|Birth: ||Nov. 11, 1947|
|Death: ||Aug. 12, 2009|
CHILLICOTHE, IL - Richard A. "Duck" DeLong, 61, of Chillicothe died at 11:59 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009, at his residence.
Richard was born Nov. 11, 1947, in Peoria, the son of C. Lowell DeLong and Lillian Meister DeLong. He married Diane C. Hayward on Aug. 3, 1979, in Peoria. They later divorced.
Surviving are two sons, Donald DeLong of Peoria Heights and Ryan DeLong (Kendee Fuller) of Canton; his stepmother, Delores DeLong of Peoria; one brother, Dan (Melanie) DeLong of Morton; two aunts, Evelyn (Ralph) Aberle of Collinsville and Arvilla Hume of Eugene, Ore.; two grandchildren, Hunter Varnes and Dominic DeLong of Canton; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by both parents and several aunts and uncles.
Richard served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Vietnam.
He worked as a pipe fitter for Caterpillar Inc. at Mossville Plant Building BB, retiring after 32 years.
Richard was a member of the Native American Fellowship Dayspring Church in East Peoria, serving as firekeeper.
He played volleyball with a group for more than 30 years.
He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of Illinois, where he continued to raise the issue of POW/MIAs. He was a member of Riverside AA in Chillicothe, where he became very close to fellow members.
Funeral services will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009, at Weber-Hurd Funeral Home in Chillicothe. The Rev. Carol Lakota Eastin and Two Hawks will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Burial will be in Blue Ridge Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the donor's choice.
Published in the Peoria Journal Star on 8/14/2009
Lillian M. Meister DeLong (1922 - 2008)
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