Delbert Moody


Delbert Dale Moody, 84, of Tracy, died Tuesday, May 23, 2023, at the Knoxville Hospital. He was born December 26, 1938, in Iowa City, Iowa, the son of Roland and Eva (Lundy) Moody. He attended Tracy High School. Following school, he worked at Rolscreen now Pella Corp. He also had a Star Route where he hauled mail from Oskaloosa to Des Moines. On November 13, 1961, Delbert entered the United States Army. He served at Fort Carson in Colorado and at Fort Sill in Oklahoma. While home on leave he was united in marriage to Judy Winegardner on February 14, 1963, in New Sharon, Iowa.

He was discharged from the Army on November 19, 1963, and returned to Tracy. He drove a dump truck for a short time for Wilbur Binns hauling coal. While working around the coal mines he became friends with one of the dragline operators that agreed to teach him how to operate a dragline. Delbert became proficient with the levers and ran draglines in coal mines for 25 years. When the mines closed, he went back to driving semi for Ben Shinn Trucking and Tracy Elevator until retiring in 2006. He was a talented carpenter. He built Judy and his home in Tracy. A few of his favorite things were fishing, camping, playing games on the computer, and traveling. He traveled to all of the continental states except three in the far northeast. Though he was typically quiet and kept to himself, he had a quick wit, and His laugh was one a of kind and loved by many.

His family includes his wife, Judy Moody of Tracy; a son and his wife, Darin Jennifer Moody of Tracy, 16 grandchildren, and 21 great- grandchildren with one on the way, a sister, Marilyn K. Moody of Des Moines, and many nieces’ nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sons David Moody and Daryl Moody; 4 sisters, Janice Louise Moody, Velma June “Peggy” Jones, Norma Jean Rice, Mildred Marie Wilson; 3 brothers, Roland Edwin “ Bud” Moody, Robert Moody, Marvin Moody.

Graveside services and burial with Military rites will be Friday, May 26, 2023, at 10:30 am with Reverend Del Bittner officiating at Bellefountaine cemetery, near Tracy, Iowa. Those planning to attend the graveside service should plan to meet at the Bellefountaine Cemetery. As was Delbert’s wish his body has been cremated and no visitation is planned. The Bate Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Memorials can be made to Clay Township Fire and Rescue.

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