Delbert Howard Hartley

Feb. 8, 2020 — Delbert Howard Hartley, of Florence, born Sept. 15, 1934, passed away Dec. 31, 2019.

Delbert was the youngest of three boys born in Mancos, Colo., to father Benjamin and mother Goldie Hartley.

Del lived an adventure-filled childhood (including a pet monkey, alligator and living in a house on stilts) in Panama while his father helped build the Panama Canal.

Goldie passed away when Del was a young boy. Back in Colorado he was primarily raised by his older, beloved brothers Homer and Ben.

Del joined the U.S. Navy, becoming a hospital corpsman attached the Marines while in Korea and Vietnam. He made rank of Chief Petty Officer after only a few years in the Navy.

He married Barbara Phillips in 1960 and had their boys Patrick (1962) and Daniel (1964). In 1972, Del retired from the Navy in Monterey, Calif. 

Anchorage, Alaska, became their home, where Del worked as a physician’s assistant for British Petroleum on the Alaskan Pipeline. After seven years, the warmth of Arizona called. It was a time of trials, growth and change for Del, who gave his life over to Jesus Christ as his Savior. 

His mind healed and his heart opened.  Del and Barbara retired to Florence, Ore., where they camped and gold-panned all over the Pacific Northwest.

Del became very active in his local church after Barbara passed away following 44 years of marriage. He went to Africa, India and Israel on medical mission trips.

Del’s next season of life began when he married his wife Denise, from Florence.  They traveled overseas on mission trips together and enjoyed local adventures. 

On Dec. 31, Del passed peacefully into the arms of the Lord at home, surrounded by family.

Delbert is survived by his wife, Denise Hartley; his two sons: Patrick Howard (Chris) Hartley and Daniel John (Lori) Hartley; five grandchildren: Holden (Daisy), Hannah, Autumn, Nathan and Nicole; and many nieces, nephews and cousins he loved dearly.

A celebration of his life will be held at the Church On The Rock (1750 18th St. in Florence) on Saturday, Feb. 15, beginning at 2 p.m. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Delbert’s name to

Burns’s Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


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