NEWPORT - A. Louis "Lou" De Lancey passed away Sunday (Feb. 23, 2014) at his home in Newport after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born March 8, 1936, in Newport, the son of Sherman R. and Dorothy Adams De Lancey. Lou joined the U.S. Navy in June 1954 after graduation from Newport High School. He was a veteran of the Korean War era and served aboard the USS Midway and USS Hanson. His military awards include the China Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and National Defense Service Medal. Following his discharge in June 1958, he attended Williamsport Technical Institute.
He worked at the former Olmstead Air Force Base for five years before joining the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local Union #520, where he worked until retirement in 1991.
At the time of his death, he was a life member and Post Commander of William H. Saylor VFW #34, Newport American Legion Post #177 and chairman of its golf committee for the past 22 years, Past Commander of the Perry Council VFW, treasurer and reunion coordinator of the USS Hanson, co-founder and past president of the Perry County Sailors Association. In November 2003, he was inducted into the Chapel of the Four Chaplains Legion of Honor for his work with the Korean War Veterans Recognition Ceremony. He was also a member of the Newport Cemetery Association, Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 925, Midway veterans, and the Navy Club of the USA.
Lou was a brother, veteran and union member who cared about his family and others.
Lou is survived by his brother, Francis A. De Lancey of Smethport; and his nephew, Andy De Lancey and his wife Karen and their sons Sam and Brandon of Pittsburgh.
Viewings for Lou will be held from 1 to 3 and 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday from the David Myers Funeral Home, Walnut Street, Newport, and on Thursday, services will be held at the Newport Family Life Center, 27 West Shortcut Road, Newport, for a viewing from 10 a.m. until the funeral service at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Andy Bucke and Pastor Mary Kay Miller officiating. Burial, with military honors by the Perry County Military Honor Guard, will follow in Newport Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions are requested to the Wounded Warriors Inc., 1117 Country Club Road, Camp Hill, 17011; Asera Care Hospice, 75 S. Houcks Road, Harrisburg, 17109; or the American Cancer Society
, 2 Lemoyne Drive, Suite 101, Lemoyne, 17043.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the David M. Myers Funeral Home Inc.
Published by The Bradford Era from Feb. 25 to Mar. 3, 2014.