Del graduated from high school in 1954 in Mobridge, SD. He later served with the 101st Airborne Division Field Artillery Unit combat group in Japan during the Korean War.
He attended Northern State Teacher’s College, Aberdeen and Worsham College of Mortuary Science, Chicago where he graduated with a Mortuary Science Degree.
He worked for many years at Kesling Funeral Home and Larson Funeral Home both in Mobridge. Del and his wife Ramona moved to Rapid City in 1998 and he began working for Behrens Mortuary.
Del is the manager of the crematory and helps out at Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home as needed.