Delmar Douma

Delmar Douma, age 93, of Willmar and formerly Lake Lillian, died on Tuesday, April 9, 2024 at Cura of Willmar formerly Rice Care Center surrounded by family. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, April 23rd at 11:00 a.m. at First Reformed Church in Willmar with Pastor Rob Ford officiating. Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to the service. Military rites will follow the service. A private family burial will be at a later date in Tromso Cemetery, rural Lake Lillian. Arrangements are with K-M Funeral Home of Lake Lillian.

Delmar James Douma was born November 3, 1930 in Roseland, MN, to George and Lucy (Van Den Einde) Douma. Del grew up on the family farm in Roseland. He attended Willmar High School and attended Morris Agricultural School for one year. He served his country in the United States Air Force from 1950-1954. He then worked at Home Gas Co. in Willmar delivering propane and repairing appliances. Delmar was united in marriage to Ruby Spencer on September 13, 1958. They moved to Cannon Falls and managed a new branch of Home Gas. In 1966 they moved to Franklin and opened up and managed a Cropmate Fertilizer Plant, a division of Standard Oil. In 1975, they moved to Grey Eagle where he was in partnership with a brother-in-law operating an Our Own Hardware store. In 1986, Del and Ruby moved to downtown Minneapolis to manage Groveland Terrace, a large apartment building. In 1995 they settled in Lake Lillian. Del was also a groundskeeper at Bethesda Homes in Willmar for several years. Del had been a Board member K-M Funeral Home in Lake Lillian for many years and manager of it for over 15 years. Wherever he had lived he was very active in church and civic affairs. He had also been a Boy Scout leader in Cannon Falls and on volunteer fire departments in several communities. Del’s hobbies included woodworking, gardening, flowers, and traveling. He especially loved his grandchildren.  Del had a wonderfully enthusiastic personality and even Ruby commented “Everyone loves Del especially little kids, dogs, and old ladies!” It was often said wherever Ruby was; Del was too, as they were blessed to always be together.

Del is survived by his children: Donna (Dennis) Hanlon, Jeffrey Douma, Todd (Lisa) Douma, and Timm Douma; granddaughter, Danielle (Dan) Stroad; great-granddaughters: Dacia Douma-Remily and Kendalyn Schmidt; great-great grandson, Ezra Douma-Remily; great-great granddaughter, Ruby Douma-Remily; his sisters, Gladice and Marilyn; brother, Donald; Ruby’s family whom he thoroughly enjoyed;  and many nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.  Del was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ruby; brothers, Lewis and Clarence; and sisters, Caroline and Janet.

Blessed Be His Memory