Thomas Delaney

Thomas Edward Delaney

Tuesday, February 27th, 1940 - Tuesday, February 16th, 2021
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Thomas Edward Delaney, 80, of Columbia City, passed away Tuesday, Feb 16 at home. He had been in failing health for 5 months. Tom was born Feb 27, 1940 to Edward and Alice (Thomas) Delaney in Fort Wayne. He attended St Jude School and graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1958. Tom attended St Joseph College and graduated from the GE Tool and Die Apprentice School and Purdue University. Tom served 12 years in the Indiana Air National Guard. Tom’s first marriage was to Linda Hughes in 1966. To this union were born Laura (Scott) Schroeder of Clarksville, TN; Thomas (Elizabeth) of Charlotte, NC, Michele (Michael) Herald of Fort Wayne and Andrew (Jennifer) of Fort Wayne. In 1981 Tom was married to Kelly Davenport and to this union were born Ian (Megan) of Fort Wayne and William of Columbia City. Tom was a career-long Manufacturing Engineer; retired from Raytheon in 1999 and worked as a Private Contractor for several years. He enjoyed his retirement very much - making friends everywhere he ran errands. He simply never met a stranger, always trying to learn names and secretly hoping each person would tease him back. He was rarely disappointed. In recent years he was Kelly’s “Man Friday” at Davenport Tax Service Inc, where he will be sorely missed. Tom was the Indiana President of the Raccoon River Watershed Association and took great pleasure in being the President of the Thomas Family Reunion. Tom is survived by his best friend and wife of 39 years, Kelly Davenport; his 6 children; 8 grandchildren, Zachary (Emily) Schroeder of Fort Drum, NY, Alexandra Delaney of Charlotte, NC, Michael and Patrick Herald of Fort Wayne, Elise and Nolan Delaney of Fort Wayne, Eleanor Delaney of Fort Wayne, and Daniel Delaney of Columbia City; two brothers, James (Nan) Delaney of Fort Wayne and Michael (Dell Radcliffe) Delaney of Des Moines, IA; and a host of brothers and sisters-in-law and nieces and nephews. Tom was preceded in death by his parents and granddaughter Abigail Delaney. Tom and Kelly would like to thank Visiting Nurse, his caregivers Shannon Case, Karen Kyler; and Carole Krizon, Betsy Kille and Debbie Meek at DTS Inc. You made this work! Tom died as a result of smoking for 60 years. COPD devastated his lungs. Please quit smoking. Tom delighted in saying ”Everyone brings light into the room – some by entering, some by leaving.” Heaven just got a bit brighter. A private family Mass of Christian Resurrection will be held at St. Jude Catholic Church at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family gratefully requests Memorial Donations to WBOI (Northeast Indiana Public Radio), Raccoon River Watershed Association or to St Jude “Adopt a Student” Scholarship Fund. To sign the online guestbook, go to
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Vince and Marty LaBarbera

Posted at 02:10pm
Dear Jim and Nan, and family,

Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers. May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.


Vince and Marty LaBarbera

Drew Racine

Posted at 08:59am
Tom was such a nice man, even to young kids. I remember when he gave me a ride in his brand new GTO. WOW! May he rest in peace. Heartfelt condolences to Jim, Mike, and Tom's family.

--Drew Racine-/

Fr. John H. Delaney

Posted at 05:53am
As I was reading the morning paper, the last name immediately caught my eye and when I saw St. Jude, I knew Tom had to be a brother to Jim (and Nan). Tom’s story is so beautifully written giving a wonderful understanding of what a great guy he was to so many people. My sincere sympathy to the family at this time of loss; prayers for Tom and you.

Earlene and Jeremy Alexander

Posted at 08:11pm
We are so sorry for your loss Kelly. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Mary Martinez Posted at 03:00pm

Kelly and families May God be with you and yours and many prayers for all. I only met Tom a few times but he was always so nice. That was a great memorial and tribute to Tom. COPD is such a hard and unforgiving disease not only to Tom but also to those who loved him. May God wrap his arms around you and comfort all of you. Many prayers are coming your way.

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