Ellsworth “Bud” DeLancey

Mitchell

Ellsworth “Bud” Junior DeLancey, 95, died Jan. 19, 2019, at his daughter’s home in Portland, Ore.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 22, at 10:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Mitchell. Burial occurred at the American Legion Cemetery in Mitchell.

Bud was born Feb. 25, 1923, in Woonsocket and grew up in Mitchell. Following graduation from Mitchell High School, he joined the military in 1942 at the age of 18. He served in the Eighth Air Force, an attachment to Patton’s Third Army and the 702nd Heavy Bombardment. He was stationed in England and worked as a munitions officer, disposing of unexploded ordinance, as well as loading and unloading bombs that were placed on the B24 aircrafts that were flown over Germany.

Upon leaving the military and returning to Mitchell, Bud discovered that his room had been rented to Phyllis Dewey, who he instantly fell in love with and married shortly thereafter. Bud bought the first Harley-Davidson motorcycle to be delivered in South Dakota after the war, and he and Phyllis rode it to Seattle. There, Bud started a 35-year career with Kenworth Truck Company in both Seattle and Kansas City, Mo., where he retired as a field service engineer. He most recently resided at Countryside Living in Mitchell.

Bud is survived by his children, Michael DeLancey, Donna DeLancey Boyd, and Thomas DeLancey; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 71 years, Phyllis Dewey DeLancey; daughter, Mary DeLancey Bledsoe; his parents, Ellsworth and Caroline DeLancey; brothers, Russell, Orville and Robert DeLancey; and sisters, Marguerite Sundquist and Wilma Schlimgen.

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