Happy F. Delin, 66, surrounded by family and friends, passed away at Robinson Memorial Hospital on Friday, January 24, 2014.
He was born in Ravenna, Ohio on November 29, 1947 to the late Hallie and Grace (Ward) Delin. Hap attended Immaculate Conception School and Ravenna High School where he was a basketball standout. He graduated from Marietta College on a basketball scholarship. Happy worked at Delta Systems in Streetsboro, as a material handler, until his recent retirement in 2013. Hap had operated Hal's Floors for many years on East Main Street in Ravenna. He also worked as an electronics assembler at Western Reserve in Twinsburg. Happy was an avid golfer and bowler where he won many certificates, trophies and awards for his efforts. His favorite past times were watching sports and eating Guido's pizzas. His wonderful gentle spirit and kindness will be missed by all his family, friends and work colleagues.
He is survived by siblings: Nancy (James) Bachtel and David (Barbara) Delin of Ravenna. Surviving also are his nieces: Vicki (Gary) Smith, Cindy (Kenneth) Swift, Debra (John) Houck, Debbie (Daniel) Dobrilovic, Tammie (Ralph) Reaser, Penny (William) Englehart, Kandy Kunze and Richard Brotherton, Merry Lou (Anthony) Gray, Tracy (Donald) Moore, Hallie (Gary) Benden and nephews: James (Theresa) Bachtel and Shane (Mary Jo) Delin along with 29 great- nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and niece Terri Bachtel.
Private family services will be held at Wood-Kortright-Borkoski Funeral Home, 703 E. Main St., Ravenna, Oh. 44266. Interment will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Ravenna.
Condolences and memories may be shared at www.Wood-Kortright-Borkoski.com
Thank you to special friends Tom and Donna and Floyd and Lorene McMarlin.
The family requests that memorial contributions can be made in Happy's name to the American Cancer Society and call 1-800-227-2345 to do so.
(Wood-Kortright-Borkoski 330-296-6436 R-C 1-27-14)
I am proud to say that I worked with Hap for my many years at Delta. He was a great person, always with a smile and a good morning. He will be missed.
~Happy was one of my best friends. We were classmates at IC and Ravenna High School. I could spend hours writing about all of the great memories we shared together.
He was the star of our Little League Team "Delin Floors" and the best Shortstop I have ever seen. Happy was a great athlete and a wonderful person.
Your Friend in Christ,
To his family and closest friends, i am sorry for your loss. He truly was a kind and gentle man. And though i did not have the pleasure of knowing Happ personally, i can say that it was a pleasure to work with him. He set a fine example for me and had a work ethic that should be coveted by many. He definitley earned those retreats to the Carolinas. Happ will be missed!
Hap was a simple guy. He was always working hard and always willing to help me out when I started at Delta. He seemed to be a man of few words. He was a great guy to work with. Hap never complained he just did what he had to do. He was a very nice guy and he will be missed by all who knew him. Rest in Peace Hap!! :)
I am sorry to hear about Happy, He was always nice to talk to and was polite and very courteous. I remember Happy playing baseball with my brother Ron and my father was the coach.I just saw Happy most recently walking on Main Street in Ravenna, and we had a nice conversation. Everything sounded well for him. I extend my sympathy to his family. May God bless Happy into the kingdom of heaven.
Happy was a great man to work with no matter how many times i forget things he was willing to help out. My prayers are with you all and god has one of the best angels by his side now.
Happy was a great person to work with no matter what the situation was and how many times I forgot things he was always willing to help. He was a great person and will be missed dearly. My prayers are with you all in this time and just know he is one of the best angels go has on his side.
Hap you will be missed by so many..You were a such a sweet Kind hearted person..RIP Dear Friend...
Happ was a sweet, sweet man and will truly be missed. I wish there more people like him out there in this world.