For work, church, community, he always delivered
Whether they were letters, flowers or meals for the elderly, it seemed as if Del Wygant never stopped delivering.“He would talk to anyone about anything,” his wife, Dorothy Wygant, said, adding that he’d be remembered for his “talkativeness. He just liked people.”
Adelbert “Del” C. Wygant of Oakmont died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in Canterbury Place Hospice, at 91. He had fallen, and was receiving cancer treatments. Mr. Wygant was a familiar sight to Oakmont residents, delivering letters as a postal carrier for nearly 30 years, his family said, before he retired at 55.
“He got to talk to everybody on his mail route,” said daughter Gloria Wendt. On his last route before retirement, Wygant said, her husband walked 13 miles a day.
When he retired from the post office, Mr. Wygant began a different type of delivery, flowers for Lorch Flora Shop and Bloomers Floral Studio in Oakmont.
“I think it just happened,” Wygant said. “The floral person asked him to do it because he knew he would do a good job, knowing the area.”
Mr. Wygant and his wife loved to travel across the country in a van that they converted into a camper, using a wooden frame for a bed, and other frames for a microwave and storage areas.“I wanted to be able to go from the driver’s seat to the back without having to get out in the rain or snow,” Wygant said. She said her husband enjoyed time at KOA campgrounds.
Mr. Wygant was a ham radio operator, a member of the North Hills Amateur Radio Club and member of the Allegheny County chapter of the Radio Emergency Associated Communication Teams organization, helping out with communications at bike races and walks. He was an EMT for the Plum volunteer fire department, and delivered for Meals on Wheels.
Mr. Wygant was superintendent of Sunday School in Oakmont Presbyterian Church, where he was a church elder, his family said.
Mr. Wygant is survived by his wife, Dorothy Wygant of Oakmont; daughters Gloria Wendt of Menasha, Wis., and Beth Guers of Roanoke, Va.; son Bruce Wygant of Winchester, Ky.; four grandchildren; a great-grandchild; sister Barbara Sullivan of San Diego; half brother Michael Wygant of El Cajon, Calif.; and half sister Carol McKinney of Fort Collins, Colo.
A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Nov. 22 in Oakmont Presbyterian Church, 415 Pennsylvania Ave., Oakmont. Arrangements are being handled by English Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Oakmont.
Bill Vidonic is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5621 or email@example.com.