Bernard L. "Ben" Delaney

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Bernard L. Delaney
Bernard L. "Ben" Delaney, 60, of Shippenville passed away Wednesday evening at Clarion Hospital after a lengthy illness.
Born March 3, 1950, in Butler County, he was the son of the late Lloyd B. Delaney and Ruth L. Olcus Delaney of the Tylersburg area.
He was raised in Petrolia until the age of 9, where he attended Petrolia Elementary School. He also attended Sunday school at St. Paul United Church of Christ at Chicora, R.D.
In 1959, the Delaney family moved to the Tylersburg area due to his father's health. There he attended North Clarion Schools.
In his school years, he worked several odd jobs in the area. He later worked for Morris Lumber of Youngstown, Glass Containers of Marienville and Wagner and Hartle Construction of Shippenville.
In 1970 he started at Clarion State College, now Clarion University of Pennsylvania, first as a clerk, promoted to stock clerk and then in 1975 he was promoted to equipment operator and retired as a labor foreman after nearly 26 years due to poor health.
In his younger years, Ben had quite an enthusiasm for square dancing. Throughout his life he loved good ol' country, hillbilly and country gospel music.
Before his failing health, he liked working in his large garden and small scale farming. Many remember him for his very large barn sales. In later years, he had a passion for playing with his computer.
He was well known for greeting cards and other materials that he designed, crafted and printed with it. Most of all he enjoyed and loved his home and family.
Ben was a member of the Tylersburg United Methodist Church, which he had attended since childhood. He had served as parsonage trustee, chairman of church trustees, vice chairman of the Charge Administration Board and charge certified lay speaker. Most recently he had been affiliated with the Gospel Center at Reynoldsville.
On his mother and father's 24th anniversary, Aug. 6, 1971, he was united in marriage to Rebecca A. Wagner in Shannondale by the Rev. Martin A. Wagner, father of the bride. Becky preceded him in death on April 30, 2008.
In addition to his mother, Ben is survived by one son, Jonathan "Jonny" Todd Delaney of Shippenville; one daughter, MarcyLou Ann Lewis and her husband, James C. Lewis, and their daughter, Jamie R. Lewis, all of Cortland, Ohio.
He also is survived by one brother, Ronald L. Delaney and his wife, Anna, of Leeper; two sisters, Brenda Hoover and her husband, Stephen, of Lucinda and Lori Sarver and her husband, Michael, of Blairsville; and several nieces, nephews, uncles and aunts.
In addition to his father, who died on Dec. 29, 1996, Ben was preceded in death by two sons, Marty Lloyd on June 25, 1987, at 5 weeks of age, and Joseph James on May 27, 1988, at birth. He also was preceded in death by one infant brother, Lewis Edwin.
DELANEY - Friends and family of Bernard L. "Ben" Delaney, who died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010, may call on Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Borland Funeral Home in Leeper.
A funeral service will be Saturday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with Rev. Bob Myers, pastor of The Gospel Center in Reynoldsville, officiating.
Interment will follow in the Old Emanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Shippenville.
The family suggests memorials be made to the Tylersburg United Methodist Church.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Published in Butler Eagle on Dec. 3, 2010