Michael Edward DeLury, Sr.
(1940 - 2010)

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Michael Edward DeLury Sr.
Nickname: Mike

Birth:
California, United States of America
April 23, 1940

Passing:
Florida, United States of America
November 20, 2010

Interests:
Flying, Sailing,
Memorial
Michael Edward DeLury Sr. of Key West Florida and Trujillo, Honduras passed away on the evening of Saturday November 20, 2010 at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami Florida.

A memorial service will be held in 2011- date to be determined.

Mike was born in Oakland California on April 23rd 1940 to parents Michael DeLury and Virginia Nichols DeLury. He attended Bishop O’Dowd high school graduating in 1958.

From earliest childhood Mike’s dream was to fly; he would tell the story of how as a young boy he would run down the incline of his families yard trying to take off. Eventually he realized he would need a plane and took flying lessons as a young man in California.

After attending the University of San Francisco, Mike joined the Navy in 1960.

Upon receiving his naval commission and wings he had the following duty stations. Flight instructor in Milton Florida teaching formation and aerobatic flying; VQ1 Followed by a tour on aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea.. Honorably discharged in 1966 he joined TWA Airlines and enjoyed a long career as a flight engineer, co-pilot and captain until his retirement in 1996.

While in the Navy Mike married Sonia Lannie Alexander and their two children Michael Jr. and Janna were born. The family lived in Japan, California, Lake Tahoe, Breckinridge Colorado, and Wilmington Vt. Snow skiing and water skiing were favorite family activities. Mike also attended Southern Vermont College earning a degree in accounting. After divorcing in 1978 Mike moved back to the Bay Area in California.

Another dream of Mike’s had been to become a lawyer and he decided to attend John F. Kennedy school of law, while simultaneously continuing his pilot career. He was admitted to the bar in California in 1987 , During this time he was also an avid sailor, first on the East Coast and then in Bay Area of California on his boat the Fly Bye.

Mike had wanted to live in a foreign country and in 1994 he acquired beachfront property in Trujillo Honduras, he built a house overlooking the water. He spent many happy years there with Indira and his many ex -pat friends. Particularly he enjoyed lunching at Rogue’s Gallery and discussing the latest Nascar results with his friend Jerry.

When not in Honduras, Mike could be found in Key West, Florida. He also enjoyed visiting his son Mike Jr. and Christine in Alaska, telling stories and catching some very large salmon.

One of his last activities in Honduras was to throw a Halloween party for the children of the local orphanage, Finca Del Ninos (Farm of the Children). It was hard to tell who enjoyed the party more, the children or Mike.

Mike is survived by his son Lieutenant Commander USCG Michael Edward DeLury Jr. and his wife Christine Hammond DeLury of Rotterdam, Holland, Daughter Janna DeLury and her husband Gilbert Seaman of New Iberia, Louisiana. His friend Indira La Paz Berrios of Trujillo Honduras. Grandchildren Meagan DeLury and Seth DeLury of Boston, Massachusetts. Sister Diane DeLury Axton and her husband Raymond Axton of Cameron Park California, brother Steve DeLury and wife Nancy DeLury of Orangevale, California, nephews James Axton, Raymond Axton, Robert Axton, and niece Virginia Axton Kristo.

Michael, Janna and Indira would especially like to thank his friends Bill Lorenz and Luisa Mendoza of Honduras, and in addition, the heroic staff at Air Ambulance Professionals and at Jackson Memorial Hospital whose efforts made it possible for Mike to depart in dignity and peace.

A memorial fund has been established in Mike’s name to benefit the orphanage in Trujillo Honduras. Donations can be made in his name online at www.farmofthechild.org/donate.php or by mail to Farm of the Child 1616 Nottingham Knoll, Jacksonville. FL 32225 - This is a registered 501C non-profit, affiliated with Notre Dame University.


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Guest Book (12 entries)
Dear Mike and Janna
I know it's been a long time but Greg washers visiting me in RI and we were
Reminiscing about the "old day" in Ca and Vt and thought of you all with
such very fond memories. I was so very saddened about the news of your dad's passing. Our deepest sympathy to you all. A great guy.
Steve Cole passed in 2008.,
Fondly
Kathy



Kathy Cole. Leonard (friend)
December 7th, 2015
My dear brother... It has been over 4 years since you left us and I miss you very much.. You have always been my hero.. I have always been proud of you even when we did not see eye to eye.. Our sister is not doing well and we may have a year left with her here on this earth.. I cherish every visit with her.. We lost Raymond awhile back so life for her has been bittersweet..Every time I hear a passenger jet fly overhead I think of you and miss you even more.. Your brother Steve
steve delury (brother)
May 20th, 2015
I didn't know Michael for that long. We first met when he was trying to figure out some legal issue and called me up. The last time I saw him was in 1995 when he motored to Miami from Ft. Lauderdale with his windlass dragging overboard all the way. He and I and one other guy were going to sail his little boat to Honduras. It took us three days to find him, but when we did, he was rarin' to go, with a sixpack of beer, a package of saugages, and rigging like a jump rope. Called his son at the USCG Academy and left him in a hospital. Never heard a word since, and imagined he made it to Honduras. Sorry to find him like this; but glad to see he lasted so much longer than I thought. I'm sure I'll see him on the other side, splitting everybody's guts with laughter.
Steve McCarthy (Friend)
December 26th, 2012
Mike joined Metropolitan Yacht Club of Oakland for awhile. We got together there and since we were classmates, both lawyers, and both sailors we had a certain affinity. I think he had a centerboard Cal 40 and we had discussion about boats. He had a law practice in Benecia I believe. I lost track of him when he and the club moved. I couldn't find him for the reunion- although I tried. He was fun and a good guy. You have my condolences.
Bob Gray (friend/classmate)
February 16th, 2011
Janna and Michael,

A wonderful tribute to your father. Mike loved and was so proud of you, Christine, Meagan, and Seth.

Thank you for honoring your father in this way.

Love,
Mom/Mamsie
Sonia Alexander (friend)
December 9th, 2010
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"JANNA, I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER YOU DAD, HE WAS A FUNNY MAN, AND I ENJOYED HAVING HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE SOME MIGHTY GOOD MEALS, WHICH HE COOOKED IN HIS HOME. HE ALWAYS INVITED ME FOR THANKSGIVING DINNER IN JULY....TO MAKE SURE I WOULD BE THERE."
BELINDA LINTON
December 2nd, 2010

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