Bernard H. (Pop) Dell

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Bernard "Bernie" H. (Pop) Dell
1927 - 2017
Bernard (Bernie) H. Dell ("Pop") peacefully went home to be with the Lord September 9, 2017 as a result of complications from his years-long affliction with dementia.
Pop was born December 4, 1927 in St. Louis, Missouri to William and Elizabeth Dell. He enlisted in the Army after high school and while he was very proud of being in the Army he laughed at the inauspiciousness of it all as he suffered a freak accident during basic training and spent the remainder of his Army experience in the hospital.
Pop was an electronics engineer earning his undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis, his Master's Degree from Ohio State and was finishing up his doctorate at U.C.L.A. when the birth of his daughter put an end to that! He never complained though!!
Pop met the love of his life, Doris Onkst, while both of them were working at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. He saw her playing the piano at church and said to himself, "That's the woman I'm going to marry" and he did! They were married June 26, 1953.
Almost immediately thereafter he became part of the newly formed TRW, Inc., relocating to Southern California to be part of the country's space program, including inventing the receiver that transmitted messages from spacecraft to NASA and back (the receiver is now housed in the Smithsonian - pretty cool!) In 1970 Pop moved his family to Colorado Springs where he opened/ managed the manufacturing plant TRW C.E.I. (Colorado Electronics, Inc.) for several years. He later transferred back to TRW in California before retiring in 1990, and he and Mother then moved back to the Springs. He was very proud of his career with TRW but what tickled him most was the look on other employee's faces when they saw his #34 badge/employee number in a company that now numbers well over 100,000 employees!
Pop was a life-long follower of Jesus Christ with a deep and abiding faith that informed all that he was and did in this life. He taught himself Greek so that he could understand and apply Scripture even better as he grew in his faith. While lovingly caring for Mother during her 6-1/2 year battle with ovarian cancer he wrote (and got published at 80 years old!) "A Layman's Guide to the Book of Revelation" - what an amazing man!
While Pop was quite the intellectual and deep-thinker, he also was a man of great whimsy, with a huge joy for life, wonderfully optimistic outlook, cheery disposition, natural curiosity about everything (and I do mean EVERYTHING), thoroughly interested in you and whatever you were doing, avid reader and incredibly kind, generous and grateful, to the very end.
Pop will be remembered for his deep faith and his desire that all know the loving and saving grace of Jesus Christ, his deep love and devotion to his wife and to his children, grand-children and great-grandchildren and his insatiable love of ice cream, ice cream and more ice cream!!!
Pop leaves behind his daughter Cindy (Jerry) Sparks of Colorado Springs, grandson Andrew (Lexie) and great- grandchildren Breckham and Jettie of Amarillo, Texas , granddaughter Kelly Rose (Zach) and great-grandchild due in December of Colorado Springs, along with his son Dave Dell (Lynne) of Niwot, Colorado, grandson Alex Dell (Taylor) of Corning, New York and granddaughter Emma Dell of Berlin, Germany. He also leaves his brother, Frank (Kathy) Dell, of Brentwood, California along with numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.
Pop's family especially wants to express their eternal gratitude for the incredibly loving and personal care that was extended to him during his 5 year stay at ViewPointe, as well as the tremendous care and support provided by Pikes Peak Hospice over these last several months. We were truly blessed by all of you.
Visitation will be held at Evergreen Funeral Home, 1830 East Fountain Blvd., Colorado Springs, Friday, September 15th from 4:00-7:00pm. Graveside services will take place in London, Kentucky where Pop will be buried next to Mother.
In lieu of flowers, recall a fond memory of Pop and have a scoop of ice cream in his honor!!

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Evergreen Funeral Home
1830 East Fountain Blvd.
Colorado Springs, CO 80910
(719) 475-8303
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Published in The Gazette on Sept. 13, 2017
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