Rev. Reuben F. Delo is my gg-grandfather. My g-grandfather was George W. Delo (1858 -1925); my grandfather was Harry W. Delo (1889 - 1973); and my father was Merle E. Delo (1914 - 1959). Reuben was the last child (the 14th line) of George M.. Delo. Reuben was 5' 8" tall, fair complexion, black hair, and grey eyes.
He was born in Beaver Township, Clarion Co., Pennsylvania. He attended public school and preparatory school in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, and college at Wittenberg College in Springfield, Ohio. He graduated from Wittenberg in 1852, and on June 6, 1852, he was licensed by the Miami Synod as a Lutheran minister. Later that year, he began preaching in Greenville, Ohio. He met Margaret C. Munn (1835 - ?) in Greenville and on December 26, 1854, her father, the Reverend C. A. Munn, married them at his home.
The family lived in Albion, Indiana for ten years. Reuben and Margaret had four children: James n. Delo (1856 - ?); George W. Delo (1858 - 1925); Eva E. Delo (1861 - ?); and Albert Grant Delo (1867 - 1932).
At the age of 36, along with many of his brothers and cousins, he entered the Union Army. On September 24, 1861, he was commissioned as a Chaplin for the 30th Regiment, Indiana Fort Soldiers. While stationed at Camp Woods, he contracted chronic diarrhea. He never fully recovered from his ailment. He was in the battles of Shilo, Perryville, Stone River, Chicmamauga, and the Atlanta campaign. Reuben was discharged on September 24, 1864.
After the war, the family moved to Elkhart, Indiana to be closer to other family members. He preached at the Grace Methodist Church in Elkhart until 1870. That year, the family moved to Three rivers, Michigan, and in 1875, moved again to Brooksville, Ohio. In August of 1877, Reuben became the Financial Agent at Wittenberg College. In 1887, due to his poor health, he moved to a little ranch near the Sange de Cristo mountains in Salida, Chaffee Co., Colorado. He died in Salida in 1897, from a combination of kidney failure and stroke.
In addition to his other accomplishments, during his life he organized eleven congregations, built four churches, was Secretary, Treasurer and President (three times) of the North Indiana Synod. A detailed obituary about his life was printed by the Lutheran Observer, Denver, Colorado, with a picture of Reuben, showing his distinguished long, white beard. The article was written by Reverend C. W. Heisler, a relative.
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