Delvin Jay Van Soest was born May 4, 1950 in Parkston, SD to Peter and Anna (Auwema) Van Soest. He grew up in Stickney where he attended school and graduated from high school in 1968. He then attended Mitchell VoTech earning a degree in building construction. He was a carpenter for many years. Delvin drove the Stickney school bus and each student meant so much to him. In more recent years he did maintenance work at the Mitchell Super 8 Motel and was caretaker for the Silver Ridge Cemetery at Stickney. Delvin proudly served as a volunteer fireman for the Stickney Fire Department for over 30 years. He enjoyed raising a large garden, bowling, hunting and was an avid fan of sports activities around Stickney including the Stickney/Corsica baseball team.
He is survived by his mom, Anna Van Soest of Stickney, four sisters: Eileen Van Soest of Sioux Falls, Marjean Waldow and husband Arlin of Willow Lake, Betty Van Soest of White Lake and Janice Hettinger and husband Paul of White Lake, numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his dad, a nephew, Jeffrey Waldow, a great nephew, Braden Bertsch and his maternal and paternal grandparents.
Memorials are preferred to the Stickney Fire Department, the Aurora County Cancer Society or the Heart and Sole Cancer Fund of Mitchell.