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In Memory of

W. DeLaney Way

November 16, 1928 - November 29, 2016

Obituary


On Nov. 16, 1928, Orlando Mayor Samuel Yulee Way and wife Emma DeLaney Way welcomed their first grandchild, W. DeLaney Way, Jr.. Deedee was the offspring of W. DeLaney Way,Sr. and Louise Hoskins Way. He attended DeLaney elementary school and moved to Winter Haven where he went to junior high and then on to the McCallie School in Chattanooga, He was then enrolled at W and L in Virginia until his junior year when he enlisted in the USAir Force. He served his country during the Korean conflict As a radar observer in the 317th...

On Nov. 16, 1928, Orlando Mayor Samuel Yulee Way and wife Emma DeLaney Way welcomed their first grandchild, W. DeLaney Way, Jr.. Deedee was the offspring of W. DeLaney Way,Sr. and Louise Hoskins Way. He attended DeLaney elementary school and moved to Winter Haven where he went to junior high and then on to the McCallie School in Chattanooga, He was then enrolled at W and L in Virginia until his junior year when he enlisted in the USAir Force. He served his country during the Korean conflict As a radar observer in the 317th Fighter Squadron. After 9 months in Korea, his squadron was transferred to Otis Air Force Base on Cape Cod where he would end his Duty in 1955. It was on the Cape that he met and married Phyllis Lanning. Their happy marriage of 62 years yielded 5 active kids which fulfilled De's wish for a large family, having been an only child. He committed his free time to his children, church, and Community. He at that time gave up golf so he could nurture and spend quality time with his children. As a member of First Pres downtown, he was an adult Sunday School Teacher and was honored to serve as Elder as well as Deacon. He involved himself with coaching Little League and umpiring for the Kiwanis Club. He created a home repairs Group, "Elders helping Olders "contacting retired church members who were in need.



De was proud to be a native Orlando and was actively engaged in promoting the newly formed Historical Society which has grown to impressive stature. He served as president of the museum and happily volunteered to spearhead the John Young Day Parade and activities for Orlando's very own astronaut.



In 2000, the Ways purchased a summer Wayaway in Wayne, Maine and spent as many Hot Florida months as possible in the beauty of that wonderful country. There again De was ready to help when and where needed. By that time, his duties to a young family were passed, so he enjoyed the golf and camaraderie of being a "red neck" from the South.



DeLaney is survived by his wife Phyllis (Fi), daughter Wendy, sons Will. Doug, Frank (Laney, predeceased). His grandchildren include Aubrey Way, Allison Bunnell, Kelsey Way, DeLaney Way, Connor Way and two great grandchildren Jubilee Way and Irene Noelle Way.



A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, Dec.6, at 4:00PM at the First Presbyterian Reformation Chapel on Magnolia Ave.