1944 - 2021
DELANEY Michael Leonard Delaney Born on December 8, 1944, at the Columbia Hospital for Women in Washington, DC. He was the son of E.J.M. Delaney and Mildred Lee Brown.

He attended the St. James Elementary School in Falls Church, Virginia and Bishop O'Connell High School in Arlington, Virginia. He graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1968 with a B.A. in History.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1968 to 1980. His last assignment was on the USS Whipple, a Destroyer Escort. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and he or his crew received several commendations, including the Sea Service Deployment Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, and the Vietnam Service Medal. He was honorably discharged in 1980 as a Lt. Commander.

In 1978, he married Dyanna R. Park, the love of his life, in Reston, Virginia. They had met years before at Bishop O'Connell High School. After he was discharged from the Navy, he was employed as a Systems Analyst with several companies engaged in government contract work.

From 2010-2015, he was employed by the Office of Transportation Services for the Fairfax County Public Schools.

In 2016, after he was diagnosed as having the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, he began attending the Herndon Adult Day Care Center in Herndon, Virginia, a place he truly enjoyed. He continued attending the center on a regular basis until the center was closed in March 2020 due to Covid-19. Two of his favorite activities were feeding birds and painting. He ensured that the bird feeders at the center and at home were always full.

He once was an avid member of the Washington Hash House Harriers running club. He was also a longtime member and officer of The Cabin John Memorial VFW Post 5633. He served many sequential years as the Post Quartermaster, Post Adjutant, and Post Historian.

He was, above all, a kind and gentle soul. He often said that he loved helping people and was once a volunteer for Capital Hospice. He regularly donated blood to the local American Red Cross. He was a fabulous chef and a history buff. He loved his ushanka, a Russian fur hat. He enjoyed double feature movies, the Vienna Inn, crossword puzzles, Washington's football team, and college football. He loved Linda Ronstadt, Emmy Lou Harris, Bonnie Raitt and the Beatles. He adored all of his stepchildren, their children, his son-in-law and sisters-in-law. He loved his friends and Reston. He was a communicant at St. John Neumann Catholic Church and at St. Thomas a Becket Catholic Church in Reston.

He died July 10, 2021, following his disappearance from the Reston Hospital Center in May, 2020. The Fairfax County Search and Rescue unit found his remains on July 21, 2021. He is survived by his stepdaughter Courtney Park Jamborsky, her husband Dan, and their children; his stepson Houston S. Park and his family; his sister, Sheila K. Delaney, and his brother, Christopher K. Delaney. His beloved wife, Dyanna, and dear stepson, Brent F. Park, predeceased him in 2017 and 2020 respectively. His funeral will be held on October 22, 2021 at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Reston at 10 a.m. Internment at the Arlington National Cemetery's Columbarium will occur in the future. Those wishing to honor Michael's memory may make donations to the Alzheimer's Association, 225 N. Michigan Avenue, Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or online at act.alz.org
Published by The Washington Post on Oct. 17, 2021.
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A man who treasured family, community, and country. Condolences to those with Michael in their hearts.
Tai and Gay Kang
October 21, 2021
Tai and Gay Kang
October 21, 2021
A great friend since our Freshman year at O'Connell. We enjoyed brief visits throughout our lives. He was a dear and respected friend. I am so glad that he was found and he can be honored by his family and friends. A great person - RIP Mike.
Michael McClellan
October 19, 2021
We have lost a gentle soul that was Michael. Rest In Peace, dear angel. We miss you
Cynthia M Davis
October 18, 2021
We are so very sorry for your loss. Michael sounds like one of the truly great humans of this earth. Sending much love to all of you.
Karen and Tom Carter
October 18, 2021
RIP Mike.
Frank Titus
October 18, 2021
Great friend! Devoted to his causes. DCH3 Old Navy and the VFW miss him! Carefully lighting a candle:-) Expect Michael to set a Cloud Nine Hash when we get there. On-On and Semper fi
October 17, 2021
I followed the course of his disappearance from the first day and, with so very many others, kept an eagle eye out everywhere for our fellow runner and humanitarian. I never met him, but his circles and mine overlapped with mutual friends in Reston. I am so very sorry that the world was left without such a gift when he died and that he left the world in such a hard way. The communal and ongoing effort to find him was a testament not just to what he meant to others, but to what he lived for himself and the values he obviously embodied. I´m glad to have gotten to know him through others and sorry I can´t be there Friday for his memorial. My heart is with everyone. May the light that shone on him in life guide him in death and shine henceforth on us all.
Caroline Hemenway
October 17, 2021
Dear Sheila, while I don't recall ever meeting Michael, reading his accomplishments in life, I'm sure I would have liked him very much. Just like you, he was a strong and respected leader. You are both in my prayers. Hugs, Joan
Joan Youdell Kisska
October 17, 2021
Lovely obituary
Jeff Hearrell
October 17, 2021
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