Anchorage resident Dennis Wayne DeLong, 76, died Sunday, March 13, 2011, at his home.
A Celebration of Life will be held from 2-6 p.m. April 2, 2011, at American Legion Post 28, 7001 Brayton Dr., Anchorage. His cremains will be scattered at a later date in Alaska and North Dakota.
Mr. DeLong was born Nov. 15, 1934, in Crosby, N.D., to Arthur and Gladys (Lyon) DeLong. He attended Alkabo School in Alkabo, N.D., through the 8th grade. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1951-1954 in Korea. He moved to Alaska in 1964 and began contracting as a painter. Mr. DeLong married Vera Fields on Jan. 13, 1979. He owned and operated Colorama during the 1960s; Randy's Painting during the 1970s and was an Industrial Coating Contractor owning Diversified Coatings and Alaska Steel Coatings from 1980 until his retirement in 2003. He was also the owner for Western Lounge/Club Oasis from 1980-2004. Over his career, Mr. DeLong worked in over 100 villages in Alaska.
He was a member of the American Legion Post 28, AMVETS, VFW, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. he enjoyed to travel, making many trips to Hawaii and enjoying his travels in his motor home during his retirement in the Lower 48.
His family wrote: "Anyone who met Dennis never forgot him, His smile, razor sharp wit, and terrific sense of humor made him that unique individual who made friends easily wherever he went. He was an honest, hardworking man from humble beginnings with little education who built successful businesses. He always took care of his loved ones. Dennis often said he had done everything he set out to do in his life. He travelled all over Alaska and the world for work and pleasure, enjoying it all. Dennis died the way he lived -- his own way -- resolute to the end to die in his own home in his own bed with his family near him. We will miss him forever." His brother and sister-in-law added: "Dennis was not only an amazing brother, but our best friend. We cherished the times we could be with him and Vera as as I (Phyllis) told Dennis the last time we talked, I was going to ask the Lord for a house right next door to him in heaven. He will be sorely missed, but much loved."
Mr. DeLong was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Vera; daughter, Denise DeLong, of Anchorage; sons, Brian DeLong, of Anchorage, and Art DeLong, of Soddy Daisy, Tenn.; stepson, Richard Robertson, of Wasilla; brother and sister-in-law, Dale and Phyllis DeLong, of Helena, Mont.; sisters and brothers-in-law, Bonnie and Whitey Kretchmer, of Shasta Lake City, Calif., and LaDonna and Bill Wright, of Miles City, Mont.; mother-in-law, Edna Bennett, of Anchorage; sister-in-law, Deb Greeson, of Anchorage; and many nieces and nephews in Montana, Canada, California, Idaho, North Dakota and Minnesota.
Memorials donations can be made to the donor's choice.
Arrangements by Cremation Society of Alaska.
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