Walter Delaney

Born: Sun., May 2, 1926
Died: Wed., Sep. 11, 2019


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Walter “Red” Delaney

ST. IGNATIUS, Montana – Walter “Red” Delaney, age 93, passed away in Missoula on September 11, 2019. He was born in St. Ignatius on May 2, 1926 and was raised with his three brothers and his sister in the Mission Valley near Post Creek. He took over the family ranch from his father in 1952.

Red married Lois Freshour on June 9, 1956 and was happily married for 63 years. They raised 4 children on the family ranch. Many young people of that era tell stories of the hard work in the hay fields and the lessons learned from witnessing his phenomenal work ethic. He had a passion for sports, specifically basketball, where he played, coached, and was an MOA basketball official. He attended every sporting event in support of his children and grandchildren.

Red was connected with many of his extended family, friends, and community through his other interests. For 50+ years he bowled on The Malt Shop team, hunted in the Spotted Bear, and enjoyed playing poker with his friends. He served on the Blackfoot Telephone Board and St. Ignatius School Board. He was a master gardener and known throughout the valley for keeping an immaculate yard.

He is survived by his wife, Lois; his sons, Tim (Karen) and daughter, Hanna; Stan (Sheri) and children, Stephen, Tyler, Michael & Allie; Doug (Liz) and children, Michaela, Chris and Megan; Kay Faust (Ron) and children, Stephanie (Jeff), Sam (Rachel) and Louis. This last year he and Lois were blessed with two great grandchildren, Thea and Archie.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2019 starting at 11:00am at the United Methodist Church, Hwy 93, top of Post Creek Hill.                        

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