Julien P. Delphey, Frederick Delegate

July 19, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Julien Paul Delphey, a former Frederick County Republican member of the Maryland House of Delegates and a sporting-goods store owner, died of an aneurysm July 12 at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 91.

Mr. Delphey was born and raised in Frederick, and graduated in 1937 from Frederick High School.

During World War II, he served with the Army Signal Corps at Edgewood Arsenal.

After the war, Mr. Delphey went to work for Delphey's Sports Store, a business his father, J. Paul Delphey, established in 1905 on West Patrick Street in Frederick.

He turned the business over to his son, who operated it until 1970, when he was elected to the House of Delegates. He served in the House until 1982.

The family-owned business closed in 1998.

Mr. Delphey also served as president of the Frederick County delegation and was a founding member of the Frederick County Republican Club.

He was a past director of Frederick Memorial Hospital Home Care and a former director of Maryland National Bank.

He was a life member of the Frederick County Fish & Game Protective Association, life member of the Thurmont Conservation Rod and Gun Club, and a former member of the Frederick chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America.

Mr. Delphey was a member of the Elks and Moose and was a past president of the Sons of the American Revolution.

He was a member of the board of the Mount Olivet Cemetery in Frederick and a member of Calvary United Methodist Church.

Mr. Delphey enjoyed spending time at a second home in Seneca, Montgomery County, where he enjoyed boating and fishing on the Potomac River.

Family members said he also liked working on his 70-acre "hobby farm" in Frederick County, where he raised peacocks, buffalo, elk, deer and cattle.

Services were held Thursday.

Surviving are his wife of 65 years, the former Laura Roe; a son, Jay Paul Delphey of Naples, Fla.; a daughter, Julia Delphey Wesolek of Frederick; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Another son, Chester Grant Delphey, died shortly after birth.

- Frederick N. Rasmussen

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