Joseph Delaney, 87, died Feb. 18, 2002 in Palm Desert, Calif.
Born in Marcus, Iowa, he became the third generation to own Delaney's Grocery & General Store. At the start of World War II he went to Chicago, Ill., to join the war effort, working at Amphenol Borg Electronics which later became Essex International.
While at Amphenol he designed several machines and created processes that simplified methods used in plastic extrusion which are still being used today. He retired as plant manager at Essex in 1979 and moved to Cherokee Village, where he and his wife were active in the Cherokee Squares until they moved in 1999.
Survivors include a daughter, Sherylle of Palm Desert, Calif.; a daughter and son-in-law, Margaret and Tommy Ingram of Nashville; two sisters-in-law, Clara Alesch of Marcus, Iowa, and Evie Alesch of San Jose, Calif.; three grandchildren, Erin May and Adam (Dawn) Cash of Mount Juliet, Calif., Allen (Sandie) Cash of Benson, Ariz.; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Alesch Delaney; and seven brothers and sisters.
A memorial Mass was Feb. 25 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church with Father Steven Klasek officiating. Burial followed in Mount Juliet. Memorial Gardens. Cremation arrangements were under the direction of Rose Mortuary of Desert Hot Springs, Calif.