Delehoyde, William (October 19, 1880 - June 10, 1944)

Prominent Resident,

Wm. Delahoyde, Dies Saturday Death Follows Long Illness; Funeral Services Held Yesterday Afternoon At Congregational Church

Unknown - June 13, 1944

Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock at the Congregational church for William Delahoyde, 64, prominent Douglas resident and for years identified with the LaBonte Hotel, here, who passed away early Saturday morning at his home, following an illness which had confined him to his bed the past three months.

Mr. Delahoyde first became ill about a year ago, and shortly after the first of the year his condition made it necessary for him to dispose of the LaBonte Hotel and he sold his interests to Frank Converse of Casper and Lester Carter of Billings.

In March he went to Rochester to consult specialists at the Mayo clinic, where it was found he was suffering from a cancer for which there was no cure. Upon returning home he was forced to his bed where he remained until his death.

William Delahoyde was born in Ginnell, Ia., on Oct. 19, 1880. He moved with his parents to Prescott, Ark., at an early age, coming to Wyoming in 1907, settling at Lusk, then in Converse county.

He entered the army in World War I and served overseas until the sign of the armistice. He was a member of the American Legion.

He was engaged in business in Lusk for 19 years and later at Thermopolis where he owned and operated a theatre.

In February, 1920, he was united in marriage to Miss Sadie Messenger of Douglas. Mr. and Mrs. Delahoyde came to Douglas to live in 1928, when they took over the management of the LaBonte Hotel. For a period of time, the Delahoydes left here and lived at Cheyenne for a year where he managed the Frontier Hotel.

Under the management of Mr. Delahoyde, the LaBonte became one of the best known and popular hoteiries in the West.

"Bill" was known all over Wyoming and he had a great host of friends, both young and old. Traveling men and other looked forward to staying at the LaBonte because of the fine service the Delahoydes offered and for the friendly home-like atmosphere they created. Bill will be greatly missed, not only by those of this community but throughout the state.

At his bedside when he passed away were his devoted wife, Sadie; his two sisters, Mrs. Mary Leake of Exira, Ia., and Mrs. Anette Johnson of Emmittsburg, Ia.; Mrs. Delahoyde's mother and sister, Mrs. Mary Messenger and Mrs. Esther Calwell of Sioux City, Ia., who are left to mourn his passing.

Active pallbearers at the services yesterday were Rhea Tillard, J. Fred Jenne, Carroll Mohr, Charles McLean, Elmer Hardy and E.D. George.

Honorary pallbearers were John Agnew of Lusk, Henry Bolln, H.F. Esmay, Bob Irvine, Joseph Garst, John D. LeBar, Luther Freeman, T.Lee Reno, John Downs and Russell Queen.

Burial was in Douglas Park Cemetery.


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