Joseph Delaney, 87, died Feb. 18, 2002 in Palm Desert, Calif. He was born in Marcus, Iowa and 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; sisters-in-law, Clara Alesch of Marcus, Iowa, and Evie Alesch of San Jose, Calif.; grandchildren, Erin May and Adam (Dawn) Cash of Mt. Juliet, Allen (Sandie) Cash, Benson, Ariz.; eight great-grandchildren.He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Alesch Delaney; and seven brothers and sisters.A memorial Mass was held Monday, Feb. 25, 2002 at 1 p.m at Holy Rosary Catholic Church with Father Steven Klasek officiating. Burial was in Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens with cremation arrangements under the direction of Rose Mortuary of Desert Hot Springs, Calif.