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Passing of Chief (RET) Robert Delaney

Chief Robert J. Delaney

Robert J. Delaney, 69, of, Erie, died November 1, 2017, at UPMC Hamot.  He was born in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, on December 6, 1947, the son of the late William and Claire Delaney.

Robert proudly served his country for thirty years in the U.S. Air Force, attaining the rank of Chief Master Sergeant.  As a munitions specialist, he received numerous commendations and awards, including the Meritorious Service Medal, Armed Forces Commendation Medal and Armed Forces Achievement Medal.  He served in both the Vietnam War and Operation Desert Storm.

He was an avid coin collector and enjoyed flying drones.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Pamela Delaney; and a brother, Thomas Delaney.

Survivors include his son, Robert (Stacy) Delaney, II; one brother, Gerald (Carol) Delaney; one sister, Cindy (Gary) Nettles; one granddaughter, Claire Delaney; and many nieces and nephews.

No calling hours will be observed.

The Glunt Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., Edinboro, is in charge of funeral arrangements.

Burial of ashes will be in Arlington National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust, 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Springs, KY 41076, or online at www.DAV.org. To send condolences, please visit www.gluntfuneralhome.com.

Sign the Guestbook at www.GoErie.com/obits.

(Published in the Erie Times-News on Nov. 5, 2017)


Chief Shawn Patrick Byrne

Shawn Patrick Byrne
Shawn Patrick Byrne

Shawn Patrick Byrne, 55, passed away on November 21, 2016, after a courageous two-year battle with brain cancer. He is survived by his wife Yon Hui (“Suk Kyong”) Byrne and daughter Jessica Byrne. He will be missed terribly and remembered with tenderness.

Shawn, who spent 27 years in the U.S. Air Force and retired as a Chief Master Sergeant (E9), was born in La Mesa, California. He spent several years of his childhood in San Diego, then moved with his family to Dodge City, Kansas, where he graduated from Dodge City Senior High School. He  joined the Air Force soon after and spent his career as an electronics technician at major USAF installations around the world, including Aviano in Italy and Osan in Korea. He retired in 2006 and settled with his family in Cypress, Texas, just outside Houston. At the time his illness was diagnosed, he worked at FMC Technologies as a project manager.

While in the Air Force, Shawn completed his bachelor’s degree in computer management. He had a natural gift for computers and math, but he also loved Porsches, tattoo art and movies, especially science fiction and action films. Classic rock n’ roll was his life-long passion – he believed Led Zeppelin was the greatest band in the history of the world – and before he became ill, he was learning to play the guitar. He was a man of extraordinary patience with a gentle demeanor – Shawn volunteered for a time as leader for his daughter’s Brownie troop at the elementary school near Aviano AFB. He loved maple donuts, sushi, iced coffee and chopped barbecue beef sandwiches, and he was always a good sport about bringing a corn dish to the family’s Thanksgiving feast. He was also famous within the Byrne clan for grilling kalbi (Korean short ribs) to go with his wife’s Korean japchae (glass noodle stir-fry) and dumplings.

Shawn and his wife Yon Hui were married for 36 years. Shawn is also survived by his father Joseph Byrne and mother Joan Byrne of College Station, as well as his sister Melissa Byrne Vossmer and her husband Mark Vossmer of Lago Vista, nephew Jacob Vossmer and his wife Leslie Vossmer of Lago Vista, sister Teresa Byrne-Dodge and her husband Cameron Ansari of Houston, niece Taylor Dodge of Houston and nephew Samuel Dodge of Winter Park, Colo.

Shawn never stopped making plans for the future, all the way to the edge of life. His excellent sense of humor shone even more warmly as his illness progressed.

A memorial celebration was held on Saturday, December 17, 2016, at the family home.

Source: Houston Chronicle, Dec. 4, 2016


Obituary for Paul Klein

Paul H. Klein, age 75, passed away Friday, December 25, 2015 at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center following a short illness.
Born in E. Rockhill TWP., Bucks County, Pennsylvania, he was a son of the late Paul G. and Wihelmina Klein.

In addition to his parents, Paul was predeceased by a brother, James Klein.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Mitsuko; a son, Toshio Klein and his wife Lisa of Spartanburg, SC; 2 daughters: Mary Klein-Tijero and her husband David of Monterey Park, California , Joy Klein of Myrtle Beach and his granddaughter, Mina Klein.

Paul was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. He retired from the USAF as a Chief Master Sergeant, actively serving in Vietnam and retired from the Georgetown County School System where he taught small engine repair and computer science. He loved to go fishing and hunting with family and friends. Paul will be dearly missed by all.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Monday, January 4, 2016 at St. Michael Catholic Church with Fr. Edward Fitzgerald officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions may be made in Paul’s name to St. Michael Catholic Church School, 542 Cypress Ave., Garden City, SC 29576.

Please sign the family’s guestbook at www.goldfinchfuneralhome.com/obituaries.