Delbert Kanniard

April 17, 1920 ‒ November 30, 2007

Delaware, Ohio

Delbert Kanniard, 87, of Delaware died Friday evening at Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus. He was born April 17, 1920 in Henderson, West Virginia to Lester D. and Bonnie (Mayes) Kanniard. He was a graduate of Radnor High School who served his country in the United States Army from 1944 until 1952 and was a manufacturing engineer for Sanders Inc. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles of Marion, NRA, American Legion, AMVets, and the VFW. He loved playing, writing, and singing music especially with his guitar. He was a member of Del’s Rhythm Riders and the Buckeye Ramblers Country Band that played throughout Delaware. In his younger years, he once played with Hank Snow. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and when younger snowmobiling at his chalet in Whitefield, New Hampshire. He was a member of the Crossroads Church of the Nazarene in Fulton and also enjoyed baking pies. He is survived by a daughter, Diana (Jeffrey) Bezanson of Boxborough, Massachusetts; 4 sons, Lawrence (Sharon) Kanniard of Camden Wyoming, Delaware, Kenneth Kanniard of Oceanside, California, Roger D. (Robin) Kanniard of Littleton, Massachusetts, and Randy (Kathryn) Kanniard of Maynard, Massachusetts; 14 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren; 7 sisters, Va Thompson of Sarasota, Florida, Marguerite Stone of Kent, Ohio, Vicki Forestor of Belleflower, California, Geraldine Douglas of Delaware, Wilma Hess of Delaware, Patricia Spriggs of Delaware, and Darlene Fowler of Ashley; 3 brothers, Lester Kanniard of Delaware, Ronald Kanniard of Cardington, and Donald Kanniard of Ashley; good friend, Norma Lee Jones of Mt. Gilead. He was preceded in death by 2 brothers Jim and Gene Kanniard. The family will receive friends on Tuesday December 4th from 2 – 4 and 6 – 8 pm at the Rodman Neeper Funeral Home, Delaware and where funeral services will be held on Wednesday December 5th at 10:00 am with Rev. Joyce Burgess officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery with the Delaware County Veterans Association providing military honors at graveside. The family will then host a reception in the Rodman Neeper Funeral Home Community Room immediately following the graveside services. Condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting