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Del Zwicky

Date of Death: November 17, 2004

Funeral services for Del Zwicky, 79, of Jefferson, will be 2:00pm Monday at First United Methodist Church in Jefferson. Interment will be at Highland Township Cemetery at Churdan.

Friends may call at Slininger-Rossow Funeral home in Jefferson between 9am – 9pm Sunday. The family will be present to greet friends from 6:00 – 8:30pm Sunday.

Memorials are suggested to Greene County Medical Center.


Delvin (Del) Lloyd Zwicky was born August 10, 1925, in Greene County, Jefferson, IA. He was the oldest son of Harry and Daisy Millard Zwicky.

Del grew up 8 ½ miles north of Jefferson on Hwy 17, presently Hwy 4. As a young man he helped out on the family farm. In the winter time he loved to hunt and trap the nearby countryside. He attended Dawson #9, a one room Country School, through the eighth grade. Del proceeded on to high school in Jefferson, graduating with the Class of 1942.

Del married Lucille Winkelman on June 9, 1946 at the Churdan Methodist Church. They were the parents of 3 children, Becky, Mel, and Candy.

Del & Lucille’s brother, Ralph Winkelman, opened Z&W Electric Store in 1948 on the square in Jefferson. Del dissolved that partnership and opened Del’s Farm Service in 1953 on the family farm. He specialized in wiring, plumbing, tiling, and pump service.

The summer months while the children were young, the family raised squash, melons, and pumpkins. The family produce was sold at a stand on their farm.

Later on, Del and Virgil Averill started A to Z Construction and fertilizer business. They custom spread liquid and dry fertilizer for the West Central Coop. Del and Virgil also constructed Behlen grain bins around the state of Iowa.

Del and Lucille owned Del’s Drive Inn on Hwy 30 in 1971. Later, they both became successful real estate brokers and salespersons, for Miller Eggimann Real Estate, which later became Marso Peckumn Real Estate & Farm Management.

In 1987, Ron Zwicky became a partner with Del in the fertilizer business. Later in 1989, Del sold his portion of the partnership to Doug Walker. Now being officially retired (if you know him, you know that is not really true), Del and Lucille spent the winters traveling to Texas and Arizona. Retirement involved fishing, gardening, flea marketing, auctions, playing poker and cards, metal detecting, and collecting many things. No one could possibly list all his interests and talents, as he had so many.

Del loved the outdoors and had quite the green thumb; always making sure he had the best and the biggest! He was most generous with the fruits of his labors. Everyone will miss his willingness to share his wealth of knowledge.

Lucille passed away November 19, 1999 aboard a cruise ship in Panama. He later married Iva Johnson on April 26, 2003, at the Gospel Open Bible Church in Jefferson.

Del died November 17, 2004, while wintering in Grove, OK.

Preceding him in death were his parents, sister Goldina Gill, and brother John Zwicky.

Survivors include his wife Iva, 3 children Becky Hunt of Santa Cruz, CA; Mel and wife, Margaret of Seattle, WA, and Candy Hoyle and husband, Terry of Jefferson. 3 Grandchildren Amber Richardson of Asheville, NC, Thad Rich and wife, Jen of Lake Elma, MN, and Tate Rich of Fullerton, CA. 2 great granddaughters Marley and Avree Rich of Lake Elmo, MN. Several step-children, step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren. Many other friends and relatives.


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