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Date published: 9/22/2012

Delmer Ison

Delmer "Del" Ison, 91, went to join his Lord in Heaven on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, at his home surrounded by his family.

Del was born July 21, 1921, to Grant and Mary Ison of Oscaloosa, Ky.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He received his J.D. from the University of Kentucky.

He married Ellen Brashears on Oct. 28, 1942. She preceded him in death in 1994.

In 1960, Del started working as risk manager for DC Transit, which later became Metro. He retired from Metro after 26 years.

He married Ramona McGuire Wilmoth on Dec. 28, 1996, in Reston, and they moved to Lake of the Woods in 2000. He was a member of the New Life in Christ Church in Fredericksburg.

Del enjoyed golfing, bowling and dancing. He was an avid fan of the Kentucky Wildcats and the Washington Redskins.

Survivors include his wife, Ramona; son Douglas Ison; daughter Kathy Ison; stepdaughter Martha Kleder; brother Glennon Ison; sisters Alva Frazier, Gracie Boggs, Eula Gilliam and Doris Day; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Del was preceded in death by daughter Sheila Wellstone; son-in-law Sen. Paul Wellstone; granddaughter Marcia Wellstone; four brothers; and three sisters.

A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, at Laurel Hill Funeral Home in Spotsylvania County, with visitation beginning at noon.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, at Columbia Gardens in Arlington.

Donations may be made in Del's name to the American Cancer Society at cancer.org.

Online condolences may be made at laurelhillfuneral home.com.