Dell McDonald Colwell

Dell McDonald Colwell
Dell McDonald Colwell, 84, of Vermillion passed away Sunday, April 6, 2008 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton. He was born on June 19, 1923 in Gardner, ND.

Dell was a lifelong educator and Educational Media Center Director at The University of South Dakota. He rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army and served in WWII and the Korean War. Dell was an active member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, the Lion's Club, Emeritus Club, Masons and VFW. He was an enthusiastic gardener, bowler, woodworker and RV traveler.

Dell was preceded in death by his parents, Edison and Florence Colwell, sister Carol and beloved wife, Carroll Gallion Colwell.


He is survived by one brother, E. Terry (Peggy) Colwell; his children, David (Elizabeth) Colwell, St. Paul, MN, Catherine D. Colwell (Ken Helander), Vermillion, Rebecca (James) Deatherage, Gaithersburg, MD, and Patricia (Tim) Franklin, Incline Village, NV; his grandchildren, Lauren and Ben Colwell, Erik (Jennifer) Dahl and Nate (Kylene) Helander, Mary (Derek) Broadbent, Catherine and Elizabeth Deatherage, Kayla and Molly Franklin; his great-grandchildren, Shannen and Abbey Dahl and Brandon and Kayleigh Helander; and his cat, Sassafrass.

Special thanks is given to JoAnn Hoffmann. Because of her excellent care, Dell was able to live the last part of his life with dignity at home surrounded by good neighbors and his friend Sassafrass. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother and made friends wherever he went. Dell will be remembered for his devotion to family and his enjoyment of life; he will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Vermillion. Burial will be at BluffView Cemetery in Vermillion.

Visitation will precede the service from noon until 2 p.m. in the parish hall of St. Paul's Episcopal church.

Memorials may be directed to the St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

Condolences may be sent online to www.koberfuneral home.com.

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