Delroy Zingelmann was born the third child of Paul & Lillie (Albers) Zingelmann on October 26, 1926 at Waldeck, Texas. He was baptized at home on April 18, 1927 by Rev. H. Brunotte and confirmed on October 6, 1940 at the Waldeck Lutheran Church by Rev. H. Brunotte.
He grew up on the farm in Waldeck and attended school in Waldeck and later two years in Walahalla.
He was united in marriage to Irene Keilers on December 21, 1947 at St. John Lutheran Church in Warrenton by Rev. H.T. Flachmeir.
Delroy served in the U.S. Air Force during WWII having attained the rank of Private First Class. Delroy was known to have worked many jobs. He drove a gas truck for Humble in La Grange, was a service station attendant for Petzold Gulf in La Grange, an equipment operator and a dairy operator. Once he and Irene moved to Giddings, he worked for Juan Gonzales at his service station and was an equipment operator and night watchman for the city of Giddings. Delroy was also a sheriff’s deputy with the Lee County Sheriff’s Department for 17 years and served as the court baliff. Everyone knew and liked Delroy for his outspoken manner. He had many friends and as they would tell you, if he could help and had the time he would. He loved to dance, play skat, garden and tend his cattle which he did in his years following retirement.
He passed away Sunday, December 20, 2009 at St. Mark’s Medical Center in La Grange.
Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 23, 2009 at Martin Luther Lutheran Church with Rev. Edwin Schwanke officiating. Burial will follow in the Waldeck Cemetery in Waldeck, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, Herbert Little; his wife, Irene; two sisters, Viola Paradowski and Florrie Lea McKinney and a brother, Raymond Zingelmann.
Delroy is survived by his daughter, Carol Ann & Keith Burcalow of Fayetteville; his two sons, Roy & Paula Zingelmann of Salado and Randy & Melba Zingelmann of Carmine; six grandchildren, Brian & Kim Schaefer of Salado, Brandy Zingelmann of La Grange, Bridgette & J.P. Ingram of College Station, Neal & Merideth Zingelmann of Helotes, Heath & Leanne Zingelmann of Denton and Holly & Matt Thrasher of Salado; 15 great grandchildren; 2 great, great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Verlie Fay & Henry Nietenhoefer of Hondo as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Serving as pallbearers will be Charles Zingelmann, Brian Schaefer, Neal Zingelmann, Heath Zingelmann, J.P. Ingram, Matt Thrasher, Stuart Nietenhoefer and Alan Nietenhoefer.
Honorary pallbearers will be John Tofel, Clarence Pietsch Jr., Ken Yaklin and the Lee County Sheriff’s Department.
Memorials may be made to the Martin Luther Lutheran Church Capital Improvement Fund, Hospice Brazos Valley or the Lee County Cancer Resource Center.