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Delos Earl Sailing

June 29, 1932 ~ January 22, 2019 (age 86)

VERONA – Delos Earl Sailing, age 86, passed away on Tuesday, January 22, 2019.  He was born on June 29, 1932 in Cottage Grove, WI to Earl and Marion (Duckert) Sailing.  Delos grew up in Riley and he loved to hunt, fish and to be in the outdoors.  He served with devotion on the main line of resistance as a Sergeant 1st Class in the US Army during the Korean War.  After the war he went to work as a Heavy Equipment Operator, retiring after 43 years.  He was a proud member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 139.  Delos was united in marriage to Elizabeth Way on February 19, 1955.  Delos will be greatly missed by his family.

Delos is survived by his wife Liz; son, Steve (Lisa Stuesser) of Verona and their children, Sunni Westbrook (Dave) Pledger of N. Vancouver B.C., Laura (Jeremy) Walton, Max and Miles of Oak Park, IL, Jay (Kathy Dittrich) Scharer, and James of Scandinavia, Erin (Matt) Coleman, Jaxon and Brooklyn of TX; daughter, Susan (Joe) Quist of Brillion and their children, Meredith Quist of Brillion, Heidi (Andy) Graff, Levi, Edith and Susanna of OH, and Sarah Quist of MN; brother, Ron of Verona; sister, Marsha (Rodger) Showers of Florida; sister-in-law, Rita of Mt. Horeb; sister, Sharon Cooley of Sun Prairie; brother, Kevin (Carolyn) of Cross Plains; brother, Gary (Mae) of Cross Plains.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his daughter-in-law, Ann; brother, Warren; brother-in-law, Tom Cooley; sister-in-law, Shirley; sister and brother-in-law, Florence and John Riley; father and mother-in-law, Frank and Mary Way.

A funeral service will be held at 11AM on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 220 Enterprise Drive, Verona, with Rev. Sam Timm presiding.  A visitation will be held from 9:30AM until the time of service on Saturday at the funeral home.  Burial at Verona Cemetery with full military honors.

In the memory of Delos, memorials can be made to the Verona Senior Center.  To view and sign this guestbook, please visit:



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