Dellis Schrock, 76, of Fargo, ND died peacefully in his sleep after an active week of volunteer work with Presbyterian Disaster Service in Houma, Louisiana.
Dellis Darrel Schrock was born at Woodriver, NE, on July 29, 1931 to Lewis and Ada Lehman Schrock. At the age of five (1936) the family moved to Johnson County, IA, where he grew up, was educated, and graduated from Iowa Mennonite High School. In 1951 he met Twila Stoll at Heston College in Kansas where they co-edited the college yearbook together. Twila and Dellis married in 1953 and went into alternative military service at Evanston, Illinois General Hospital. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Goshen College in 1956. In 1958 they moved to Casselton, ND where they raised their 4 children and attended Casselton Mennonite Church for the next 28 years. Dellis received a Master of Arts degree in 1962 and a Specialist degree in English from the University of Illinois in 1968. His career consisted of 37 years teaching secondary English and Creative Writing in Amenia and Fargo, ND; 22 years chairing the English Department at South High School; 6 years as co-director of the Tri-College Prairie Writing Project; 6 years teaching rhetoric and supervising student teachers for Concordia and MSU.
Professional accomplishments include being appointed by Governor Olson and Governor Sinner for terms on the ND Professional Practices Commission at the Capitol; Mayor of Casselton, ND, 1978-1990; Member of the UND Academic Skills Project; two terms on the Central Cass Schools Board of Education 1964-68; Two terms on the Board of Directors of Rural Cass Services 1985-1990; two terms on the KFME Public Television Board of Directors, 1968-70; President of the ND Council of Teachers of English; 1973-75; Editor of NORTH DAKOTA ENGLISH; 1970-75; Secretary-Treasurer of NDCTE 1970-72; Deacon of the First Presbyterian Church; 2002-2005.
Professional recognition during his life includes Governor George Sinner?s ?Community Pride Leadership? award 1985; Fargo Schools ?Recognition of Excellence? award 1986; NDCTE?s ?Service to the Profession? award 1986; PTA ?Teacher of Year? award, 1987.
Dellis is survived by his beloved wife, Twila Mae Stoll; children, *Michael Lewis (Erin Geiser), Deirdre Ann (Tom) Albrecht, Joan Marie (Don) Schrock Woodward, Elizabeth Jean (Marvin) Slabaugh. All are college graduates, married, self-supporting and settled in careers and professions. Doting grandkids are Zachary (Elizabeth), Atlee, Brittany, Haven, Laurel, Linnea, Twila, Landon, Ardy, Anya, and Chloe. Survived also by siblings, Thelma Schrock, Wilma Cannon, Lila Mae Gould and Roy Schrock.
Dellis was passionately devoted to his family, the church, and family heritage. He traced his family geneology back to Casper Schrock who immigrated to America in 1740 and liked to claim all American Schrocks descended from that relative. Dellis was quite skilled in construction with a great work ethic and a quiet spirituality demonstrated not by words, but deeds. He is beloved by his family and will be missed by all.
*Tragically, son Michael, died February 25, while home preparing for his father?s funeral.
Memorials are preferred to ?Casselton Heritage Center?, Box 802, Casselton, ND 58012 where Del spent many of his volunteer hours after retirement.
Viewing Tuesday, February 26, 6-8 pm at Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo.
Sharing Tuesday, February 26, at 8pm at Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo.
Services Wednesday, February 27, 2pm at First Presbyterian Church in Fargo.
Online guestbook at www.boulgerfuneralhome.com
Arrangements entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.