Delbert Duane Toben


July 31, 1932 - July 2, 2013



Delbert Duane Toben was born July 31, 1932, in Davison County to Anton and Ida (Brees) Toben. He attended schools in Mitchell and graduated from Mitchell High School in 1951. He entered the US Army in 1952, served in Korea and was discharged in 1954. On September 19, 1954, he married Margaret Stevens at the First United Methodist Church in Mitchell. He was employed at Swanson’s Plumbing and Heating in Mitchell, for over twenty years. He continued working for the Plumbing and Pipefitters Union in several states for a number of years until his retirement.

He was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church where he was an usher for several years and helped with Meals on Wheels, after his retirement. He enjoyed making wood model ships and airplanes and also traveling in the Black Hills and the western states.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret; four children: Robert Toben and wife, Sylvina of Sioux Falls; John Toben of Mitchell; Delbert Toben Jr. and wife, Lynn of Sioux Falls; Kathy Gebel and husband, Larry of Mitchell; one granddaughter, Tina Russell; four grandsons: Jesse Gebel, Cameron Toben, Philip Toben and Jake Toben; one step granddaughter, Shanegail Bagtila: two great-grandchildren, Isabelle and Mason Russell, one sister, Virginia Radel and husband, Don of Mitchell and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.



Sunday, July 7, 2013
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Monday, July 8, 2013
10:30 AM
First United Methodist Church
310 North Rowley Street
Mitchell, South Dakota


Servicemen's Memorial Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Donna Barnhart on July 18, 2013
I'm sorry to hear of Delbert's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you

Love Donna
Posted by Marilyn Gunnare on July 8, 2013
I will miss one half of the couple that always had the time to stop and visit with me whenever they saw me out and about (usually in the grocery store) The Toben's were always there with big smiles and something newsy to visit about.
Posted by Linda & Walt Rogers on July 7, 2013
We send our deepest sympathy to Aunt Margy and to all the Toben family. Del Sr. had a great sense of humor, and he offered great practical advice. We do miss him.
Posted by dick and kay bailey on July 6, 2013
margie and family, our sympatys to you and family upon the loss of one so dear to each of you
many years have gone by sence the west 4th days and i can second the words of the other kae in the block that they were the best of days.
please know we are thinking of you and pray GOD will be with you in this great loss.
the richard baileys
Posted by Kae Westerberg on July 6, 2013
Marge, I was very sorry to hear about Delbert passing away. Kay Bailey sent me an E-mail letting me know about Delbert. I have so many good memories concerning our younger days, and know those were some of the best years of our lives with the 'gang'. I feel lucky you and Delbert were part of them. You and your family are in my prayers.
Posted by Colleen Russell on July 5, 2013
Our deepest condolences for your loss. Delbert was a very special man. We will miss the visits, his good nature, smiling face and the stories he liked to tell. What a wonderful person. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. From Minnesota to you, Colleen & John.
Posted by Shanegail bagtila Awisan on July 5, 2013
Even though we didn't see each other personally I know that you have a kind heart. Thank you for everything and for accepting us as a part of your family especially my mom. May you rest in peace and condolence to the family
Posted by Robert Stevens on July 5, 2013
Your smile was contiguous and brought joy to anyone in its presence! I enjoyed visiting every year at the Volks March, I valued the humor you brought to every situation! You have created a large void, and will be missed dearly. My only regret, it has only been in recent years, that I become aware of these special qualities. You will always be present in my heart and thoughts! With love and affection Bob
Posted by James Kropenske on July 4, 2013
Trina and I send our condolences to the Tobin family. We never forgot them or our many visits when we lived in Mitchell. Our prayers are with you all.
Posted by Patti Greenseth on July 4, 2013
My sympathy on your loss Del & Lynn.
Posted by melanee and scott veach on July 4, 2013
Delbert was a wonderful person I am gald I had the honor to have known him you you all are in my prayers
Posted by Janet & Jack Nelson on July 4, 2013
We will miss you so very much. You brightened our lives more than you know. Take care Margaret and family. You are in our hearts
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