Gary Keith DeLay
Palmer Marler Funeral Home
Gary Keith DeLay, of Manassas, Virginia, passed away on Monday, March 13, 2017 at INOVA Fairfax Hospital at the age of 74. Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. on Friday, March 31 at the First Baptist Church in Yale. Internment will follow at Lawson Cemetery.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Palmer Marler Funeral Home of Yale.
Gary was born the son of Roy Vivian DeLay and Nellie Belle (Cobble) DeLay on November 23, 1942 in Yale, Oklahoma. He grew up on the family farm southeast of town. He began his education in a one room school house known as Eagle School, and continued at Yale High School, graduating with the class of 1961 (go Bulldogs!). Following high school, Gary joined the Air Force and served his country for four years while stationed in England. 1965 brought Gary back to the United States (along with his new love – a brand new MG convertible) to work on oil tanks with his dad. Shortly after, he accepted a job with the federal government that would take him on assignments all over the world. In 1973 Gary met the love of his life, Shirley Ann Bursell, and the two were married in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It was then that he joined his brother Cliff at G.C. Broach, where he worked as a Purchasing Agent for many years. In 1988 Gary returned to the federal government, where he worked as a Communications Officer, supporting the missions of the federal government on numerous overseas assignments.
Retirement brought well deserved free time and the opportunity to enjoy some of his favorite things – OU football, daily walks, big breakfasts at Denny’s with his buddies, reading western novels, trips to the beach with his grandkids, telling jokes, and completing the daily crossword puzzle (in ink, of course).
Gary answered to many names (Dink, Daddy, and Papa to name a few), but to all, he was a man of integrity, strength, and devotion, with the biggest, kindest heart you’ve ever known and a sense of humor that could make anyone crack a smile.
Gary is survived by his wife of 43 years, Shirley DeLay of the home, daughter Michelle D. Suzal-George and husband David George of Canton, GA, son Brian K. DeLay of Manassas, VA, son Kevin M. DeLay and wife Emily of Carterville, IL; brother Clifford DeLay of Claremore, OK, sister Barbara (DeLay) Thornley and husband Johnny of Arizona; five grandchildren Devin D. Suzal, Abigail E. Suzal, Tyler J. George, Landon M. DeLay, and Dominick G. DeLay. He was preceded in death by his parents Roy and Nellie DeLay, his brothers Harold and Robert DeLay, and his sister Betty (DeLay) Newton.