Nicholas W. Delzeit's death notice.
And Then Death Came KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP)— The home of Joseph H. and Barbara Donelson was quiet, but tense, as the first hour of Thursday passed. Death hovered near. On the first floor sun porch lay Nicholas W. Delzeit, 89, Mrs. Donelson's Donelson's father. Since 1951, when he retired from his farm, he had lived with Joe and Barbara. Most of that time Delzeit was in a wheel chair or on crutches. Near Death Several Times Since June, he had been bedfast. bedfast. Several times in July he almost almost died, and Wednesday night a priest administered last rites. That night at dinner, Joe said: "When grandpa passes away we will take a two-month vacation." Joe went to bed. A 50-year-old carpenter foreman, he had become become ill on the job Monday, and had been taking it easy at home. Mrs. Donelson, two sisters, a daughter and a son-in-law sat in! the kitchen, sipping coffee. "I heard a sound like a venetiai blind being snapped shut fast,' Mrs. Donelson told police later. Gun In His Hand "I walked into the living room and he (Joe) was standing then with the gun in his hand. "He handed it to me and said 'Here, I done it. Call the police. 1 On the porch", Delzeit was dead From a shotgun wound in the head. " Donelson. told police he couldn' remember anything after he wen to bed Wednesday night He wa j taken to jail. No charges have been filed. _ of J. In In 19. sas, Saline In