military honors at a later date and time.  Memorials may be made to the Troy Herd American Legion Post 112.  Online condolences may be made to