Delbert Daulton Pence, 88, of Wenatchee, WA, went to be with the Lord, Jesus Christ, on January 31, 2011. He was born in Sapulpa, OK on December 29, 1922. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1943 through 1945, and was "first wave" Okinawa. Prior to the War, Del married Jesse Fern Stufflebeam on February 7, 1943, and created a loving union that lasted nearly 68 years. Del and his wife, Fern, relocated from Okanogan to Wenatchee in 1953, where he began a 31 year career at Alcoa. He retired in 1986, after serving for over 20 years as a Department Supervisor. Del was a skilled mechanic and collected cars, both big and small. He was no stranger to the open road and his Harley-Davidson was one of his most prized possessions. He was also a pilot and flew back and forth between Oklahoma and Washington on many occasions during the early part of his life. Del was a quiet and humble person who took pride in a job well done. He was strong in character, quick to help his friends, and kept his word at any cost. He focused on his family and imparted the value of honesty with them. Del always made sure his actions spoke louder than his words. Del was a member of Wenatchee First Assembly of God.
He is survived by his wife, Fern; his son, Dalton Lee (Carolyn) Pence; his daughter, Barbara J. Smith; two grandsons, Wyatt and Troy (Barbara's children); two granddaughters, Melanie and Kathryn (Lee's children); and five great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held Monday, February 7, 2011, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Telford's Chapel of the Valley. Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, February 8, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Concluding Services and Interment will follow at Wenatchee City Cemetery with military honors. Arrangements are by Telford's Chapel of the Valley, East Wenatchee.