Bruce E. Delahunty

September 22, 1954 ‒ April 16, 2015

Bellville, Ohio

BELLVILLE: Bruce E. Delahunty, 60, of Bellville passed away at home, Thursday April 16, 2015.

The son of Paul and Doris (McDaniel) Delahunty, Bruce was born in Willard on September 22, 1954.

Bruce joined the Navy in 1972 and was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia.  He was honorably discharged in 1975.

For 12 years he worked for the State of Ohio as a correctional officer.  He also transported Amish, whom he considered friends.

A talented musician, Bruce played the guitar, piano and harmonica.  Enjoying the outdoors, he especially enjoyed gardening and cutting wood.

Bruce humbly worshiped and served Jesus Christ, and as a believer in the Messiah, claimed His eternal salvation and grace.

He is survived by his wife Becky Delahunty; children Jesse Delahunty, Leah Eastridge, and Jared Delahunty; grandchildren Noah, Jacob, and Isaiah; sister Rosalie (Leo) Hahl and brother David (Colleen) Delahunty; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, April 21, 2015 from 4-7 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home.  Calling hours will continue Wednesday from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. at the funeral home where funeral services will begin at 11 a.m.  Pastor Doyle Peyton will officiate and burial will follow in Oak Grove Memorial Park.  Military honors will be performed by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Snyder Funeral Homes to assist the family with funeral expenses.

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  • So sorry about Bruce passing . No one can ever replace him. He was a good man and I was lucky to have him as a father n law. Praying for the family.

  • David,
    So sorry to hear about Bruce. While I only met him a few times, he seemed like a great guy. Give my best to Poe and family.


  • So sorry to hear of Bruce passing. He will truly be missed…but never forgotten. A great loss indeed.

  • My sincere sympathy to Poe and Dave and families, and to Bruce’s wife, Becky, and their children & families. Though it has been a long time since we’ve all been together, the memories remain. I am so sorry for your loss, yet I celebrate Bruce’s Christian belief, knowing that his faith places him in Heaven for eternity! What a blessing to know that he is safe in the loving arms of our Lord! Peace, love, and prayers to all of you!

  • Dave,Rosalie,Becky and families So sorry to hear about Bruce Always remember years ago racing our fast Cushman scooters down the road at about 40 mph He was a great guy and friend You have our deepest sympathy

  • My condolence’s to the family of Bruce. He was a great man and always made me laugh. It was an honor to have met him. I really used to get a kick out of talking to him while I worked on his vehicles. God Bless

  • Dear family:

    We are so sorry for the loss of your loved one. We can’t even imagine the pain of losing a husband and brother. Though we didn’t know Bruce well, we remember when he sang and played the guitar at Phillip’s graduation party. That is such a nice memory of Bruce.

    Sincerely and respectfully,
    Larry and Judy Fritcher

  • Becky, We are sorry for your loss. We are praying for you and your family. Steve and Chris Gorrell

  • Becky and family so sorry for your loss Bruce was a special guy (one of kind)will definitely be miss.Will miss him playing guitar,and talking about the bible that he knew so much about.Never will forget the good times that we had together in West Virginia and vacation in Ketucky Your Friend Dave and Kim Freed

  • Our prayers are with you, Becky. It is now that heaven seems even closer when those that we love are already there. May God’s strength lift you up during this time.

  • So sorry to read of Bruce’s passing. I have so many memories of playing with Poe, David and Bruce having been their closest neighbors growing up on Coe Rd. My condolences to Poe, David and Bruce’s family. – Cathy Willman Grimes

  • To the Delahunty family:
    I was sorry to read about your dad’s passing, Leah and Jesse. It’s never easy when a parent leaves this world. Please know you and your family are in my prayers…prayers for peace and strength and strong family love to get you through together.
    Mrs. Carroll

  • Dear Delahunty’s,
    Let me say we are with you in sympathy for your loss. Bruce and his family were a big part of my life growing up. My family used to spend every New Year’s Day at the Delahunty’s, and other days throughout the year. While the parents were all talking, the boy cousins were playing ping pong in the basement, sharing new jokes we had learned, playing cards and just horsing around. I first learned to ice skate on their pond and was too scared to swim in that pond after Bruce told me how big the snapping turtle was that lived there. They put a basketball hoop up in the barn and Bruce once ran right up the side of the barn and stuffed the basketball through the hoop. One visit, aunt Doris announced that she came home one day and Bruce was playing the piano like he had been playing for years. Bruce had a great laugh and sense of humor. I learned from him that it wasn’t a good idea to pick a fight with an older stronger brother, but I admired him for never backing down from a fight. I remember Bruce telling us after a tornado came through the area that it never struck any Catholic families; made me think we might want to convert. Bruce was an easy going fellow who could talk to anyone. Thanks for all the childhood memories. Rest well Bruce, rest well!
    Marvin and Deanna McDaniel