John DeLane

John Michael DeLane

Friday, October 3rd, 1919 - Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020
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John De Lane, age 100, of Victoria, died at home on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Lucio, Jr., John, Uncle Sonny, Dad, PawPaw, was born in a farmhouse, in Kemper City, Texas, on October 3, 1919. He was a lifelong resident of Victoria, and a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church since childhood.

Like many of his generation, John answered his country’s call to service in the period leading up to World War II. After joining the Army, John’s unit was sent to Wisconsin for cold weather training prior to deployment overseas. While at Camp McCoy he met Katy, the love of his life, at a county fair. They corresponded throughout the war and were married when he returned to the states at its conclusion.

In June 1944, John was part of the D-Day invasion at Omaha Beach in Normandy, France. Over the next year, he fought in some of the bloodiest campaigns of World War II, including the Battle of the Bulge. His was one of the stories captured in a book titled ‘Victoria Remembers’, by Peter Riesz, MD, 

After the war, John and Katy settled in Victoria and raised a family. Their hobby and passion was dancing, and they did a lot of it, with memberships in two dance clubs. Through the years John was very active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4146, at one point holding the position of Senior Vice Commander. He was also a member of the Disabled American Veterans Post 169 and the Catholic War Veterans St. John’s Post 1269. John belonged to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local Union 278, and served for a time as the Assistant Business Agent. One of his first jobs as a young electrician was to wire the farmhouse where he was born, providing it with its first electricity. The house still stands there today.

John is preceded in death by his wife, Katy Jaeger De Lane, by his parents Lena Hauboldt Garcia and Lucio Garcia, and by ten siblings. He is survived by his children, Jim De Lane (Sandy), Judi Mozisek, Dan De Lane (Deniece), and Diane Libersat (Mark). Also by seven grandchildren, Jason De Lane (Diana), Tyler De Lane, Tara Mozisek Hughes (Phil), Nicki Mozisek Sulak (Mike), Amanda De Lane Hill (Joe), LeAnn Libersat Bolton (Jason), and Casey Libersat Boone (Zach), and by fourteen great grandchildren, John David and Torie Anna De Lane, James De Lane, Jake, Katie, Gunnar and Rowe Hughes, Karson and Hallie Sulak, Joseph Abel Quinn Hill, Caden and Conner Bolton, and Cameron and Christian Boone. Also two step-great grandchildren, Olivia and Juliana Hill.

There will be a private interment, with his children and their families, at Resurrection Cemetery mausoleum. A memorial service and celebration of his life will be held at a yet to be determined future date. His family wishes to thank all of his caregivers, especially Ramona Davis. Also, the employees at New Century Hospice, and Senior Helpers. Their care, understanding, and respect for our dad were greatly appreciated. To honor him, please make donations in his name to VFW Post 4146, DAV Post 169, or Catholic War Veterans St. John’s Post 1269. 

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    Resurrection Cemetery
    Laurent & Mockingbird
    VICTORIA, TX 77901
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There will be a private interment, with his children and their families, at Resurrection Cemetery mausoleum. A memorial service and celebration of his life will be held at a yet to be determined future date.


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Maria Huerta

Posted at 10:55pm
Condolences to the family. Mr. DeLane will truly be missed, but, boy, do we have fond memories of him and Mrs. Katy. If any couple ever shone with the light of God's Love, it was these two wonderful people. Julian would often brag about the cookies Mrs. Katy would send for him, via Mr. DeLane, when they'd carpool to whatever work site their electrician job would send them to. I remember going to visit them a few times after Julian and I were first married, and Julian, with no shame, asking Mrs. Katy when she planned on firing up the oven again. Every single time we saw Mr. DeLane, the only thing he ever did was SMILE. Such an amazing soul at all times. Always wonderful, happy conversation; never ever complaining or down. Oh, man, I can only imagine the celebration going on in his honor. And the one that happened to greet him....oh, if only we could've witnessed such a sacred, honored celebration and home-coming. Heaven must've been just BURSTING with glee, beautiful colors and LOVE. One day.... one day we'll have the amazing, blessed opportunity to share in that with him...them. See ya soon, Mr. & Mrs. DeLane. Love & kisses until then.

Jim De Lane Posted at 07:58am

Ms. Huerta — thank you for your memories and tribute to our dad. He had very fond memories of Julian, and shared stories of the visits with him, and the cookies. Julien’s dad was one of his oldest friends. I hope you and Julien are doing well.


Posted at 10:50pm
Mr Delane was a decent honorable man, who I was blessed to know. I just heard of his passing, it saddens me to have missed the mass. I used to carpool with Mr Delane and my dad, and enjoyed listening to them talk about how they
grew up. Since my dads passing I will add Mr Delane to the list of people to miss in this life. Condolences to the family.

Jim De Lane Posted at 06:00pm

Julien — I’m so glad I got to visit with you in front of the house. I’m sorry it couldn’t have been longer, and under different circumstances. Your dad was one of my dad’s oldest friends, and he thought the world of you and your family. Take care, abd God bkess you.

Dennis Mize

Posted at 07:40pm
Jimmie, Judy, Danny and Diane I am so sorry to see this news. Your Dad was always so kind and a role model when growing up. I would like to see you all but with all that's going on I understand. I was lucky enough that Jimmie brought your dad to the memorial of Glenn back in August. It was so good to see and talk to him . It is now up with all the Mizes telling them he seen me and my family a short time ago. Stay strong during this time because we all know he is having the time of his life dancing around with Mrs Katy as we speak. Prayers and condolences from all the Kids from Green Briar neighborhood. Please make me aware of any celebration of life in the future I would love to hug y0u all. Jimmy thanks for bringing him the visitation your dad was a great man and warrior during the years. I respect his service to our country.

Dennis and Elaine Mize.

Stefani and John Spears Posted at 12:36am

Our love and sympathy to you all, Jimmy, Judi, Danny and Diane and your families. What a wonderful man your Dad was, a true hero who honorably served his country and fellow Americans! Such a gentleman he was and so respected by all. He was a gentle and happy soul and the epitome of the best husband, Dad, granddad and friend. We know you will miss him so much......our world will miss his presence. God's blessings with you all.

Jim De Lane Posted at 06:05pm

Dennis — thank you for your comments and sentiments. The Mizes were like our second family. Right after dad died, I drove one of my sons through the old neighborhood and told him stories about our growing up together. You and your family take care.

Jim De Lane Posted at 08:18pm

Dennis, thank you for your thoughts and memories of dad. The Mizes were more like family to all of us than neighbors. Shortly after dad died, I drove one if my sons through the old neighborhood and told him stories of us growing up there. Great memories. God bless you and your family. Take care.

Shelbey Garza (Hardin)

Posted at 09:32am
Thoughts and prayers for everyone.
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