Alfred (Al) Marcel Delay

Alfred (Al) Marcel Delay, 98 of Olathe, Kansas passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 20, 2024.

Al was born November 23, 1925, in Terryville, Connecticut, where he graduated from Terryville High School. Soon after graduation, Al entered the military, where he fought in World War II, serving as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division. Al dutifully engaged in various battles, including the Battle of the Bulge in Bastogne, France, and was selected for General Eisenhower’s Honor Guard at the end of WWII.

After returning to the States, Al earned his Undergraduate degree at Parsons College and Master’s degree at Northeast Missouri State University. Al and Charlotte married November 23, 1952, where they set up residence in Brooklyn, Iowa. Al taught at various schools with most of his career spent in Stratford, Iowa, where he held several positions, last of which was high school principal.

After retiring, Al and Charlotte moved to Boone, Iowa, where they lived for many years. Al enjoyed staying active, regularly partook in past-times such as golf, bridge, hunting, reading, gardening, and socializing with friends.

He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Charlotte Delay, of Olathe, Kansas, his sister, Barbara (Bobbi) Fiorillo of Bristol, Connecticut, his sons, Marcel (Marty) Delay, of Dana, Iowa, Bradly (Brad) and Debra Delay of Olathe, Kansas and his daughter Christie and Brian Jarchow of Merritt Island, Florida.  Al also leaves behind five grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and many close family members and friends.

Al was proceeded in death by his parents Marcel and Louella Delay, his brother, Henry Delay and his sister, Carol Scoville.

Graveside Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, 2024, at the Lockridge Cemetery.  Military Honors will be conducted by the Henry County Honor Guard.  In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to VFW Post 817, 815 Keeler Street, Boone, Iowa 50036 or Crossroads Hospice Charitable Foundation, 10810 East 45th Street, Suite 300, Tulsa, Oklahoma. 74146. Please designate Lenexa, Kansas, as the receiving location.

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Murphy Funeral Home of Mt. Pleasant, is caring for his arrangements.