Pat J. Delaney, 81, of Waukon, Iowa, formerly of Milford, Iowa, died on April 22 at his home in Waukon. Funeral services will be held Friday, April 26 at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon, with Fr. Joseph Schneider officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery, Milford, on Saturday at 11 a.m. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon, where there will be a 4 p.m. scripture service.
Patrick James Delaney was born March 7, 1932, in Lake Park, Iowa, the son of Francis and Pauline (Grismer) Delaney. His mother died when he was seven years old, and Francis then married Louise Jung when Pat was nine years old. He graduated in 1950 from Excelsior Consolidated School in Lake Park, and then helped his father on the farm.
Pat entered the U.S. Army in January 1953 and was sent to Korea, serving with the 44th Engineering Battalion. He was awarded a bronze star and was honorably discharged in 1954. On Jan. 10, 1955, Pat married Norma Jean Rouse of Spirit Lake, Iowa; they had two sons, Joe and Bill. On June 10, 1977, he married Connie White of Waukon, and adopted her son Jeremy. Pat farmed near Lakefield, Minn., for several years and then joined the Lake Park Bank as a loan officer until 1968. He then joined Farmers & Merchants Bank in Waukon as a loan officer. In 1976, he purchased Allamakee Realty in Waukon. Pat also owned Northeast Iowa Land Company until he sold it in the 1990s. He continued to be active in real estate and agriculture until his death.
Pat was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon. Being a veteran was very important to him, and he was also a member of the Waukon VFW. Pat loved the outdoors: hiking the Allamakee County woods and Mississippi River bluffs, fishing the boundary waters of Canada, vacationing in the north woods of Wisconsin and taking fishing trips to northern Minnesota with his sons. Pat lived in many areas, but fell in love with northeast Iowa after moving there. Having a great sense of humor, Pat loved to kid people and also appreciated humor in others. He also had an interest in both modern and ancient history. Mostly, Pat enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.
Pat is survived by his three sons, Joe (Linda) of Dubuque, Iowa, Bill (Kelly) of Waukon and Jeremy (Jessica) of Decorah, Iowa; nine grandchildren, Kate, Jack, Quinton, Alyssa, Ryan, Skye, Storme, Ashley and Aana; and his longtime special friend, Roberta "Bobbie" Becker of Waukon.
He was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother, Louise; and his brother, Terry Delaney.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Avenue of Flags, care of the Allamakee County Veterans Affairs.
Online condolences may be left at www.martinfunerals.com.