Clair "Skeeter" DeLancey, 64,
of Carlisle, died suddenly Friday, February 10, 2012, at his home. He was born on Wednesday, November 19, 1947, in Harrisburg,
a son of Jean (Hess) Gutschall of Carlisle and the late Kenneth DeLancey.
Skeeter retired after 18 years of service with the maintenance department at
Cumberland County Prison. He was formerly an independent big-rig truck driver for 23 years, a PA State Constable for 22 years
and had worked part-time at Dickinson College in Public Safety. Skeeter was active for 45 years in fire service and was currently
a member of Carlisle Fire & Rescue Services and a life member of the Upper Frankford Twp Fire Co. He was a former member
of South Middleton Twp. Fire Co., Union Fire Co., Friendship Fire Co., Empire Hook & Ladder Co., St. John’s Masonic
Lodge, the Harrisburg Consistory and the Zembo Temple. He also served 23 years with the Carlisle Special Fire Police.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife of 43 years, Portia L.
(Lightner) DeLancey, one son, Clair DeLancey, Jr. (and his wife, Steffanie) of Enola, one daughter, Amy DeLancey of Carlisle,
one brother, Kenneth DeLancey of Marysville, one grandson, Wyatt DeLancey, one granddaughter, Natasha Gatheridge, one step-brother,
Ron Gutschall of York and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his step-father, Calvin "Skip"
A celebration of life
service will be held on Thursday, February 16, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, 630 S. Hanover St., Carlisle. Pastor Gay Irwin will officiate.
Viewing will be on Thursday from 5:30 p.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to
Carlisle Fire & Rescue Services, 177 Carlisle Springs Rd., Carlisle, PA 17013.
Click here to send a condolence
We will miss Skeeter dearly. He always had a good story or two to tell. He will be remembered
for who he was. Lots of love and prayers to Portia, Amy and the rest of the family.
Love always, Candy Ricci and
My prayers are with the family at this time.
I am so sorry for your loss.
I'm very sorry to hear of your loss. I have several funny memories (at the old Dunkin Donuts in Carlisle)
of your father and he was a very well liked / loved man! Thinking of you in this time of sorrow! HUGS!!
I will miss seeing Mr. Delancey around town.
He was always such a pleasure to talk to. He was the one way I could keep up with Amy and Wyatt after we both moved. Portia,
many hugs to you as you go thru this and Amy, you are a very strong woman but don't be afraid to lean on others!
will miss the stories of his motorcycle days, and his humor.
My best to all his family!!!!
May loving memories bring you peace. Sincere
Jane Nagode (Dr.Daniels Office)
Portia, we are so sorry to hear of Skeeter's passing. May you find strength in each other during this
difficult time. Our thoughts are with you and your family. Take Care...
Deb and Denny McLaughlin and Family
Dear God, Look upon our
grief;be our refuge and comfort so that our sadness and sorrow may turn into light and peace of your presence.Transform the
shadows of death into the dawn of life..I will miss you So long brother-in-law...Now you will have Peace.....
condolences to the DeLancey family.
Portia and Family,
You have my deepest sympathy in your loss. Skeeter will be greatly
missed by me. You and He were my best friends for as long as I have known him and you. I can't forget the kids also.
Jacob H. Baker Jr.
So sorry to hear
of Clair's passing.
My sympathy to Portia and her family. He was young.
Your message of condolence will appear here.