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Michael J. “Debo” Delaney, 48, of Wausau, passed away on February 24, 2018 while in Cancun, Mexico.

Debo was born in El Cajone, California on January 17, 1970 to Michael “Nick” Nicholas and Gloria Dean Nelson. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corp in 1991, Debo was then stationed in Security Force Company in Rota, Spain. He also served in Fox Company, 2nd Battalion 7th Marines in 29 Palms, CA., and was honorably discharged in 1995. Michael was decorated with a Rifle Sharpshooter Badge, Good Conduct Medal, Meritorious Mast Overseas Ribbon w-1 Star, National Defense Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Letter of Appreciation and the Pistol Marksman Badge for his service to our Country.

Debo was a man who wore many hats. He was a brilliant artist, both on canvas and on skin, as he was also a co-owner of Blackwater Tattoo where he logged thousands of hours of ink on many dedicated clients. Debo was a gun enthusiast, who loved to listen to heavy metal music or hang out at home and take in a B Horror film. But most important to him were his family and friends. Debo was a loving son. He was proud of his boys, Malik and Brandon; loved his nieces and nephews, Emily, Lauren, Anna, Aubrey and Maxwell. He was excited to meet his soon to be born niece, Baby Delaney.

He loved to share his love of the arts with his brother Caleb, though their taste in music did slightly differ. He loved his sisters, Summer and Jamie and wished he could have spent more time with them. To Debo his family and friends were his life.

He is survived by his sons; both of his parents, Michael Nicholas and Gloria Delaney; brother, Caleb (Stephanie) Delaney; sisters, Summer and Jamie; nieces Emily, Lauren and Anna Barber and Aubrey Delaney; nephew Maxwell Lambrecht; his partners at Blackwater Tattoo; and fiancé, Randi Schara.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Tara Olson.

Funeral services will be held at 7:00 pm on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at Brainard Funeral Home-Wausau Chapel, 522 Adam Street. The Rev. Wes Jedras will officiate. Visitation will be held from 4:00 pm until the time of services at the funeral home.

The family would like to thank Randi Schara for caring for Debo right up until the very end, and despite losing Michael, she followed through with his wishes, and spread his late wife Tara Olson’s ashes into the ocean. Your love and dedication to our dad, brother and son will never be forgotten.

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  1. Sarah Hetzel

    03/01/2018 at 1:03 pm

    I am devastated. I checked the obituaries to find out when another dear friends services are, and the first thing I see is ‘Michael ‘Debo’ Delaney’. I had not yet heard, as I was not in contact with Mike because of my own selfish, immature, and uncalled for reasons. He was my tattoo artist for years, and was a very faithful and understanding friend just in the last 6 months, and in that short time I saw what a wonderful soul he is. I am asking his forgiveness as I type this and cry my eyes out. I will miss him horribly and I’m so sorry to him and his family for not making the funeral services. Sincerely,
    Sarah B Hetzel

  2. Paul Missett

    03/01/2018 at 1:03 pm

    Go with God Michael. Our prayers go out to his family and friends. Semper Fi, Marine!

  3. Bjackson

    03/01/2018 at 1:03 pm

    I extends my sympathy to those whose lives were touch by Debo.
    Death is a enemy of God and mankind . 1 Corinthians 15:26. He has promise to reverse death by means of the resurrection , John 5:28,29.Then restore life on a Paradise earth. Luke 23:43, Isaiah 26:19.

  4. Gordon McLane

    03/01/2018 at 1:03 pm

    My deepest sympathy to Gloria, Summer,Jamie and Caleb for the loss of Michael a son and brother.My prayers are with you during this most difficult time.