Delmer L. Toebben

Delmer L. Toebben

July 1, 1930 – September 26, 2022

Delmer L. Toebben was born and raised in Arlington, Nebraska and graduated from Arlington High School in 1948. He attended the University of Nebraska, Lincoln where he was a member of Beta Sigma Psi Fraternity and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 1952. Del served in the United States Army in Korea, was recognized with a Meritorious Service Award and completed his active duty in August of 1954.

He pursued graduate studies at UNL in 1954-1955 and married Phyllis (Kort) Toebben in November of 1955. He joined Wiebe Enterprises in 1955, then Valmont Industries, Inc and eventually purchased Curzon Advertising and Display where he served as President until his retirement in 1999.

He served as President of the American Cancer Society and Combined Health Agency Drive (CHAD) and served on Higher education Boards at Concordia University, Nebraska and Methodist College in Omaha. He also served on numerous business, non-profit and church boards, many as an officer.

He was the recipient of the Ralston Area Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year, Ak-Sar-ben Centennial Jubilee award, Ak-Sar-Ben Court of Honor and the Crest of Christ from Concordia University. He was inducted into the Arlington (NE) Education Hall of Fame and is a Paul Harris Fellow +8 in Rotary.

Survived by wife, Phyllis (Kort); daughter, Jennifer Toebben; sons: Scott Toebben (Mary Deluccia) and Mark Toebben (Alice Robertson); grandchildren: Meredith Toebben, Emma Christie (Ben), Spencer Link, Christian Toebben, Tylerann Cairns.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, October 9th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel.  SERVICES: Monday, October 10th at 10:30am, Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 7706 S. 96th St. in La Vista.  Family Interment: Forest Lawn Memorial Park.  To view a live broadcast of the Service, please visit and click the “View Live Cast” button at the top of the home page.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Concordia University, or Hope Center for Kids.


  • Mark Ellsworth Posted September 27, 2022 5:05 pm

    To Phyllis and family:
    I was deeply saddened today to hear of Del’s passing. I knew Del through Omaha West Rotary. He always struck me as a kind and caring person – the traits of the true Rotarian he was. Del & your entire family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Rest in peace, Del.
    Mark Ellsworth

  • Kurth Brashear Posted September 27, 2022 7:35 pm

    I count myself blessed to be among the many who had the opportunity to work with Del. A generous and friendly soul who sincerely cared about people, he was a gift to so many. He now sees his faith and I pray that provides comfort and peace to Phyllis, Del’s family, and his many friends.

  • Dick Sturgeon Posted September 28, 2022 6:48 am

    Del was a wonderful person and he will be deeply missed. I was lucky to call him my friend,

  • Timothy Haight Posted September 28, 2022 7:14 am

    So sorry to hear of Del’s passing. He was a remarkable man, a terrific friend and actor. Wendy and I enjoyed knowing him and performing with him—those memories bring smiles to our faces. Peace and love to Phyllis, the children and grandchildren.

    Tim and Wendy Haight

  • Kathy Pingel Posted September 28, 2022 7:43 am

    I did not know Del only having met him a couple of times, but I know his profound impact on my great friends, Mark, Alice and Meredith. His influence produced loving, artistic, altruistic souls and I am grateful for them every day..

  • Jeanette E Laitner Posted September 28, 2022 10:54 am

    I am deeply saddened to hear of Del’s oassing, but I know he is now with the Lord. My sincere condolences to the family. May you find comfort in the many fond memories you share. Since I now live in Phoenix I’m sorry to say I won’t be able to attend the funeral, but I will be there in thought and prayers.

  • PAUL RUSSO Posted September 28, 2022 11:41 am

    Dear Phyllis, Mark, & the entire Toebben family: My heartfelt sincerest condolences on the passing of such a remarkable, thoughtful and caring gentleman, who was my father Archie’s best buddy in the military. I knew Del (and Phyllis) by monthly phone calls after my dads passing nearly 2 years ago.
    Truly a blessing to share so many wonderful conversations that will last a lifetime of memories.
    As Del would say, “blessings” to you. .

  • David Schoen Posted September 28, 2022 12:23 pm

    Phil, so sad to hear of Del’s passing. He was much loved and admired.He was so kind and generous and welcoming to me. Love Ya David

  • Tim Neal Posted September 28, 2022 1:55 pm

    I knew Del when I worked for the Boy Scouts and then for 33 years as a member of West Omaha Rotary. Del was a great leader and community minded. He will be missed. Our prayers are with the Toebben family!

  • Derrin Hansen Posted September 28, 2022 3:24 pm

    Phyllis and family,

    Was fortunate to be around Del in some fundraising settings. His personality, smile, and laugh were infectious. I was blessed to be around him as much as I was. Prayers to your family. May he Rest In Peace.

  • Rev. Dr. J. Dirk Reek Posted September 28, 2022 4:24 pm

    “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful over a little. I will make you faithful over much. Enter into the joy of your master.” Dwaine now has almost the full complement of his choir around him to add to the singing of the angels.
    Our deepest sympathy and the strength and triumph of Easter to you all….Dirk and Barb

  • Stacy Hughes Posted September 28, 2022 7:40 pm

    A valuable member of the Bull & Bears; he will be missed

  • Barbara Boicourt Posted September 29, 2022 6:20 pm

    Dear Phyllis and Family,
    I was so very saddened to hear about Del’s passing.
    I have so many fond memories of him from working at Curzon. He was a fantastic boss and a true friend as well as the rest of your family. Office parties at Anthony’s, going to Husker games, telling funny stories at break time, and yes, even being entertained when he was practicing his parts for the theatre.
    He will be hugely missed by all who knew him, but he will always be remembered in our hearts.
    Love, Barbara

  • Jim and Jeanie Felten Posted October 8, 2022 1:46 am

    We are saddened by the news of our dear friend , Del who we knew from our days in Ralston and at Beautiful Savior church. He and wife, Phyllis were great role models to many. Del was a great leader on church committees with Jim. Sympathy to the 3 grown Toebben children and their families. Go Huskers our son, Scott would say to Del and Phyllis at the games and they would say the same and ask about us. We have moved from AZ. to OK. now to be closer to Scott and his family. Joy and family are still in Upstate N.Y. Focus on the good times and great memories and know that all of you are in our thoughts and prayers for Peace and Happiness until we meet again. Jim and Jeanie Felten

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