Delvin M. “Sonny” Dawdy, 70, of Sioux City, died Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, in Omaha.
Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Waterbury Funeral Service of Sioux City, 4125 Orleans Ave. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will start at noon Wednesday at the funeral home.
Delvin “Sonny” Dawdy was born on Jan. 18, 1948, delivered by his grandfather on a family farm in Oto, Iowa, to James and Leola Dawdy (Houle). Sonny and Melody spent 40 years together and made it official on Aug. 30, 1996.
Sonny worked for the family-owned business, Dawdy Truck Line, most of his young life. Sonny was a contractor vendor for Union Pacific Railroad for a number of years. His most recent endeavor was owning his company, Melody’s Sidedump Services, which he proudly drove himself. At a young age, Sonny built and raced his own race car, and according to him, he came in first every race. He was an avid bowler in his early age and enjoyed boating.
Sonny enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Sonny was the best father; he enjoyed attending Jamie’s school activities and dance recitals. He was very proud when Jamie graduated from Drake Law School. He was proud that his daughter, Kimmie served in the Army, that his son, Delvin Jr. owns his own plumbing business and with his daughter, Michealine’s attempt to get her teaching degree before she passed. He was a good role model to his stepchildren, Robbie, Mindy and Marci, teaching them hard work gets you anything in life. Sonny frequently visited Siouxland bars, and when Sonny drank, we all drank. His favorite saying was, “just one more.” Once you met Sonny, you had a friend for life.
Survivors include his wife, Melody; his children, Jamie Dawdy (Todd Maguire) of Des Moines, Delvin Jr. (Dana) of Colorado, Kimberly Gifford (Jerry) of Colorado, Robbie Hasler (Shawna), Mindy Thompson (Scott) of Oklahoma, and Marci Henshaw (Todd) of Sioux City; brothers, Patrick, Michael and Mark Dawdy; sisters, Donna Stabile, Pamela (Wayne) Prestage and Debbie Dawdy of Sioux City. 21 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.
Sonny was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Michealine; and brothers, Gene and Matthew.