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Delmar Lee Surby

Delmar Lee Surby, 89, of Liberty, Missouri, formerly of Cabool, Missouri, went home to be with the Lord on April 29, 2011 with his family at his side.

He was born October 31, 1921 to George Henry Surby and Ethel Evelyn (Gray) Surby at Yukon, Missouri. He grew up in the Big Creek community.

Along with his parents, Delmar was preceded in death by two sisters, Edith Grogan Bowen and Maxine Surby Kruse.

He married Ruby Fern Grogan on April 20, 1946 and just recently celebrated their 65th anniversary. To this union two daughters, Sharon and Karon, were born.

Delmar became a Christian at an early age and was baptized into the Southern Baptist faith. He was ordained as a deacon by First Baptist Church at Cabool. In 2003, he and Ruby moved to Liberty to be near their girls. They found a church home and church family at Liberty Manor Baptist Church, where they became members.

Delmar loved to whistle as he worked. He and his girls were constant companions on their farm east of Cabool. They cut firewood for themselves and others, fixed fence, put up hay, and worked in the garden. He whittled while milking the cows. He made whistles out of hickory, which the girls loved. He enjoyed fishing, gigging for bullfrogs and coon hunting. Delmar was a hard worker but loved to have fun, too. He liked to tease and laugh, and enjoyed getting down on the floor to play with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Family was important to him.

Delmar was a veteran on World War II. He was a farmer, drove a school bus for Cabool Schools, and for many years delivered bulk feed for MFA, retiring in 1983. After he retired, he was able to do what he liked best – helping friends and neighbors in need.

Survivors include his wife, Ruby; daughters Sharon (Robert) Ocker and Karon Surby of Liberty; two grandchildren, Charity (P.J.) Hoegler of Platte City, Missouri, and Justin Ocker of Liberty; two great-grandchildren, Jaron and Kinsi Hoegler, Platte City; several nieces, nephews and a host of other family and friends.

Services were at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 3, 2011, at Liberty Manor Baptist Church with Joe Crossett officiating. Interment was in Glenridge Cemetery, Liberty.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Liberty Hospital Hospice. You may send a message to the family or sign an on-line guest book via Arrangements were by Park Lawn Northland Chapel.

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