Delmer W. Gann

Tuesday, July 5, 2005

Delmer W. Gann, 80, of Kansas City, went to be with our Lord on Sunday, July 3, 2005, at Kindred Hospital in Kansas City.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, at Ridge Park Cemetery in Marshall with military rites. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Delmer was born on April 15, 1925, in Marshall, to Irvin and Ethelene Gann. He left high school during his sophomore year and enlisted in the Merchant Marines and U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He was a member of the Marines 1st Division, 11th Regiment Artillery and fought in the Pacific on Peleliu, Okinawa and in China. He was injured in battle and earned two Presidential Citations and a Purple Heart. He returned to Marshall, earned his GED and graduated from Missouri Valley College with a bachelor of arts degree. He married his wife of 54 years, Noreen Myers, in 1950 and had two daughters, Lisa and Lori. As an accomplished athlete in high school and college, Delmer went on to volunteer and coach with numerous youth groups including Pop Warner football, Boys Club basketball and Sacred Heart School basketball in Sedalia, his longtime home. He was a successful meat salesman for many years until his retirement when he and his wife Noreen traveled in their RV. Delmer and Noreen moved from Sedalia to Kansas City in 2002 to be near their children and grandchildren. Delmer was preceded in death by his parents, Irvin and Ethelene Gann; his brothers, Jimmy, Russell and Clyde Gann; baby sister, Donna Gann; sister-in-law, Lou Gann; as well as his niece, Sondra Traver.

Delmer is survived by his wife Noreen Gann of the home; two daughters, Lisa Gann of Kansas City and Lori Burns of Liberty; son-in-law, Jack Burns; his treasured granddaughters, Mary Rose and Stella; as well as sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

The above is a paid obituary.