NEW ULM - Delbert Brinkmann, 75, of New Ulm died Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 at the Luther Memorial Home in Madelia.
Funeral service will be 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27 at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm with Pastor Donald Sutton officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery in New Ulm with full military honors being conducted by the New Ulm Area Comrades of Valor Honor Guard.
Visitation will be 1-3 p.m. Friday at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm. The Minnesota Valley Funeral Home in New Ulm is in charge of arrangements. To leave an online condolence or to sign the guest book for his family go to: www.mvfh.org.
Delbert is survived by his daughters and son-in-law, Cynthia Sowers of Hanska, Lori and John Drummond of Bemidji; son, David Brinkmann of Bemidji; grandchildren, Jamie Sowers, Cody Brinkmann, Aaron Drummond, Jesse Drummond; great-granddaughter, Samantha Sowers; sisters and brothers-in-law, Muriel and Dale Lemke of Farmington, Louise and Bill Wehri of Dillon, Mont.; sisters-in-law, Glenda Brinkmann of New Ulm, Veora Zuhlke of St. James; and by several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Betty Brinkmann on Sept. 16, 1993; sister, Hildegard Kraus; brother, Albert Brinkmann; a brother in infancy; and by his half-brother and half-sister-in-law, Heinz and Monika Brinkmann.
Delbert Louis Brinkmann was born on Aug. 8, 1938 in New Ulm to Louis and Lillian (Zupfer) Brinkmann. He attended school in New Ulm for eight years before he began working with his dad laying brick. On Aug. 30, 1958, Delbert was united in marriage to Betty Zuhlke in St. James. Delbert worked for many years at New Ulm Manufacturing, Raygo Manufacturing and Caterpillar in New Ulm, before retiring in 2000. He enjoyed woodworking, painting, watching Westerns, and fishing. People knew Delbert by his cart, and he loved riding around on it and socializing with people. Delbert was a member of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm, the IAM Local 1037 Machinists Union, of which Delbert was one of the longest active members, and the Seifert-Bianchi American Legion Post #132 of New Ulm. Memorials are preferred to Family Wishes.