Delaney left mark on region
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado Diane Delaney remembers that her dad was a lot of fun.Others will remember that Robert Bob Delaney was an icon and a very special person in Glenwood Springs.Bob Delaney passed away on Saturday, Aug. 2, at his home in Glenwood Springs after a battle with cancer. He was 91.Bob Delaney was a native of the area his mom, Anne (Carbrey) Delaney was a school marm and his dad, James Delaney, was a rancher in Meeker. Bob was born on March 13, 1917, at the familys ranch on the lower White River.He was from pioneer stock, Diane recalled of her father. He rode to school on a horse to a one-room school house.Bob graduated from Meeker High School and went to the University of Denver and Westminster Law School before joining the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Denver until he was stationed in Alaska where he went into the Army Air Corps and served until the end of World War II.When he returned, he married Connie Wheat of Los Angeles on July 24, 1946. Her family was kind of taken aback that she married an impoverished young lawyer, Diane recalled. But he was amazed that this beautiful young woman would marry him.The couple moved to Glenwood Springs and settled in a small cottage on the outskirts of the city.Bob Delaney went to work for his uncle, Frank Delaney, and in 1948 Bob was elected District Attorney of the 9th Judicial District, where he served for 12 years. He also had a civil law partnership with Kenneth Balcomb, starting the firm of Delaney & Balcomb in 1953, which lasted for 40 years.Dad also served as counsel to the Colorado River District and the Middle Park Water Conservancy District, a Pitkin County Attorney for more than 20 years and as city attorney for Glenwood Springs in the early 1950s, Diane said.Bob Delaney was also general counsel and a corporate officer for Mid-Continent Minerals, president of the Redstone Corporation and Oak Meadow Development Company as well as Mid-Continent Resources, Mid-Continent Coal and Coke Co., Carbondale Mine Services and Pitkin Iron Corporation. He also served on the board of directors of the Central Bank Corporation and First National Bank in Aspen.Bob Delaney worked until his late 80s just two years ago. Connie Delaney died in 2004.Dad was definitely a workaholic, but he would come home for lunch with mom and hed drive us to Sunday school, Diane recalled. We had a very traditional family. Mom raised us and on Sunday mornings, dad would make us biscuits and very good ones.Along with Diane, Bob Delaney is survived by his sons, Rob Delaney and Ralph (Betty) Delaney.Scott McInnis, a Glenwood Springs native, former congressman and longtime family friend, remembers Bob Delaney.Mr. Delaney was one of those people who was a real foundation of the community, McInnis said. When they closed the (Mid-Continent) mine down, his presence wasnt seen as much. But in our community when you think about the top five people in the community Bob and Connie are one and two. They were neighbors of my parents and Ive known them all my life. I always idolized Bob Delaney.Bob Delaney died of cancer and Parkinsons disease, but memorial contributions are being asked to go to the L.S. Wood Charitable Trust a scholarship foundation, the Connie Delaney Medical Library through Valley View Hospital or to St. Barnabas Episcopal Church.Daddy was a lot of fun, Diane Delaney, who is the middle child, recalled. Ill miss his sense of humor. He never complained. I dont think he wanted to die, but he was very courageous about it. He said, Ive had a good run.And as a Glenwood Springs icon, it seems he did.A viewing and visitation for Bob Delaney is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. this evening, Friday, Aug. 8, at the Farnum Holt Funeral Home, 405 W. Seventh Street in Glenwood Springs. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9, at St. James Episcopal Church, 368 Fourth St. in Meeker with burial following at the Highland Cemetery in Meeker.A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 22, at the First United Methodist Church, 824 Cooper Ave., in Glenwood Springs with a reception following at the Hotel Colorado, 526 Pine St. in Glenwood Springs.
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