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John R. Delebo

John Robert Delebo passed away peacefully on March 9th, 2018, at Maple Manor Care Center in Langdon, ND.

John was born October 25, 1927, in Langdon, ND. After graduating from St. Alphonsus High School in 1945, he enlisted in the US Army. Following his two years of service, he entered St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN, graduating in 1951 with a degree in economics. He then attended the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, while working for Minnesota Senator Hubert Humphrey. He met his first wife, Joyce Peterson, while they were both working for the Senator. They moved from Washington, DC back to Langdon, where John worked for O.S. Johnson Insurance until he was appointed postmaster in 1964, a position in which he served until his retirement in 1994. After the death of his first wife, he married Arlaine Short of Langdon in 1994.

John was active in the Langdon community, as a founding director of Farmers and Merchants bank and as a member of the Cavalier County Memorial Hospital Board and the Cavalier County Job Development Authority. He was also a charter member of the Langdon Eagles Club Aerie #3454, and belonged to the American Legion, the Knights of Columbus, and the Northern Lights Arts Council.

John was an outgoing, energetic, and friendly man with a gentle manner and a delightful sense of humor. His kind spirit will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Surviving John are his wife Arlaine, son John Brian (Terri), grandsons Ross and Jack, stepson Bob Short, sister Geneva, and brothers Thomas and Donald, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Joyce; parents John George and Rose Delebo; and siblings William, Mary, Olga, Peter, Henry, Nickolas, and Eileen.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, March 16, 2018, at St. Alphonsus Parish Center in Langdon, ND. Visitation will take place from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at Brooks Funeral Home in Langdon and for one hour prior to service time at the Parish Center on Friday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to be sent to St. Alphonsus Foundation or Maple Manor Care Center Foundation.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at Brooks Funeral Home in Langdon, ND, and for one hour prior to service time at the Parish Center on Friday.

Funeral Service

Friday, March 16, 2018
1:00 PM

St. Alphonsus Catholic Church
209 10th Ave.
Langdon, ND 58249

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at Brooks Funeral Home in Langdon, ND, and for one hour prior to service time at the Parish Center on Friday.

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Dear Arlaine, I am so sad to hear about John. My mother gets the Grand Forks Herald and it is 2 weeks usually late. I am looking at his picture now in the paper and his smile . He was one of my favorite people and helped me and my dad Ramon so much I could never be able to repay him. I always felt better when I visited both of you . I feel a big void in my life knowing he is gone. He and you both touched my life and gave me so much I am very lucky to have met both of you. Ann

ann paulson ramon silva and ruth bustin Mar 26 2018 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathy to the family. Have alot of great memories of John and Joyce out at the Quam farm. John will be missed.

Leona Platz Mar 15 2018 12:00 AM

As a child, my Dad said he was called Postage, later as I got older he became Mr. Delebo and years later as I became involved in many city and civic affairs he became John. I sincerely learned and appreciated sitting with John on the Roxy and JDA boards. A man with great wisdom and searching questions. Will forever miss John. My sympathy to Arlaine, Brian, Bob and families.

Don Haugen Mar 15 2018 12:00 AM

John and Terri My thoughts are with you and your family during this very difficult time. Please know he raised a wonderful son and had a beautiful life... full of love. With a heavy heart, I send my love to you.

Lynn Schiller Mar 15 2018 12:00 AM

Friends, While it has been a long time since I lived in Langdon, John is one of the people that stands out in my mind. Why--because he was a very welcoming person, a true gentleman. May he rest in peace and you cherish his the good times you shared.

Gary Rath Mar 13 2018 12:00 AM

"The sorrow we feel when we lose a loved one & friend like John is the price we pay to have had them in our lives." (He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man.) ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry ~

John Bergman Mar 13 2018 12:00 AM

It is with sadness that I hear of the John's death. Growing up in Langdon, I have many fond memories of John, but as the neighbor across the street and at the Post Office. He was one of the true icons of the Langdon community. My sympathies go out to the family.

Alfred Padden Mar 12 2018 12:00 AM

so sorry to hear that John passed away . our sincere sympathy to his family. recently I visited him and we enjoyed talking about old times . we were partners when we made our first holy communion years ago. DICK.

DickLina Hamnn Mar 12 2018 12:00 AM

Very sorry to hear of John's death. He was a good friend and we had many good cups of coffee together. He worked for my Father for a number of years before he went to the PO. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and the family...

Richard and Roberta Johnson Mar 11 2018 12:00 AM

Many happy memories of John, the Delebos, and all of our friends in Langdon. He was a lovely gentleman and he will remain in our memories.

Eleanor and Bill Goodall Mar 11 2018 12:00 AM

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