Jun 262013

Alfred Graham “Del” Delyea, 80, passed away on Saturday, June 15, 2013, at his home in Eau Claire, Wis., with his family at his side. At Del’s request there will be no services. He asked his family to take him home to Arizona for his final resting place.
Del was born on March 7, 1933, to the late John Mitchell and Doris Linda (Hewitt) Delyea in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Del and his wife of over 60 years, Betty (Lane) Delyea, moved to Winslow when he was hired on the Santa Fe Railroad on April 15, 1959. In Winslow they raised their four children, Wayne, Gordon, Carolynn, and Debra.
He became local chairman of the United Transportation Union (UTU) in 1975 and in 1983 moved to Tustin, Calif., when he became general chairman for the UTU. He was passionate about his life’s work protecting the health, safety and welfare of the union members he served, his community and his family.
He retired in 1993 and moved back to Arizona for several years, living in Scottsdale and then again in Winslow. In March 2003 Del and Betty moved to Eau Claire to be near their children and grandchildren.
Del continued to serve the men and women he cared so much about by serving on the Board of Trustees for the Santa Fe Employees Hospital Association until his passing.
Del had a wanderlust spirit, loved to travel and was an avid reader. He was happiest when he was behind the wheel of his motor home, flying his airplane, reading a good book or on the water in his old boat My Way. Del and Betty and their beloved dog, Mulligan I, put on countless miles across the U.S. and Canada. They enjoyed trips to Hawaii and Europe, and loved visiting friends and family along the way. His family always joked that he was a walking GPS as there was hardly a highway or airport that one would travel that he didn’t know. In his later years, he continued to enjoy camping with his family along the Chippewa River, sitting by the campfire, and telling stories to his children and grandchildren.
During his years in Arizona, California and Wisconsin he made many close friends that to him were like his family. His stories, smile, laughter, tenacious and loving personality will be deeply missed by many.
Survivors include his wife, Betty; his children, Wayne (Karen) of Granbury, Texas, Gordon (Tammy) of Douglas, Wyo., Carolynn Green and Debra (Mark Trzaskowski) of Eau Claire; 12 grandchildren, Melissa (Shawn) Williamson, Kristin Jaworski, Kelly (Keith) Hamilton, Emily (Matt) Velazquez, Charles Delyea, Elizabeth (Craig) Leras, Andrew Vahey, Alexander Green, Ashley Birch, Amy Delyea-Petska, Autumn and Aidan Trzaskowski; five great-grandchildren, Cash Williamson, Justin and Makayla Hamilton, Emma Velazquez and Rowan Leras; and his nieces, nephews, other relatives, close friends and his dog Mulligan II.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father; two brothers, Allen “Red” and Gordon “Mitch” Delyea; his brother-in-law Larry Weber; two sisters-in-law, Marjorie and Phyllis; and his best friend and companion, his Scottish Terrier Mulligan I.
Cremation Society of Wisconsin was in charge of the arrangements.
Delyea, Alfred