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Delores A. Diamond

December 22, 2028 November 21, 2015
Delores A. Diamond
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Delores A. Diamond, 86, of Anthon, Iowa died very unexpectedly Saturday, November 21, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa. The funeral service will be Friday, November 27, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Anthon, Iowa with Pastor Janet Rieckhoff-Faris officiating along with a service by the American Legion Auxiliary McNiff Unit #389 of Anthon. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral at the church. Armstrong Funeral Home of Anthon has been entrusted with the arrangements. The family is receiving condolences on line at

Delores Anna (Kollbaum) Diamond was born December 22, 1928, in Crawford County, the daughter of Henry and Ida (Hesse) Kollbaum. She grew up on the Bailey Ranch where she received her formal education in country school. Delores maintained fond memories of her childhood days on the Bailey Ranch with her large family. In the early 1940s, the entire extended Kollbaum family moved to a farm in Woodbury County. Delores recalled learning to work on the family farm at an early age and realized it was hard work milking cows, driving a team of horses, and picking corn by hand.
She later worked in the home of the Groat Family at Anthon, who owned the John Deere Implement Dealership. It was then that she met Ralph Diamond, the love of her life. Ralph and Delores were united in marriage on September 4, 1949, at the United Methodist Church in Anthon. The couple recently celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary.
They made their home in Anthon where they raised their three children. Delores was always a busy lady, having been employed at multiple jobs outside the home as well. She wasnt afraid of work. Delores loved her flower garden and just being outside. She liked to cook and bake. She also enjoyed playing cards and having coffee with her friends in Anthon and recently began playing cards again with her siblings on the weekend.
Delores and Ralph were dedicated to community volunteerism and believed in taking on these duties as a couple. She was active in her membership at the United Methodist Church at Anthon and the American Legion Auxiliary MCNiff Unit #389 of Anthon. She and Ralph were involved with the Anthon Community Center and the Anthon Golf Course Club House as well as numerous other community projects over the many years. The couple traveled extensively together to wherever their children lived in their own careers. Miles were not a barrier as they experimented with different modes of transportation, some she enjoyed more than others. Delores lived a full and rewarding life, one that was even more fulfilled by the love she had for her family, especially her grandchildren.
Those family member left to embrace their loving memories of Delores are her husband, Ralph; her three children, Susan Wilson and her husband, Steve of Correctionville, Iowa, Stephen D. Diamond and his wife, Deborah of LaFeria, Texas, and Rick S. Diamond and his wife, Lori of Warrenton, Virginia; nine grandchildren, Lee Wilson, Jeff (Carmen) Wilson, Stacey (Cary) Bahrke, Stephanie (TJ) Klaschen, Jennifer (Randy) Lindberg, Ryan (Sarah) Diamond, Lindsey Diamond, Anthony (Tracie) Diamond, and Joe Diamond; 16 great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; three sisters, Leona (Norman) Schmidt of Danbury, Iowa; LaJune (Tom) Gray of Sioux City, Iowa, and Roberta Hollsworth of Anthon, Iowa; two brothers Henry (Lila) Kollbaum III of Anthon, Iowa and Gene (Linda) Kollbaum of Bronson, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.
Delores was preceded in death by her parents; and two sisters, Ruth Malone and Darlene Zimmerman.


Friday, November 27, 2015 11:00 a.m.ξ With a service by the American Legion AuxiliaryξMcNiff Unit #389 of Anthonξ

United Methodist Church Anthon, Iowaξ


One hour prior to the service

United Methodist Church Anthon, Iowaξ
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