Alonzo Jon DeLara, 84 - April 05, 2012
Alonzo Jon DeLara, 84, of Johnson Lake died Thursday, April 5, 2012, at the Grand Island Veteran’s Home.
A memorial celebration of life service will take place on Friday, April 27, at the First United Methodist Church in Lexington with the Rev. Tess Hufford officiating. Cremation was chosen to honor his wishes, and there will be no visitation.
Inurnment will be conducted at a later date at New Mexico where he will be buried near his family.
DeLara was born June 2, 1927, at Placitas, New Mexico, to Antonio and Florinda (Gurule) DeLara.
He was a career Marine and served on the front lines during the Korean War. He was one of the Marine members of the battle in the winter of 1950 called the “Chosin’ Frozen,” and suffered extreme frostbite in some of those terrible winters.
DeLara loved country music and learned to play guitar as a young man, said family members. While stationed at the El Toro Marine Base in Lake Forest, CA, he formed a western band and played local venues.
Post-war, he was stationed at 29 Palms, CA, and retired from that base. He then made 29 Palms his home and raised his family there. He also spent the next 20 years at 29 Palms working in civil service as the base gardener.
He loved going to the Joshua Tree National Park where he enjoyed watching the rock climbers and the wildlife as well as having picnics, according to family members.
DeLara was active with the Elk’s Lodge and was past Exalted Ruler of No. 2134, 29 Palms.
He was preceded in death by: his first wife, Eleanor; parents, Antonio and Florinda; a daughter, Josette; step-daughter, Cassandra; brothers—Max, Ephriam, Tony, Alex, Edward and Ben; sister, Lillian.
Survivors include: his wife, Beth of Johnson Lake; a daughter, Ava DeLara of Sacramento, CA; step-children—Jim (Bridget) Kyle of 29 Palms; Susan (Matt) Williams of Gothenburg; Diana (Scott) Kline of Sun City West, AZ, George (Mindy) Wright of Lincoln, and Mike Wright of Johnson Lake; one granddaughter, Ambra Cole; 12 step-grandchildren and 17 step-great-grandchildren; brothers—James (Beverly) DeLara and Bert (Rosemarie) DeLara, both of New Mexico; sisters—Jane Duran and Vi (Bernie) Duran, both of New Mexico, and Darlene (Ray) Miller of Mission Viejo, CA; numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements.