Delbert William Schmitz, 72, of La Porte City, Iowa passed away on May 24, 2015 peacefully in his sleep after a tough battle with cancer.

Delbert was born in La Porte City on September 16, 1942, the son of John W. and Nelle O. (Yarrow) Schmitz. He was one of 8 children, 6 boys and 2 girls. He spent much of his youth on Wolf Creek with his brothers and sisters.

He graduated from La Porte City High School where he was well respected and admired for his athletic talents in football, basketball, track, and baseball. He was Captain of the football team, class Treasurer, and Student Council President. Delbert went on to become Plant Manager of Supersweet Feeds, Monmouth, IL and then International Multifoods, LeMars, IA.

Delbert married Velma Ann Byers on September 12, 1962 and they raised one daughter Lorie Ann Mannon. Del was an avid fisherman and really enjoyed the outdoors. He especially loved the numerous fishing trips he took with his brothers. He also enjoyed golfing along with spending time with his family and friends. He had a passion for making people laugh and telling stories. His faith was very important to him as he was a devoted Catholic.

He was preceded in death by his parents as well as his sister Rozella Close.

Survivors include his daughter, Lorie (David) Mannon of Gilbert, AZ , his grandchildren: Jason (Shawna) Mannon of Erie, CO; Adam (Stephanie) Mannon of Chandler, AZ; and Ashley Ann Mannon of Gilbert, AZ; along with 5 great grandchildren: Faith, Carter, Piper, Isabella, and Beau Mannon. He is also survived by his sister, Marilyn (Dan) Dunkelberger; brothers; Dick (Melva) Schmitz, Ron (Linda) Schmitz, Dan (Pam) Schmitz, Larry (Kris) Schmitz, and Joe Schmitz; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held at 10 AM on June 13, 2015 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in La Porte City. Burial to follow the funeral at Westview Cemetery. Thereafter, luncheon will be served at the church.

Memorials may be directed to the family.