Glenna Smith, left, public affairs officer with Sierra Nevada Veterans Health Care System Public Affairs Officer, greets Jack Delaney Dec. 10 after returning from Pearl Harbor on a trip to honor to Nevada. Photo by Steve Ranson
John ‘Jack’ Delaney, a resident of Minden and a 20-year-old American sailor, will be laid to rest with full honors at noon on January 10 at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Fernley.
Delaney, 87, died on December 13 on the eighth anniversary of the death of his wife Margaret. He returned from his second trip to Pearl Harbor with the Honor Flight Nevada three days earlier, on December 10.
During the 2020 visit, USS Missouri Curator Meghan Rathbun escorted Delaney, Korean War veteran Ken Santor and several other visitors from Honor Flight Nevada to the operations room, quarters of the captain, the sleeping area and the dining room.
While in the captain’s quarters, Delaney leafed through a ship’s directory and found her photo, another moment that made him remember his service to his country.
Santor said Delaney seemed more reserved on the last visit to Pearl Harbor, but was in a good mood. On the first trip, Santor said his friend walked everywhere. This time he spent most of his time in a wheelchair. Nonetheless, Santor said they both found the tour interesting and educational.
“He was very proud of the Big Mo crew,” said Santor.
Delaney was a Marine Corps member with the Marines during the Vietnam War where he toured twice.
“He got on with everyone, a really good guy,” Santor said. “I will miss him.”
Honor Flight Nevada board member Laura Meaders said after the 2020 trip to Pearl Harbor he wanted to visit Missouri again and sign his name in a book at the gift shop as a sailor. on the Missouri.
“His bags have been packed for over a month as he anxiously waited to see his ‘Mighty Mo’ for the last time,” Meaders said. “It was an honor to see him full of life as he toured the ship and shared stories with his son, Tim, and Honor Flight Nevada. His mission accomplished, he died a few days after his return home and eight years to the day of his late wife Marge. It’s beautifully bittersweet for anyone who has known the Delaney.