Samuel Edward Delvo, 83 years old, Bismarck, ND, passed away at home on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, of natural causes. There will be a memorial service for Sam at the Bismarck Funeral Home on Wednesday, March 20th at 11:00 a.m. Additionally, an outdoor Celebration of Life will be held later this spring on Sam’s farmland near McClusky, ND. Interment will be in the McClusky City Cemetery before the Celebration of Life.
Sam was born October 27, 1935, in Langdon, ND to Walter (Red) and Elizabeth (Lorenz) Delvo. He graduated from St. Alphonsus High School and later attended North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota, graduating in 1964 with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science. Sam’s passion for people, animals, and the rural landscape of North Dakota led him to a career working with the FHA for North Dakota before retiring in 1999.
In 1954, Sam married Marlene Gellner, and together they had four children, divorcing in 1970. On June 9, 1974, Sam married Barbara Tkach. They too had four children and celebrated 35 years of marriage in June of 2009.
An avid outdoorsman, Sam loved hunting wild game with his family every year and the occasional elk hunt in Wyoming. One could usually find Sam spending time outdoors in the garden behind his home, in the yard at the family cabin near Lake Sakakawea, or in the electrical department at Menards where he worked part-time. He loved working there as a way to stay busy and keep in touch with the countless farmers and friends he’s made over the years living and working in North Dakota.
Sam is survived by his brother, Jack Delvo; three sons, Douglas, Michael, and Patrick; five daughters, Jacklyn, Stephanie, Kristy, Dawn and Jessica; fifteen grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and his mother-in-law, Mabel Tkach.
He was preceded in death by his wife Barb Delvo; father and mother, Walter and Elizabeth Delvo; his brother Jim Delvo; and sister Gaylia Krebsbach.