Delbert Duane Toben was born July 31, 1932, in Davison County to Anton and Ida (Brees) Toben. He attended schools in Mitchell and graduated from Mitchell High School in 1951. He entered the US Army in 1952, served in Korea and was discharged in 1954. On September 19, 1954, he married Margaret Stevens at the First United Methodist Church in Mitchell. He was employed at Swanson’s Plumbing and Heating in Mitchell, for over twenty years. He continued working for the Plumbing and Pipefitters Union in several states for a number of years until his retirement.
He was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church where he was an usher for several years and helped with Meals on Wheels, after his retirement. He enjoyed making wood model ships and airplanes and also traveling in the Black Hills and the western states.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret; four children: Robert Toben and wife, Sylvina of Sioux Falls; John Toben of Mitchell; Delbert Toben Jr. and wife, Lynn of Sioux Falls; Kathy Gebel and husband, Larry of Mitchell; one granddaughter, Tina Russell; four grandsons: Jesse Gebel, Cameron Toben, Philip Toben and Jake Toben; one step granddaughter, Shanegail Bagtila: two great-grandchildren, Isabelle and Mason Russell, one sister, Virginia Radel and husband, Don of Mitchell and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.