DELENCY LOUIS SUTLIEF, age 88 of Waseca, died Sunday, July 30, 2023, at Mayo Health System – Mankato.
Born on March 25, 1935, in Waseca, a son of the late Austin and Esther (Duitman) Sutlief. He was baptized as an infant on May 6, 1935. He graduated from Central High School in Waseca, Minnesota. In April of 1958, he was drafted in the United States Army during the Korea Occupation, serving until April of 1960. He would continue in the Army Reserves until his honorable discharge in March of 1964 earning the rank of Sergeant E5. On May 5, 1962, he married JoAnn Sutter at First Congregational Church in Waseca. He would go on to work the next 45 years as a Laborer for Birds Eye General Food’s in Waseca until his retirement in 1997. Following his retirement, he found joy in being a bus driver for many years for Waseca Area Schools. He was an active member of the Waseca VFW Sweet-Sommers Post 1642 and was also a member of First Congregational Church in Waseca. Delency loved his family, being active in VFW events, playing cards with his brothers, calling Bingo, and reading western books.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, JoAnn Sutlief of Waseca; children, Lisa (Scott) Borst of Waterville, Michael (Leann) Sutlief of Waseca, Mitchell Sutlief of Waseca, Denise (Kelly) Pforr of Prior Lake, Craig Sutlief of Waseca; eight grandchildren, Natasha Sutlief of Virginia, Minnesota, Cayla (Blu) Anderson of Kitzville, Minnesota, Joshua Sutlief (Anne Wetherbee) of Fayetteville, Georgia, Jon Borst of Plymouth, Minnesota, Tyler Borst of Owatonna, Michael Sutlief of Owatonna, Brandon (Hannah) Sutlief of Pella, Iowa, Layne Pforr of Prior Lake; great-grandchildren, Warren Sutlief, LeAura and Lottie Melheim, Bryant and Wyatt Kunkel; one brother, Rolland Sutlief of Treasure Island, Florida. He is preceded in death by his parents; four brothers Donald and his wife Audrey, Byron, Orville, Melvin and his wife Virginia Sutlief; two sisters Virgie Lehman and her husband Lester and Pearl Peterson and her husband Arvid; sister-in-law Cleone Sutlief.
In honoring his wishes, he will be cremated. A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, August 2, 2023, at 11:00 AM at First Congregational Church in Waseca with Reverend Ken Andrs officiating. Burial will follow in the Woodville Cemetery in Waseca. Visitation will be held two hours prior to the service at the church. Following the burial, all are invited to the Waseca VFW Sweet-Sommers Post 1642 for a time of fellowship with the family. Dennis-Steffel-Omtvedt Funeral and Cremation Service is handling the arrangements.