Delano Wasson


Delano Dwan Wasson, 81, of Columbus, died Thursday, December 1, 2016, at 12:09 a.m. at Columbus Regional Hospital.

Mr. Wasson was born September 23, 1935, in the hills by Herod, Illinois, to Arthur Everett Wasson and Reba Etta (Johnson) Wasson.

He married Barbara Ann Trost in a garden wedding at his parents’ home in Hammond, Indiana, on June 26, 1955.

He attended Indiana University and Moody Bible College.

Mr. Wasson often stated that the two most important decisions he had made in life was receiving Jesus as his personal Savior on May 9, 1958, and meeting and marrying Barbara.

Early in his professional career he worked in accounting and information technology at Inland Steel and Cummins. He always said that one of his most enjoyable employment experiences was becoming general manager of the first McDonald’s franchise in the state, in Hammond, Indiana. For the second half of his career, he and Barbara owned and operated Green Barn USA, a retail and wholesale produce company which was headquartered in Columbus.

Mr. Wasson was an active member of Parkside Baptist Church and served on many community committees and boards since moving to Columbus with his family from Hammond in 1969.

Visitation will be at Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home in Columbus, Indiana, on Monday, December 5, from 4 to 8 p.m. The funeral service will be conducted at Jewell-Rittman Funeral Home on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. by Pastor Jerry Day Sr. and Dr. William Bailey. The burial service will be held later that week at Bethesda Baptist Church in Herod, Illinois, on property that was donated by Mr. Wasson’s great-great-grandparents and where many of his ancestors are buried.

He was proceeded in death by his parents; a sister, Janiece Ashworth; and an infant sister, Gleta.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Wasson; brother, Dennis (Martha) Wasson; children, Timothy (Debra) Wasson, Jeffrey (Patricia) Wasson, Jerome (Kimberly) Wasson, Beth (Glen) Haegele and Shawn (Tiffiny) Wasson; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.