1934, 2751, Oreville, F-14 Member
1934, 2751, Lake Norden, DSE-224
1935, 793, Hill City, F-9
Fred Delzer was a member of the NACCCA (National Association of Civilian Conservation Corps Alumni) in the Kern River Chapter #20 - Bakersfield, California. Fred served from early 1934 to late 1935 and was a member of Company 2751 assigned to Squad #5. He often talked about his time that was spent clearing trails at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota and camp life, such as his first camp boxing match where he broke his nose and the early morning roll calls in South Dakota's famously cold winters; these were just a couple of many fond memories of his time in the CCC camps.
Fred also worked in the following sites, Harvey Peak Lookout, Pig Tail Bridge, Horse Shoe Canyon, Balance Rock and Sylvan Lake.
June 28, 1917 - April 25, 2005
Fred was born June 28, 1917, in Freeman, South Dakota, to Karl and Maria Delzer joining a family of 7 brothers and 2 sisters, joined The Conservation Corp. and worked on Mt. Rushmore from 1934 to 1935, coming to California in 1937. In 1939, he married the love of his life, Aletha Spitzer. He farmed from 1940 to 1970. Fred was a very active man, he was a Volunteer Fireman, Edison School Board Trustee, and 49-year Life Member of the Elks Club #266 where he was active with the bingo fundraisers, a Charter Member of the Grace Reformed Church where he taught Sunday School, was a Church Deacon and Treasurer.
Fred is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Aletha; daughters and sons-in-law, Gloria and Roger Pitney of Greensboro, NC, and Marilyn and Ben Durham of Bakersfield, CA; grandchildren, Brian Pitney and wife, Muriel of Richmond, VA, Michael Pitney and wife, Kathryn of Greensboro, NC, Rhonda Howard and husband, Dale of Ashville, NC, Neil Durham and Jason Durham of Bakersfield, CA; also 4 great-grandchildren, Jacob, Grace, Alixandra and Freddie.
The family would like to thank Estella Alanso and Bakersfield Memorial Hospital 4th and 5th floors for their outstanding care and compassion.
We will miss dear Fred and treasure many wonderful memories. We are comforted to know he had a good life here on earth and is now at home with the Lord.
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