Delbert Flanagan was born on February 20, 1929 on the same land where he worked, lived his entire life, and eventually died on January 17, 2017 of congestive heart failure. The homestead was founded by his father Harold West Flanagan and grandmother, Katherine West Flanagan in 1912. Their Woodinville farm was the largest chicken farm this side of the Mississippi during the Second World War.
Delbert attended Bothell High School where he met his bride, Pat Young. They dated and graduated high school together in 1948. On February 26, 1950, Delbert and Pat were married. Delbert was employed raising chicken and cattle in his early years, and also worked as a janitor and bus driver for Northshore School District, as a heavy equipment operator for King County Highway Department and at Pat’s Perennials.
Delbert was deeply involved in the ministry of the church throughout his life and was licensed as a local preacher in the Church of the Nazarene. He also served as a youth leader, in missions to prisons, with Union Gospel Mission, as a Sunday School teacher as as a leader of Bible study and home fellowship groups.
Delbert was proceeded into death by his twin brother, Anthony Dearle, who died at birth, his parents West and Eva Flanagan and sister Beryl Bluhm.
Survivors left to cherish the memories of Delbert are his wife, Pat, his six children: Michael Flanagan (Judy), Tim Flanagan, Coleen Bruner (Robert), Loreen Fitch (Brian), Eveleen Chapman (Hal), and Kathreen Love (Jeff). Del is also survived by his twelve beloved grandchildren, Erin Caldwell (John), Janna Fitch, Kevin Flanagan (Misti), Christopher Bruner, Karli Parham (Theron), Julia Seimears (Shay), Deleen Wieliczkiewicz (Zach), Kadi Keener (David), Jacqueline Fitch, Innoko Chapman, Kristi Love, and Joel Love, and three precious great grandchildren, Ender Parham, London Seimears, Zoe Flanagan and one more soon to come. Delbert is also survived by many wonderful friends.