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5/3/2014 Email this articlePrint this article 
Delmar M. Adkins
Delmar M. Adkins, 91, of DeWitt and formerly of Grinnell, died May 3, 2014, at the home of his daughter, Gayle Powell in DeWitt.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 8, at Grinnell United Methodist Church with the Rev. John Keck, Assembly of God, Industry, Ill., officiating. Pallbearers will be Gene, Lee and Travis Adkins and Jim, Eric and Ryan Powell. Burial will be in Hazelwood Cemetery in Grinnell.

Visitation will be noon-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, at Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell, with the family present 6-8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Clinton County Hospice or Grinnell United Methodist Church.

Delmar was born May 25, 1922, on the family farm near Grinnell, the son of George Benjamin and Mary Grace McIlrath Adkins. He was a 1939 graduate of Grinnell High School. Following his education, he was employed with United Grocery Store and Schlue Clothing Store. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II, serving with the 4530th Army Air Forces Base Unit as a radio/radar repairman airborne.

On March 4, 1944, he was united in marriage to Ruth B. Breniman at Fort Monmouth, N.J. After his discharge from the service in 1946, the couple returned to Iowa, where they began farming near Grinnell. In 1960, they purchased Paradise Farm near Brooklyn and farmed there until their retirement in 1987. They moved to Grinnell in 1995.

Delmar was a member of Grinnell United Methodist Church, Brooklyn United Methodist Church serving as a lay leader, American Legion Francis Gallagher Post in Brooklyn, Masonic Herman Lodge #273 AF & AM, Poweshiek County Farm Bureau, Warren Township clerk, Iowa Rural Water Association and Poweshiek County Water Board. He was a volunteer with Grinnell Regional Hospice and 2nd Mile.

Survivors include three children, Gene (Ann) Adkins of Brooklyn, Lee Adkins of Brooklyn and Gayle (Jim) Powell of DeWitt; one sister, Harriet Wright of Rochester, Minn.; eight grandchildren, Kristin Adkins, Aaron (Vanessa) Adkins, Travis (Paige) Adkins, Shelly Munden, Scott Powell, Laura Powell, Eric Powell and Ryan (Caitlin) Powell; and 10 great-grandchildren, Andres Adkins, Diego Adkins, Tyler Schuttleworth, Conner Adkins, Tucker Adkins, Sarah Munden, Samantha Munden, Haleigh Johnson, Xavier Johnson and Taylor McDaniel.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Ruth, in 2010.

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