Delbert 'Warren" Elwood, born June 12, 1921, passed peacefully on April 2, 2023 at the age of 101. He was born in Smith Center, Kansas to Roy and Erma Elwood. Warren was the first of three children.
Warren spent his first 13 years shadowing his dad learning every aspect of the farm. Before leaving Kansas, he helped herd cows while riding his pony in the 120 degree sun through the parched and failing corn crop. His last view of Kansas was looking out the back window of the car at the dust and the tumbleweeds as his family drove into Nebraska. His family settled on a farm west of Emmett where he lived until moving to Oregon to work in a sawmill.
Warren returned to Emmett as WWII began and while working for a neighbor, met and later married, Dorothy, from Parma, Idaho on December 25, 1942. He enlisted in the Army in 1943 and served in the Asiatic Theater guarding General MacArthur's headquarters at Port Moresby, New Guinea. Warren and Dorothy had 4 children and later moved to the family farm west of Emmett in March of 1958. He ran a dairy, farmed and later worked at the Emmett sawmill.
Warren and Dorothy were faithful members and served in many capacities at the Emmett Church of the Nazarene and they were recognized with the Distinguished Service Award. Warren was active in the community; serving on the Youth Accountability Board and was recognized as Farmer of the Year by Farm Bureau. In 2014, he retired from the farm and moved to Star enjoying his later years before moving into assisted living.
Warren was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Dorothy; sister, Leona McCluey and brother, Bernard Elwood. He leaves behind their four children, Delbert (Terry) of Star, ID, Marilyn (John) of West Sacramento, CA, David (partner, Terry) of Star, ID, and Sylvia Elwood of Boise, ID; 10 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren.
Warren's life will be celebrated by family and friends at 2:00 PM on Saturday, April 15, 2023 at the Emmett Church of the Nazarene with Rev. Gary Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at the Bramwell Cemetery. Services are in the care of the Potter Funeral Chapel.
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