William Francis “Bill” Delaney, 82, of Jacksonville Beach, Florida, formerly of Peoria, Illinois and Baring, Missouri, passed away Sunday, March 19, 2017, at the Ponte Vedra Palms in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
Bill was born near Baring, Missouri on September 14, 1934, the son of William Nicholas and Grace Cecilia Kurth Delaney.
He attended Kiley Rural School, Baring Elementary and graduated from Baring High School in the Class of 1952. Bill continued his education at the University of Missouri, in Columbia, Missouri, with a degree in Agricultural Engineering and was a member of the Farmhouse Fraternity.
He worked as a test engineer for Caterpillar Tractor Company in East Peoria, Illinois, until serving his country in the United States Army, after which he was transferred to Phoenix, Arizona with Caterpillar.
On August 26, 1960, in Phoenix, Arizona Bill married Marjorie Ann Smith of Rutledge, Missouri.
In 1965, Bill and Margie returned to East Peoria, Illinois, in the Germantown Hills Area, to raise their family for the next forty-eight years. He was a member of the Germantown Hills Elementary school board, he served in the Germantown Hills Volunteer Fire Department, and was a coach and board member of the Germantown Hills Little League. In 1994 William retired from Caterpillar after 37 years. Post retirement he was a volunteer tax preparer for those in need of tax filing assistance.
William and Marjorie traveled often but always returned in the summers to Missouri, visiting friends and family in the area every year. In 2013 William and Marjorie relocated to Jacksonville Beach, Florida to be closer to family and where William enjoyed walking the beach daily and attending soccer games.
Bill is survived by his wife, Margie Delaney of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida; three sons and daughters-in-law, Scott and Maureen Delaney of Phoenix, Arizona, Greg and Lisa Delaney of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, and Drew and Mimi Delaney of Chandler, Arizona; grandchildren, Patrick, Margaret, Sara and Troy Delaney of Phoenix, Arizona, Ashley, Caitlin, and Callie Delaney of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, Tyler, Makaylah, Dalton and Keenan Delaney of Chandler, Arizona; two brothers, James “Jim” Delaney of Altamonte Springs, Florida, and Richard “Dick” Delaney of Glenmore, Pennsylvania; a sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Jim Taylor of Baring, Missouri; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Delaney of Edina, Missouri and Mary Delaney of Des Moines, Iowa; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Grace Delaney; a sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Ray Cahalan, a sister, Delores Delaney; two brothers, George Delaney and Robert “Bob” Delaney; and sisters-in-law, Mary Delaney and JoAnn Delaney.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 25, 2017, at the St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Baring, Missouri.
Visitation will be after 2:00 p.m., Friday, March 24, 2017, with the family receiving friends from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Doss Funeral Home in Edina, Missouri. A Prayer Service will be at 7:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Interment will be at the Pauline Cemetery in Rutledge, Missouri.
An expression of sympathy in memory of Bill Delaney may be left to advance Dr. Steven Attia’s sarcoma research at Mayo Clinic Florida or to the Sandhill Cemetery. A memorial may be left at or mailed to the Doss Funeral Home 208 N. 4th Street, Edina, Missouri 63537.