The Obit For Bill Delich

Wiliam E. Delich

Published in Kansas City Star on November 29, 2011

Wiliam E. Delich passed away peacefully at home on Friday, November 25, 2011.

He will be sadly missed by his loving wife, Mary Jo; his children: Mary Rixey
(Robert), Renee Demott (Kirby), William Delich (Jennifer), and Emily Mirich (Robert); grandchildren: Allison, Caroline, Amanda, and Caitlin Rixey; Lucas and Connor Demott; Cassandra and Calvin Delich; Andrew, Madeline, Peter and Caroline Mirich; and his sister, Katherine Prather.

Bill was born January 8, 1928 in Kansas City, KS to Joseph and Eva (Bartko) Delich, who preceded him in death, along with his sister, Doris Kolich and brother, Richard Delich.

Bill had a long and varied baseball career. He played in Missouri 3 & 2 during WWII and signed with The Brooklyn Dodgers in 1945. "I was the first kid from Missouri 3 & 2 to sign to play professional baseball." He played for Thomasville in the NC State League.

In 1946, Bill joined the US Navy for two years. He then played with the championship Ponca City, OK team in the KOM League. The shortstop was signed by Tom Greenway (Ed note: The scout was Tom Greenwade) in his last year with the Dodgers. He finished his playing career in 1951in Asheville, NC in the Tri-State League.

He was a coach and manager in Ban Johnson from 1958 to 1978. "I remember some of the kids I coached that went on to pro ball, and I think I gave them the knowledge to succeed in the pros."

Bill also had a long, successful career as a self-taught civil engineer. He joined the firm of Schlup, Becker and Brennan, PA in 1956, and became a stockholder and vice-president in 1974. In 1992, Bill became President of the firm and the name was changed to Delich, Roth, and Goodwillie.

Bill was chosen by the Eastern Chapter of the Kansas Engineering Society as the Outstanding Professional Engineer for 1984-85. He was president of that chapter from 1978-79 and chairman of the Kansas Consulting Engineers from 1982-83. At the time of his retirement in 2001, he was chairman of the board.

Bill was an avid sportsman, especially enjoying his annual fishing trips to Canada with family and friends. He was a wonderful Grandpa who took a special interest in his grandchildren's lives and was always so proud of them.

Visitation will be Thursday, December 1st at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 16000 West 143rd St., Olathe, KS beginning at 10:00 AM, with a Rosary at 11:30 AM followed by the Funeral Mass at Noon. Inurnment will be in Resurrection Mausoleum.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to The Guardian Angel Fund at St. Thomas Aquinas High School, 11411 Pflumm Road, Overland Park, KS 66215 or to Prince of Peace Catholic Church. Arrangements: Skradski Funeral Home, Kansas City, KS 913-371-1404.