March 26, 1919 ~ February 6, 2019

Born in: Onaway, Michigan
Resided in: Lakewood, Colorado

James ‘Jim’ Ludger Daly, 99, of Lakewood, Colorado passed away February 6, 2019. James was born March 26, 1919 in Onaway, Michigan to James Joseph and Margaret Theresa Daly.

Jim was the oldest of 8 brothers and 3 sisters. He enlisted in the Navy and earned his wings in 1944 and served as a bomber pilot in World War 2, assigned to VP-142, piloting a PV2 Harpoon. He saw combat on Midway and Tinian. He was called back to military service in 1950 for the Korean war and was stationed at Iwakuni air base in Japan, assigned to VP-772, piloting a PB4Y2 bomber. After 2 tours, he was honorably discharged at the rank of Lieutenant and began his business career and family.

Jim graduated from the University of Southern California with a business degree in 1948. While attending school, he met Bette Louise (Smith), and they were married on May 28th, 1950. While raising their 3 sons, Jim had a very successful career building and growing technology companies. In their later years Bette and Jim enjoyed spending time with their growing family in Naples, Florida and Waupaca, Wisconsin. Together, they enjoyed golfing, playing bridge, and their glass of wine every day at 4 O’clock.

Jim is survived by his beloved wife of 68 years, Bette Louise (Smith) Daly; Sons, Scott (Kathy), Sean (Christie), and Quinn (Jo-Lynn). He has 7 Grandchildren, Ryan, Michael, Brendan, Megan, Sam, Amanda and Max and 2 Great-Grandchildren, Emma and Charlotte. He is preceded in death by his parents, 5 brothers and 2 sisters.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, February 14, 2019 from 5-8pm, at the Horan & McConaty Family Chapel, 3101 S. Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood, Colorado 80227.

A Catholic Mass will be held at 1:00pm on Friday, February 15, 2019, also at the Horan & McConaty Family Chapel in Lakewood. The Mass will be followed by a Military Service at Fort Logan National Cemetery at 3:15pm with Navy Honors, recognizing the service he gave to our Country.

There is a Reception immediately following the military service.


Visitation: February 14, 2019 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Horan & McConaty - SW Denver/Lakewood
3101 S. Wadsworth Blvd.
Lakewood, CO 80227

Funeral Mass: February 15, 2019 1:00 pm

Horan & McConaty - SW Denver/Lakewood
3101 S. Wadsworth Blvd.
Lakewood, CO 80227

Room: Chapel

Graveside Service: February 15, 2019 3:15 pm - 3:45 pm

Fort Logan National Cemetery
3698 South Sheridan Boulevard
Denver, CO 80236

(303) 761-0117

Room: Shelter 'C'

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  1. I have many happy Memories of family gatherings in the Waupaca area. I’ve often wondered where Scott, Sean, and Quin have settled and lived their lives and accomplished.
    Peace and blessings on all.
    Edward Pings

  2. Jim & Betty have been a part of our wonderful memories in Waupaca. They always welcomed us on our annual visit. My first boat ride and tubing experience was with Jim driving us around the lake. I could hardly keep the life jacket on but I loved the water! Once he hauled fire wood to our camp site in his Jaguar, that he was known to drive. A kind, down to earth man in my book. Our love and prayers go out to the family.

  3. You lived a long life and raised a beautiful family, Uncle Jim! We all had good times visiting you in Waupaca at the lake cottage. May you Rest In Peace. And to Aunt Bette and my cousins, my deepest condolences. Take good care of each other. Sending family love, Peggy

  4. Treasured Memories of visiting cousin Jim and Betty in summer 2004 in Naples. May he Rest In Peace.
    From Paul, Sinead, James and Conor (Mullingar, Ireland)

  5. Our deepest sympathies to the Daly family. May God grant your family comfort and peace with his guaranteed promise of seeing your love one again (John 5:28,29).

  6. Uncle Jim was a very kind and funny guy. He taught me the only card trick I know, and I still think of him whenever I show it to a new victim! He always welcomed us to his houses in Waupaca and I have fond memories of the 1st cottage they rented on Spencer Lake, then the house on Dake Lake (that was within walking distance to the Camp Cleghorn Store and candy!), and the final house on Round Lake where I remember being so amazed that you could have a phone in your boathouse!! Hugs to Bette, Scott, Sean, Quinn, and all their families, keep your memories close!!

  7. Tom & Bernie Curtis. Wonderful memories of visiting cousin Jim & Betty in Naples, Florida & his Ireland visit in 1970’s. May Jim Rest In Peace. Our heartfelt sympathy to Betty, their sons Scott, Sean, Quin & families.

  8. Jim Daly was truly a wonderful man. I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to know him and to hear some of his amazing stories. What an amazing life he lived! May he Rest In Peace. Sending my condolences to the Daly family.

  9. From: Fintan Costello, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Sad to hear of the passing of my first cousin Jim Daly. Deepest sympathies to Betty and family on behalf of Teresa and myself together with our clan: Fiona / Kristan and their children Liam, Gemma, Aiden, and Julia; Shannon / Michael, and their daughter Ciara; Adrian / Francesca.

  10. I met Jim when I worked at Balfour and we hit it right off!! I’m a navy vet so we had many stories to share with each other. Such a long and wonderful life. He came and spoke at my work and the audience enjoyed hearing his stories about the war and his flying. A good man from the “greatest generation” who embodied all that was great about that era! As an Orthodox Christian it is customary to wish Jim’s family … Memory Eternal!!! God be with the family at this time to comfort you all to remember a wonderful man, husband, father, uncle and grandfather!

  11. I remember Jim’s trip to Ireland in the mid 1970’s to visit his aunt Agnes (my grandmother).
    He brought me a gift…a beautiful hard-back Atlas. I was in my early teens at that time!
    Fondly remembered and may he rest in peace.
    Sincere condolences to Bette and family.

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