Monday, December 7, 2015 5:57 pm
Delbert James “Delfee” Bulman, 89, of Dorchester, died Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, at Good Samaritan Center in Waukon. Funeral services are Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 11 a.m. at Mt. Hope Presbyterian Church in rural New Albin, with Pastor Paul Burgess officiating. Burial with military honors is at Mt. Hope Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon. Online condolences may be left at martinfunerals.com. Delbert’s children and grandchildren will serve as casket bearers and honorary bearers.
Delbert James “Delfee” Bulman was born to Alton John and Helga Mae (Sadler) Bulman Jan. 22, 1926, in Preston, Minn. After graduating from Waukon High School he served in the US Army in the Pacific Theatre from 1945 to 1946. Following his honorable discharge he returned to Northeast Iowa, where he began farming with his uncle Fred. He married Eloise Virginia Quandahl June 11, 1950, at the Waterloo Ridge Lutheran Church in rural Dorchester. Delbert and Eloise purchased the Bulman family farm from Fred in 1957. For 65 years, Delbert and Eloise developed and cared for the land while teaching their children and grandchildren the value of hard work, the importance of family and faith, love of country and conservative values. Delbert served as a trustee and elder as well as on the cemetery board for many years at Mt. Hope Presbyterian Church where he was a lifetime member. He was a loyal John Deere owner and loved to run his bulldozer on land improvement projects. He was handy around the farm, able to fix or repair almost anything that needed attention.
Survivors include his wife Eloise; seven children: Richard Bulman of Spring Grove, Minn., Karen (John Jr.) Kerndt of Decorah; Jerry (Machelle) Bulman of Dorchester; Lori (Randy) Hover of Dorchester; Jeffrey (Tami) Bulman of Ames; Thomas (Laurie) Bulman of Decorah; and Chris “Pud” (fiancé M’Liss Burrier) Bulman of Dorchester; 18 grandchildren: Tade (Natalie) Kerndt, Buck (Lindsay) Kerndt, Auny (Ethan) Pole, Angie Kerndt, Jesse (Angie), Justin, and Mike Bulman, Amanda (Dave) Reinhardt, Jennifer (Stephan) Swart, Addison, Mason, Ellie, and Emma Bulman, Spencer, Austin, and Sawyer Bulman, Tate Ryan, and Ada Bulman; 15 great-grandchildren: Kylie, Kelby, and Heaton Kerndt; Dekla, Delbert and Rory Kerndt; Stella, Gus, Eloise and Oletta Pole; Charlie Jean Reinhardt; Charlotte, Thatcher, and Greta Bulman; and Owen Bulman; two brothers, Loren (Margaret) Bulman of Spring Grove, Minn. and Robert (Marilyn) Bulman of Waukon; a sister, Lois Wiedenmann, of Waukon; sisters-in-law Grace Bulman of Eitzen, Minn., Sandra (Gordon) Tangen of Dorchester, Naomi Ferguson of Hawaii, Beverly Gavle of Waukon and Marsha Stroh of Waterloo; and brothers-in-law Ozzie (Phyllis) Quandahl and Roger (Mary) Quandahl, both of Waukon.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother Dean Bulman; sisters-in-law Shirley Bulman, Carol Quandahl, Ruth Quandahl; and brothers-in-law: Neal Wiedenmann, Paul Quandahl, Richard Quandahl, Ronald Gavle, Bernie Stroh, and Roger Ferguson.