Mr. Delbert Eugene Gregory

Obituary for Mr. Delbert Eugene Gregory

June 10, 1923 - July 31, 2021
Spokane, Washington | Age 98

In Loving Memory

Obituary

Delbert was mercifully released from
his pain as he crossed the Great Divide at 10:46
PM on July 31. He battled congestive heart failure
for six years and fought hard until the end.

On a marginal wheat farm
between Winona and Revere
in Southwest Whitman County,
Delbert was born the sixth of
seven siblings – born to Charles
R. Gregory and Pearl Johnson
Gregory on June 10, 1923.
Shortly after his father passed
of pneumonia, in 1928 Delbert,
his mother and siblings moved to
Oakesdale. Oakesdale remained
Delbert's home until 2016 when
he and his wife, Nina moved to
assisted living in Spokane where
they recently celebrated their
76th anniversary.

As Delbert grew in Oakesdale
he took interest in football,
basketball, gardening, hunting,
fishing, and eventually Nina Lee
Littleton. Delbert and Nina were
betrothed before he served in
the Army Air Corps and when he
returned from the Asia-Pacific
Theatre they married April 1,
1945 – yes, April Fools had
remained a source of humor for
years to follow.

While Delbert fought for
our nation in World War II he
served aboard two C-47 combat
cargo carriers. The first was
shot down by Imperial Forces.
Delbert and his fellow crew
members struggled but returned
to friendly lines – the craft was
destroyed, but the crew survived.
Delbert flew 236 missions over
the Himalayas and Naga Hills;
and was awarded the Air Medal
with four Oak Leaf Clusters, the
Asiatic-Pacific Service ribbon
with two Bronze Stars, and the
Distinguished Flying Cross with
three Oak Leaf Clusters.

Delbert worked as
maintenance man and head
custodian for the Oakesdale
School District for 37 years and
Nina worked as bus driver and
assistant custodian for 26 years.
It was a family love to keep the
school functional, clean, and
beautiful. Each year Delbert
would use his cherished garden to
bring colorful accents to a neatly
manicured schoolgrounds.

Delbert's siblings preceded
him in death. He is survived by
Nina, his children Chris Gregory
(Kathy), Cheney, Christy Gregory
(Diane), Birch Bay, Deon Logan
(Gary), Birch Bay; grandson
Trevor Eugene Gregory (Angie),
Springdale; step grandchildren
Joel Logan (Rachael), Maple
Ridge, B.C., Nicole Dibiasi
(Jonathan), Corona, California;
nine great-grandchildren, and
two great-great-grandchildren.

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