ST. CLOUD -- Robert "Bob" P. De Lane, 76, Little Falls, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2000, at St. Cloud Hospital.
He was born June 28, 1923, in Minneapolis to Frank and Blanche (Topka) De Lane. He attended school in Minneapolis and graduated from Marshall High School in 1941. In his youth, he played baseball for a semi-pro team. He was employed at Cargill before entering the Army in March of 1943. He served in the H Company, 511th Parachute Infantry, 11th Airborne Division in New Guinea, Southern Philippines and Luzon. Decorations received include the Distinguished Unit Badge, Bronze Arrowhead, American Theater Service medal, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Service medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with two bronze stars, Good Conduct Medal and three overseas service bars. He was discharged in January of 1946. He attended college at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, graduating in 1950 with a bachelor of arts degree in social psychology. He married Donna Olson on Sept. 3, 1949, at St. Francis Church in Brainerd. He was called for active service from the Army Reserves in 1950. He served as an artillery foreman during the Korean War and received a bronze star. He was discharged in December of 1951. After his service, he continued his post-graduate studies at the University of Minnesota. In 1952, he moved with his family to Fergus Falls where he was a parole and probation officer for Otter Tail County until 1959. He moved to Little Falls and worked as a probation officer for Morrison and Aitkin counties until 1962. He began his career as a supervisor in Social Services and retired in 1983. He served on the board of directors of the Community Action Program and Concentrated Employment Project of rural Minnesota. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Little Falls, the Knights of Columbus, Little Falls VFW and American Legion and the Little Falls Senior Citizens.
Survivors include his wife; six daughters, Therese Sentell, Bedford, Texas, Patricia De Lane, Little Falls, Catherine Grimes, Tucson, Ariz., Mary Hoover, Little Falls, Elizabeth Barnes, Waite Park, and Amy De Lane, Little Falls; four sons, Mark De Lane, Pine River, John De Lane, Eagle River, Ark., James De Lane, Little Falls, and Paul De Lane, Rice; 20 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
A grandson died earlier.
Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary's Catholic Church of Little Falls with the Rev. Nick Landsberger and the Rev. Harold Kost officiating. Burial will be in Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery of Camp Ripley.
Friends may call at Shelley Funeral Chapel of Little Falls from 4-9 p.m. Wednesday, with a secular Franciscan wake service at 6 p.m., parish prayers at 7 p.m. and the Knights of Columbus Office of the Dead at 8 p.m., and from 8-10:30 a.m. Thursday.
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