Boen DeLay, 86, a former Dufur and The Dalles, Ore., resident, died Aug. 2, 2013.
He was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1926. His family moved to the Glasgow, Mont., area when he was 3, where he grew up on farms. He graduated from high school in 1943, enlisting in 1944 on his 18th birthday, attended infantry training and was sent to the Philippines and Japan.
He married Nadine Scott in 1949. He worked for 22 years as a sheet metal worker, including seven years with his own shop. The family also farmed for seven years near the Milk River.
A lifelong interest in repairing and customizing firearms led to his next career as a gunsmith. He and his wife ran the Fort Dalles Gun Shop from 1970 to 1983 and were hunters and active members in the NRA and the The Dalles Rifle and Pistol Club. He was a Hunter Safety Instructor for the first classes held in Montana.
Early retirement allowed extensive travel in their fifth-wheel trailer. In the 1990’s they settled into a snowbird pattern, wintering southwest of Phoenix and spending summers in Dufur. After the death of his wife in 2010, he moved to The Dalles, Ore.
He was an avid storyteller.
He is survived by one sister; Jane DeLay; three children, Kay, Lela and Dick DeLay; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents Floyd and Cora DeLay, three siblings; Burt, Betty and Ray, his wife Nadine and a son Dave.
A memorial service is set for Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Methodist Church in Dufur at 2 p.m. Pie and coffee will be served immediately after the service.
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