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Monday, March 30, 2009

Virgil W. Daley, 85, Smethport, PA

SMETHPORT, PA - Virgil W. Daley, 85, of Smethport died Thursday (March 26, 2009) at Bradford Regional Medical Center following a brief illness.

He was born on a farm near Ellington, NY, on May 29, 1923, a son of Charles and Mary Groce Daley.

Mr. Daley graduated from Falconer (NY) High School in 1941, worked at Bell Aircraft in Buffalo, NY, for awhile, then attended Anderson College and Theological Seminary, where he met and married Alice Marie Van Hoose Daley on Dec. 2, 1943, at Park Place Church of God in Anderson, ID. After graduation in 1947, he pastored the Church of God in Gambills, MD, until 1952 when he was commissioned as a U.S. Army chaplain.

He served with the 11th Airborne Division, 82nd Airborne Division and 101st Airborne Division as well as several other units in the U.S. and abroad. He also served in Vietnam during the height of the conflict.

In 1973, he retired from the Army, having achieved the rank of colonel, and moved to McKean County full time. In retirement, he pastored either full time or part time in Punxsutawney, Kane and Eldred.

Mr. Daley was a member of the First Church of God in Eldred; member, chaplain, past commander and member of the burial detail of Smethport American Legion Bucktail Chapter 138; member of the Allegheny Mountain Engine and Implement Association; Retired Military Officers Association; Twin Tier Chapter of the Christian Motorcycle Association and the Bucktail Chapter of Military Officers Association of America.

He loved his horses and his motorcycle.

Surviving are a son, Larry (Barbara Burton) Daley and their children, Michael (Terri Stevens) Daley and Jason (Holly Sommerville) Daley, and great-granddaughter Violet; another son, Jerry (Helen Schreiber) Daley and her children, Michael Dreier and Heather (Holzer) Dreier.

He was predeceased by his wife on March 6, 2009; his parents; half brothers, Roland, Egbert and Cleveland; brothers Quentin, Herold, Gilbert and Clarence; and sisters, Myrtle Bloomster, Luetta Slade and Leila Slade.

Friends called at the Frame Funeral Home in Eldred on Saturday. Funeral services were held on Sunday (March 29, 2009) at 2 p.m. at the First Church of God in Eldred, with the Rev. Charles "Bud" Lasher, officiating.

Burial will be in Clermont Cemetery.

Full military honors will be accorded by the Bucktail Chapter of Smethport American Legion Post 138.

Memorials may be made to the First Church of God in Eldred.

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