Victor A. DeLay Sr., 82, of Lincoln, formerly of Falls City and Nebraska City, died on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009 at the Lancaster Manor in Lincoln.


Victor A. DeLay Sr., 82, of Lincoln, formerly of Falls City and Nebraska City, died on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009 at the Lancaster Manor in Lincoln.He was born in his grandparents’ home in Atkinson, Neb., on June 19, 1927, the son of John and Gladys DeLay.  On July 18, 1945 he married Edna P. Hershey.

He graduated from Red Bluff, Calif., High School and Bayles College of Omaha, where he studied telegraphy and railroad accounting.  He served in the United States Navy from 1942 to 1944 as a cook.  He also took courses in ministry.

He worked for the Missouri Pacific Railroad and Union Pacific Railroad for 40 years.
The last 17 years he served as a traveling mobile agent to many stations in Kansas and Nebraska.  Prior to this he painted high bridges and smokestacks for Western Pacific.

Victor DeLay was a member of the Church of Nazarene in Falls City.  He enjoyed playing the guitar and singing.  He knew over 500 Christian hymns and enjoyed writing hymns and country songs.

He was preceded in death by five brothers:  Ray, Joe, John, George and Darrell. 

He is survived by his wife, Edna, of Lincoln; sons Victor DeLay and wife Sandy of Cookeville, Tenn., Dan DeLay and wife Carol of Dunwoody, Ga., Roger DeLay of Lincoln, and Robert DeLay and wife Susan of Lincoln; daughters Shirley Farmer and husband Doug of Lincoln, Sandy Shigley of Pensacola, Fla., Linda Stoner of Lincoln, and Christine Williams and husband Randy of Ponca City, Okla.; 18 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; sisters Betty Jobe and husband Wendell of Carmel, Calif., and Barbara Birchfield and husband Elwood of Fresno, Calif.;  sister-in-law Barbara DeLay of Napa Valley, Calif.; other family and friends.

He enjoyed camping trips to big lakes with his wife and children and fishing in area lakes. He volunteered to preach for nine years in two nursing homes.

Memorials are suggested to the family.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 28, at the Gude Mortuary in Nebraska City with Rev. Joyce Elliott officiating; burial will follow at Wyuka Cemetery in Nebraska City with complete military honors conducted by the U.S. Navy Funeral Honors Detail.

To leave a condolence, visit www.gudefuneralhomes.com.

Gude Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.