Delbert Sands


Delbert Sands

Aug. 30, 1923 - May 4, 2010

Former resident Delbert L. Sands passed away at his home in Springfield, Ore., on May 4, 2010, at the age of 86 years, 8 months and 4 days. Cause of death was congestive heart failure and emphysema.

He was born on Aug, 30, 1923, in Bradshaw, Neb., to Wilbert Sands and Eathel Bailey Sands. On June 5, 1941, he married Virginia Ashwood in Grant, Neb. To this union was born four daughters, Beverly Sharp (and John), Bonnie Fontana of Fontana, Calf., Claudia Landis of Tualatin, Ore., and Debra Fosnot (and Ray) of Waitsburg. Delbert was a past member of the Elks, Lions Club, Washington Wheat Growers and Morgan Horse Association. They moved to Soap Lake, Wash., for reasons of health. On April 8, 1995, he married Verna Mae Johnson in Reno, Nev.

Besides his daughters, he is survived by his wife, Verna; three step-children, Don Johnson and wife Betty, Patty Nelly (and Greg) and Lonnie Johnson. There are 10 grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Delbert was preceded in death by Virginia Sands; his parents; one brother; two sisters and one grandchild. Funeral was held in Springfield, Ore., on May 10, 2010. A short memorial will be later in the Walla Walla area preceding burial of remains.

His contagious laughter and smile will be missed by all who knew him. Please sign the guest book at


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