Charles Seward De Lay

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Charles Seward De Lay, 67, of Shell Knob, passed away Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, in Cox Medical Center South, Springfield.

He was born Nov.20, 1946, the son of Charles Seward and Lenora (Jacquot) De Lay. On Jan. 8, 1981, in Avalon, Catalina Island, Calif., he was united in marriage to Jacqueline Wade (McCurdy), who survives. Additional survivors include: two sons, Jon Anthony De Lay and his wife, Dawn, of Poway, Calif., and Charles Lee De Lay, of the state of Washington: two grandsons.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He attended high school at Newberry Park Adventist Academy, in Newberry Park, Calif. He then went on to receive two associate's degrees, one in photography and one in business, from San Diego City College. From 1967 until 1969, he served in the U.S. Army as a medic. After leaving the Army, he worked with returning Vietnam vets as a psychiatric aid assisting them in readjusting to daily life. He later became a regional trainer for the Fox Photo Company. In 1998, he and Jackie moved to Shell Knob, to make their home, where he sold real estate for many years.

Services will be held in California at a later date.