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  • I first met Del when…
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  • A lesson I learned from Del was…

Shared Memories

  • Greatest of All Time

    February 20, 2021 by

    Del was the GOAT for many years when you wanted ceremonies questions answered or anything OA. Great man to talk to and a great servant leader. RIP Del. Your job on earth is finished. – Jeffrey Ansley

  • Tough but great teacher

    February 19, 2021 by

    When I was a youth I dreaded having Del show up at Conclave as he always judged the Ceremonies Competition. No matter how much you worked on your skills the perception was that he was never satisfied and one could never do anything he liked. Years later I came to realize that Del was always… Read more

  • West is Best

    February 19, 2021 by

    What an amazing servant. Del has influenced so may arrowmen. West is best because of Del. – Billy Walley

  • Endless Devotion

    April 14, 2020 by

    I first met Del when he was the advisor to the T’Kope Kwis Kwis Order of the Arrow Lodge. Del was always present providing us with much needed direction and, in my case, correction. I appreciate his endless devotion to scouting and no doubt he has helped myriads of boys to become young men of… Read more

  • Leadership Training

    March 8, 2020 by

    I first met Del when I attend Junior Leader Training in the early 60’s. He was my Scoutmaster for Den Beard Rangers Troop #7. I was a member of the Nearsighted Nighthawks Patrol. Were worked together for many years with Order of the Arrow. -Jerry Jazbec

  • Teacher of the arts

    March 8, 2020 by

    I meet Del as a teenager through Matt Johnstone. I was lucky enough to be able to join them while attending theatre in Seattle. Those evening always included dinner, a show, and a sharing of his wisdom and knowledge. The kindness, generosity, and wisdom he showed others was amazing to experience. He instilled in me… Read more

  • March 2, 2020 by

    I first met Del Loder when I moved to Washington state in 1985 and joined the Chief Seattle Council. Del was a font of information about the history and all other aspects of the Order of the Arrow. He was also a great mentor for me while I was an Associate Chapter advisor, while I… Read more

  • Uniforms, Inspiration & Baden-Powell

    December 7, 2019 by

    I first met Del at an Order of the Arrow function when I was a teenage Scout. That’s not surprising because Del was profoundly dedicated to the O/A and eventually received the O/A’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. Back when I met Del he was still a young Scoutmaster in his 20s. Though Del could be… Read more

  • Fond Memories

    December 7, 2019 by

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Del’s loved ones. I met Del when I joined the Order of the Arrow and become the Chapter Chief of the Klahanie Chapter representing what is the Polaris District today. I have many fond memories of Del from those days when I was a youth leader continuing to… Read more

  • An Inspiration

    November 30, 2019 by

    I remember his speech at the 2009 NOAC. I was very moved by the speech, and I look it up occasionally on youtube. I did have a chance to meet him at the 2012 NOAC founders day event. I saw him walking and I knew exactly who it was. My lodge (Wagion Lodge 6) were… Read more

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