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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Daisy Eigenbrood
   Posted Tue September 17, 2019

SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by Jake and Daisy Eigenbrood .

Our deepest sympathy, Jake and Daisy, Gary, the dog


Rick Borden
   Posted Fri September 20, 2019
A great man who will be missed by many. Red was an ambassador for, and living proof, of what caring for others means.
I will miss his smiling face, sitting in the crowd, watching a grandchild perform at a high school sporting event or tournament and having the chance to visit with he and Lois and their family.
May you be comforted by the countless memories formed over these many years.

Lynn Delecaris
   Posted Fri September 20, 2019
To Lois and the entire Delaney family. I'm so very sorry for your loss of red. I really liked red he was a pleasure to be around. Red will be truly missed around town and at the dinners at the senior center as well.

Karen Harris
   Posted Tue September 24, 2019
Dear Lois and family, You couldn't have had a better husband, father, or grandfather than Red. He was so kind, just the best of what a person should strive to be. I am so sorry for your loss.

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