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David Harris DeLano

February 25, 1950 ~ July 6, 2018 (age 68)

David Harris DeLano, age 68, died suddenly on July 6, 2018, due to complications of a long-fought battle with heart failure. 

David was born on February 25, 1950, in Winona, Minn., to Gladys (Anderson) and Danvil DeLano. He was a 1968 graduate of Winona Senior High School and a 1973 graduate of Hamline University, where he majored in economics. He began work at the G. Heileman Brewing Company in LaCrosse, Wisc., and eventually held the position of Corporate Credit Manager until the company was sold in 1996. He then worked as credit manager at Ashley Furniture in Arcadia, Wisc. David made many lifelong friends along the way. 

David served on the Winona Area Public School Board from 1990-1996 and in 1992 he  voted to make Bluffview Montessori the first school in the United States to be given charter status. David was serving as a Wilson Township Supervisor at the time of his death. 

David married Cynthia Thompson 30 years ago on March 3, 1988. They raised David’s son, Marcus, and gave him a little sister, Jessie. David loved his family farm in Pleasant Valley, which was established in 1856 and was designated a sesquicentennial farm in 2006. Many afternoons were spent atop his favorite bluff overlooking the property, surrounded by crab apple trees planted by his great-great-grandfather. He cared for the farm until his death.

His loves included his family, the Packers, fly fishing, hunting, the family farm, family genealogy, and the Second Amendment.  A die-hard cheesehead, David authored the Packer Partisan in the Winona Post for 17 years as a counter to his best friend John Edstrom’s Viking View. From a young age, David was a talented trumpeter and loved music. He was a self-proclaimed Heileman Brewery historian, and co-authored a history of the company, Brewed with Style. 

David is survived by his wife, Cynthia, daughter, Jessie, Boston, Mass., and son, Marcus, Winona, and his children, Alexis and Aidan. He is also survived by his sister, Susan (Kirk) Andrea of Hastings, Minn., and his brother, John (Theresa) DeLano of Gilbert, Arizona, and their families. He is also survived by many special friends including his deer hunting buddies, trout fishing friends, Blackberry Road neighbors, lifelong school friends, and former co-workers.

A visitation will be held from 9 - 11 a.m., on Friday, July 13, 2018, followed by funeral services at 11 a.m. at Central Lutheran Church, Winona. All are welcome to attend and celebrate David’s life.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

Services entrusted to Fawcett Junker Funeral Home and Crematory, Winona, MN and Fountain City, WI.   Words of sympathy or remembrance may be left at


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