John DeLoach obituary (2021) – Milton, DE

Jean Lucious
DeLoach ‘red’
John Lucious “Red” DeLoach, a World War II veteran, passed away peacefully on August 23, 2021, aged nearly 102. Red, as he was affectionately called due to the color of his hair, was born on October 26, 1919 to John and Louise DeLoach in Valdosta, Georgia. Red and his eight siblings grew up in Bradenton, Florida.
On April 17, 1935, at the age of 15, Red joined the Florida Army National Guard and served until August 30, 1942, when he joined the Regular Army and served in the ‘Army Air Corps. During World War II, Red was stationed in England and flew 26 missions over Germany as the top turret gunner on a B-24 bomber. After the war, he carried out missions during the Berlin Airlift. On November 10, 1948, Red joined the US Air Force when the Army Air Corps was disbanded. He continued on flight status for several years, both in England and France, before becoming an aircraft maintenance instructor. Red was also in the first group of NCOs to reach the E-8 and E-9 ranks. On August 31, 1965, after serving his country for over 27 years, he retired as a Master Sergeant while serving in the 507th Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Kincheloe Air Force Base in Michigan.
Red’s intense pride in serving his country was matched only by the pride of having married his beautiful wife, Ruth, in November 1945. They were married for over 50 years and were fortunate enough to give birth. to their daughters, Cheryl and Betty. Red and Ruth raised their daughters in the typical military lifestyle, moving around quite a bit, but eventually settled in Delaware and provided an incredible life for their family. They eventually retired to Lazy Lake in Milton, Del., A wonderful place that lived up to its name. Red was actually the first mayor of Lazy Lake. Sadly, Red was predeceased by all of his siblings, wife and daughters.
Red is survived by his grandchildren, Alison, Dan, John, Greer and Ben. He was a pretty mean and funny character and was a living history book, teaching his grandchildren and ten great grandchildren how to grow up during the Depression, sharing amazing stories about his time in the war and simply imparting life’s greatest lessons such as ‘chocolate cures all ailments’! When his family left, he never said goodbye. He would wink and say, “See you later in the funny papers!”
Red’s family would like to sincerely thank the Delaware Veterans Home for the exceptional care and compassion they received during their stay. The team of professionals, support staff and volunteers were selfless and treated Red and the other residents with the utmost respect.
Red’s family has hosted a funeral service to honor his life which will be held at the Short Funeral Services Chapel, 416 Federal St., Milton, Del. Monday, August 30, 2021, at noon. A tour will start at 10 a.m. Interment with military honors will follow at Henlopen Memorial Park, Milton.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made on Red’s behalf at the Delaware Veterans Home, 100 Delaware Veterans Blvd., Milford, DE 19963 so that Delaware’s heroes can continue to receive the highest quality care they can find. deserve.
Online condolences can be left with the family at www.shortfuneral-

Posted by Delaware State News on Aug 28, 2021.

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