Delbert (Tiny) Fish, 75, of Waukon, died Saturday, July 19, 2014, at home amidst family and friends from complications associated with ALS. Services were Wednesday, July 23, at the Waukon Banquet and Reception Center with Rob Brede officiating. Martin Funeral Home of Waukon handled the arrangements. Honorary casket bearers were Dick Christianson, Dale Donahue, Wayne Fish, Verle Fish, Bob Ingles, Floyd Ingles, Don Kleinschmidt and Les Stahl. Online condolences may be left at

Delbert Eugene Fish was born Sept. 15, 1938, in Waukon, the son of Fred and Doris (Decker) Fish. He was baptized at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Waukon. He attended school in Waukon. Following this he became an apprentice to his father Fred, owner of Fish Radio and TV Service in downtown Waukon. Delbert was drafted into the United States Army Sept. 6, 1961. He served for two years, spending 18 months stationed in Germany. He was honorably discharged Aug. 21, 1963. Delbert married Joyce (Meier) Fish at Zalmona Presbyterian Church, rural Waukon, Dec. 20, 1959.Their first child, Daniel Delbert, was born April 9, 1965. Their second child, Jesse John, was born Oct. 26, 1970. In 1965 the family moved to Waverly, where Delbert opened his own television repair business. In 1966, Delbert’s brother Virgil joined him as business partner, and together they operated Fish Brothers TV. In 1973 Delbert sold his half of the business to Virgil, and the family returned to northeast Iowa. They eventually settled on Jeglum Road near Waterville, where they resided for 22 years. In 1997 they relocated to Waukon. From a young age “Tiny” showed a gift for all things electronic or mechanical, as well as a love for the outdoors. He spent 30 years in this area making a living logging, roofing and painting. He enjoyed trapping, which he learned from his father-in-law, Rueben Meier of rural Waukon. Tiny trapped fox, mink, raccoon and coyote and sold the furs. He walked many miles in his life looking for ginseng to sell.  He joined friends to hunt deer over the years. He looked for morel mushrooms in the spring. He enjoyed gardening and canoeing. Tiny loved music, especially traditional country music, having grown up listening to his father Fred’s band, the Hillbilly Rhythm Boys.

Delbert is survived by his wife, Joyce of Waukon; his son, Jesse and Tanya (O’Connor) Fish of Waukon; grandchildren, Indigo and Isaac; sister, Joyce Fish of Waukon; an aunt, Sylvia Marti of Marion; sisters-in-law: Carole Fish of Waukon, Doris Fish of Athens, Ohio, Jan Fish of Waukon and Jean Fish of Oconomowoc, Wis.; brother-in-law Duane (Marian) Meier of Lansing; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his eldest son, Daniel, Sept, 1, 1979; his parents; his brothers Virgil, Harold, LeRoy and Ronald; and his father- and mother-in-law, Rueben and Ella (Sanderson) Meier.