Delbert Hendershot, 73, of Stewartville died unexpectedly at his home. Delbert was born in Pierre, S.D. June 1, 1944 to Glenn and Almina (Clement) Hendershot. They later moved to Rochester. He entered the Army at the age of 16, serving for 21 years. Delbert had two tours of duty in Viet Nam. Was stationed in Korea and in Manheim and Stuttgart, Germany, as well as Fort Hood. Delbert married Jacqueline Connaughty on October 19, 1963. Following his discharge from the Army in 1983 they returned home and purchased Hendershot Guest Home in downtown Rochester. In 1991 they purchased Bob's Trailer Park on Marion Road. They sold Hendershot Guest Home in 1999. Delbert and Jaqueline moved to Stewartville in 2016 and sold their trailer park in February 2017. He took pride in caring for his mother Almina many years until her recent death.
Delbert was a hard worker. He had a great love for his two 1957 Chevy's and enjoyed traveling to car shows, often winning top honors. His garage workshop was immaculate. He enjoyed making bird houses, flower planters, and other wood working projects in his shop.
Delbert is survived by his wife Jacqueline, one son John (Tanya) Hendershot. Two daughters Carla (Chad) Swiridow and their family Anthony, Olivia and Gracie and Brenda (Mark) Scott and their family Taylor and Lauren. Also by a brother, Lonney (Connie) Hendershot of Llano, TX. and many other family members. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Hoff Funeral Service in St. Charles, led by funeral celebrant Dianne Rislow. Friends may call from 3-6 p.m. Sunday and 10 - 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. A reception will follow before burial at Minnesota State Cemetery in Preston, with military graveside honors. Please share a memory of Delbert at his online guestbook and view his video tribute, when it becomes available at www.hofffuneral.com.
"A few years ago, Joy, Julie and myself traveled to Minnesota, where I had the pleasure of meeting Joy's Uncle, Delbert. On our first day, Delbert took me to his garage and showed me a true masterpiece and that was his '57 Chevy convertible. Delbert and I are true car guys and we hit it off right away. Delbert made me feel very welcome and treated me like family. I studied Delbert's car carefully and would encourage everyone to do the same. The car had Delbert's hands, heart and soul on every square inch of it. The car spoke volumes of who he was. That old '57 testified of a man full of passion, love, determination, leadership, grace and commitment. A true man and whom we should all live to be. Thank you, Delbert. You will be missed greatly and remembered.
"Julie and I would like to offer you and your family our deepest and most sincere condolences. May Delbert's soul rest in eternal peace. Always remember that those we love don't merely go away when they pass, they walk beside us every day - unseen and unheard - but always near. Cherish the memories of him and the times together and pause now and then to give a wink or two, as he is watching over all of you - while drinking coffee with Grandma and smiling.
Love Joy Hendershot & Julie Morales
"Thank you Dad for giving me a great childhood filled with travel around the world and exposure to different places and culture. You lived a full life but you have left us too soon, we will miss you. Rest in peace and we will always treasure the memories we made together. Brenda, Mark, Taylor, and Lauren"
I won the lottery (hehe) when God chose you to be my father. It was very rare to say I love you to eachother, but we didn't have to, it was just known. You have helped me become that person that I am today. I am going to miss the comments, the looks, everything. So many people loved you, more than you will ever know. I love you so very much! We have another amazing angel looking over us all"
"I couldn't have asked for a better father-in-law. Our hearts are breaking and the family will never be the same. Delbert will be missed greatly. Our family has another angel looking over us just as he did in life. We love you Delbert."
"Delbert will be mixed by everybody.he was a very kind man.we are sorry for you loss
"We are so sorry for our loss, Delbert was the best and have so many great memories with him and his wife Jackie. We will miss him dearly and will never forget. We love you Delbert and Jackie."
"Delbert, your life's journey has ended, we will miss you dearly.
We will cherish our memories of all of the good times we spent together. Rest in peace dear brother. Lonney and Connie"
"Delbert was a nice man and a very good friend of my father (cousins). He will be missed by many. So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Today and always, may loving memories bring you peace, comfort, and strength.
Angela (Baker) & Patrick Burrichter