Jimmie L. Delp
Jimmie L. Delp
  • January 16, 1927 - April 8, 2017
  • Lincoln, Nebraska

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Jimmie L. Delp, 90, of Lincoln, Nebraska passed away on April 8, 2017 at The Journey Hospice House surrounded by his loving family.

Jimmie was born on January 16, 1924, on a farm near Panama, Nebraska, to Everett and Lillian Delp. He grew up in Lincoln as well as living in several small surrounding towns. He graduated from Lincoln Northeast High School in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1944.

Jimmie married Patricia on November 22, 1944. To this union were born two sons; Sam and Jim, Jr. They were later divorced.

On January 16, 1945, Jimmie enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged in May, 1946. He served as a Master-At- Arms, also performing duties as a Pharmacist Mate, 1st Class and later as Pharmacists Mate, 3rd Class while stationed at Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego, California.

Jimmie married Marjorie Stover on September 25, 1954 in Hastings, Nebraska. To this union were born three sons; Douglas, Mark, and John. They lived in Lincoln, where they put down roots and made their home to raise their boys. In September 2016, Jimmie and Marjorie celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary; their marriage was a true testament to love and honor.

Jimmie’s career began in 1952 with selling cars for Duteau Chevrolet Company in Lincoln, Nebraska. He opened, owned, and operated a Packard and Studebaker new car dealership from 1953 to 1958.

Jimmie started Delp Auto Sales in 1963 and continued in the automobile business until 1992. During this time, Jimmie became part owner of a newly-formed car rental agency, U-Save Auto Rental, bringing hometown affordable car rentals to the market. Jimmie received several honors and awards of achievement for growing the company in the western half of the country.

In 1996, Jimmie sold his shares in U-Save Auto Rental and retired from the automobile industry to spend time traveling the country with his wife, Marjorie, in their motor home.

During his long career, Jimmie was the recipient of several honors and awards of achievement for his work with both U-Save Auto Rental and The National Independent Automobile Dealers Association, having served as the Secretary on the Executive Committee of the later for several years.

During this time, Jimmie helped organize the Nebraska Independent Automobile Dealers Association, serving on the Executive Committee for several years and as President in 1980, 1981, and 1985. He was recognized as the State Quality Dealer for the state of Nebraska in 1985 and 1986.

Due to his love of traveling the road in his motor home, Jimmie became interested in all aspects of that industry. He served as the President of the Spartan Chassis International Organization which is a division of the Family Motor Coach Association.

Jimmie was a member of the East Lincoln Lodge #210 AF & AM since 1991. He became a member of the Scottish Rite and the Sesostris Shrine in 1991. Jimmie spent several years transporting sick children from Lincoln to the children’s hospitals in Minneapolis on behalf of the Shrine.

Jimmie was honored as a Knight Commander of the Court of Honor (KCCH), with that rank being bestowed to him in 2010. Through the Scottish Rite, he also served as the Membership Chair for a program that provides treatment for children who cannot hear or speak.

Jimmie was a life-long member of St. James United Methodist Church, serving on their Church Council and as Chair of the Finance Committee for several years. Jimmie gave his heart to Jesus at a young age when he was active in the Dutch Reformed Church.

Jimmie was preceded in death by his parents, Everett and Lillian, and brother Ervin.

Jimmie is survived by his wife, Marjorie Delp of Lincoln, Nebraska; sons, Sam Delp of Scottsdale, Arizona; Jim Delp, Jr. of Redlands, California; Douglas (and wife, Cindy) Delp of North Platte, Nebraska; Mark (and wife, Julie) Delp of Lincoln, Nebraska; and John (and wife, Sandy) Delp of Lincoln, Nebraska; sister Dorothy Otoupalik of Lincoln, Nebraska; brothers-in- law Gerald Stover of Beatrice, Nebraska and Robert Stover of Wymore, Nebraska; 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; and other family and friends.

Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, April 17, 2017 at Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home, 6800 South 14th St Lincoln, Nebraska 68512.