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December 15, 2011

Dwight A. “Sonny” Trimble Sr., 81 of Delaware passed away peacefully at home while surrounded by his family Thursday morning, October 27, 2011 following a several month illness.

He was born on Jan. 16, 1930 in Delaware to the late Catharine (Birkhead) and Dwight A. Trimble. A lifelong resident graduating from Willis High School in 1948, he was a member of the school’s track and football teams. He then proudly served in the U.S. Army for nine years and during the Korean Conflict. Following his military career and until retirement, he worked in the maintenance department for the Delaware Post Office. Sonny also served as an auxiliary member of the Delaware Police Department. As one with many interests, he was a fan of all sports, especially football and his beloved Pittsburg Steelers; he even enjoyed dancing in his younger years. He liked to have a good time and with his friendly nature and easygoing personality that was never hard to do.

Dwight married Gertrude (Roberts) on June 12, 1959. Together they shared 44 years, raising a family and enjoying life together. She passed away Aug. 13, 2003.

He is survived by son Dwight A. Trimble Jr. of Delaware; grandchildren, Erika Schundelmier and Tierra Crump of Columbus, Shayla Ransaw, Jorian Trimble, Marvelious Bayless and Stephanie Trimble all of Delaware, great-grandchildren; Logan Trimble, David, Branden, Christopher and Talia Logan; sister, Martha Trimble Jackson of Los Angeles, Calif.; nephew, Allen L. Bradby of Knoxville, Tenn.; niece, Catharine (Philip) Whitworth of Elyria; and a large extended family and a host of friends.

He is also preceded in death by son: Michael A. “Sqwint” Trimble on March 14, 2011, sister: Marie Trimble Bradby, and nephew: Pete Bradby II.

Friends may call from noon until 2 p.m. Tuesday at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 75 W. William St., Delaware, 2:30 p.m. graveside services will immediately follow at Oak Grove Cemetery with full military honors provided by the Delaware County Veterans Association. Special thanks to Nina Corbin and HomeReach Hospice for their tender care. Memorial contributions can be made to American Cancer Society. Condolences may be expressed at snyderfuneralhomes.com.