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Monday, April 15, 2024 at 9:00 AM

Joshua Ryan DeLay

08/02/1978- 09/13/2023
  • Source: The Gardens Funeral Home
Joshua Ryan DeLay
Josh DeLay

"Once a Marine, always a Marine"... Lance Corporal Joshua DeLay, USMC completed his earthly mission and returned to his Heavenly Father on September 13, 2023. He was at peace and with family at the time of his departure.

Josh was born in Walla Walla, Washington to Calvin DeLay and Elaine DeLay Baldwin on August 2, 1978. He attended Berney, Pioneer, and Wa-Hi schools, graduating in 1997. He loved music and excelled at guitar and drums. He played middle school football but was happiest when he was working as a co-owner of Harris Motors, Inc., a Harley-Davidson after-market shop in Dixie, Washington. He enjoyed learning all the mechanics involved and built his own Harley at the age of 17 and was a proud member of RIDER of Washington. He also loved fishing and camping and caught a trophy crappie while in his teen years, a picture of which was published in Sports Illustrated magazine.

After a summer hiatus, he enlisted in the USMC and served honorably for four years as a Combat Photographer. Upon discharge, he briefly joined his family in Fallon, Nevada, then moved to Carson City where he worked for a motorsports business. He married Jessica Vasquez and together they had a daughter, Aubry DeLay. He adopted Jessica's son, Damyen at the time of their marriage.

Josh later returned to Fallon where he worked at various jobs until he became disabled and

his health declined. He is survived by his father and stepmother, Calvin and Carol DeLay of Touchet, Washington; his mother and stepfather, Elaine and Anthony Baldwin of Fallon, Nevada; a brother, Brian DeLay, Fallon, NV; and his daughter Aubry DeLay, Fallon, NV. A sister, Nichole, preceded him in death in 1976.

A military tribute is planned, and distribution of cremains will follow at a later date.

Semper Fi, Josh.

Funeral Home: 

The Gardens 

2949 Austin Hwy

Fallon, NV 775-423-8928


Shane Austin 02/23/2024 03:25 PM
Hey DeLay, it's Austin. One of your old Marine buddies from 1st Marine Division Combat Camera. I just cannot believe you aren't here anymore. I have been off the grid for a few years and lost contact with everyone I served with, but I oftentimes think about the good times we all had and the misery we all shared that make our bonds unbreakable even if we haven't talked in years. Trust me when I say this, when I read your obituary, I was in tears. I truly miss you brother. Rest in peace.

Comment author: Claude EzzellComment text: Paul was one of the most manifest men I have ever met. He was a good friends with my Dad and always had an entertaining story for the occasion. One of my most favorite stories Paul told dated back to the late 60s or early 70s and it revolved around him killing a deer way out in the mountains. Naturally the deer ran down into a deep canyon and died. Knowing that it would take him forever to haul it out he devised an awesome plan. After preparing the deer he drove back to NAS Fallon and rustled up a SAR crew and they flew out and picked up the deer. Of course it was labeled as a training flight but what the hell in those days you could do that sort of thing. Rest in Peace my friend until we meet again!!Comment publication date: 4/11/24, 1:15 PMComment source: Obituary - LCDR Paul N PflimlinComment author: THughesComment text: So sad to hear. Prayers to the Goings family.Comment publication date: 4/5/24, 6:35 PMComment source: Obituary - Bill GoingsComment author: April SmithComment text: I love this beautiful woman and her family so much. Such a pure soul and I had a great pleasure taking care of her while she was at the homestead and being by her side for her last daysComment publication date: 4/2/24, 8:50 PMComment source: Obituary - Frances Elaine (Sanford) Atkinson V Comment author: Veronica BrandenburgComment text: Dee was the nicest lady! I remember her fondly from the days of my youth at Northside Elementary, many years ago. She and Mrs. Rowe were my favorite office ladies! I am so sorry to hear of her passing. My thoughts are with her family.Comment publication date: 4/1/24, 3:26 PMComment source: Obituary - Mary Delda “Dee Hewitt