Delbert Clyde Hammett
October 19, 1923 - January 6, 2019
Our Beloved father Delbert Clyde Hammett went home to be with the Lord on January 6, 2019 at the age of 95. Delbert was born October 19, 1923 in Lodi, California to Clyde E. and Ruth M. Hammett. He attended grade schools in Southern California and after the family moved back to Oregon he attended Keizer elementary school. He attended Lebanon High and graduated from Clatskanie High School. He met the love of his life Deloris E. Waters while at Lebanon High. They married November 20, 1941. He joined the Navy with training at Farragut Naval Training Station in Idaho and further training at U of Minnesota. He was deployed to the Pacific Theater aboard the U.S.S. Newberry. He saw duty at Iwo Jima, Okinawa.
After returning to Lebanon and family life after the war, be built two homes and he and Deloris and four children. They moved to Salem in 1950 where he managed the Metropolitan Stores for the next 45 years retiring at the age of 75 when the Metro closed its doors. In retirement they loved to travel in their 5th wheel to visit the coast. Delbert loved his family and friends and he always had great cars. He loved his yard where he built a beautiful fish pond and waterfall.
Delbert was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 72 years, his two sisters, Marge Douglass and LaVella Waters and baby son Michael. He is survived by son, Gary (Emily) Hammett of Keizer, daughters, Dixie (Bob) Mitchell of Salem and Linda Poverud of Salem; seven grandchildren, Del Pofahl (Sharon), Tammie Hammett (Kirk Kendal), Todd Mitchell (April), Les Mitchell, Brian Mitchell (Ester), Michael Poverud (Jill), Scott Poverud (Jen); nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.
We will miss you dearly Dad, but we know that you are safely on the other shore.
Services will be at 11:00 AM on Friday, January 18, 2019 at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service, 605 Commercial St. SE with a reception to follow at the funeral home. Donations in his memory to the Salvation Army or Wounded Warriors would be greatly appreciated.
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