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Douglas C. DeLong

Douglas C. DeLong

Douglas C. DeLong, age 75 of Elmwood, died Sunday, September 30, 2018 at his home in Elmwood with his family by his side after a courageous battle with cancer.

Doug was born on March 5, 1943 to Neil and Dorothy (Reitz) DeLong in Elmwood. He grew up in Elmwood and graduated from Elmwood High School. After high school, Doug joined the U.S. Army, served stateside at Fr. Carson, CO. and was Honorably Discharged. Doug married Lorraine Anderson on December 31, 1965 in Ellsworth. After marriage, they lived in Elmwood where Doug worked at the Pierce County Highway Department and raised his family. He worked for the highway department for over 20 years before retiring. Doug was a member of Gilman Lutheran Church and was currently serving as a council member and on the cemetery board. He belonged and served on the board of the Pierce County chapter of the Northwest Turkey Federation (NWTF). Doug was also member of the Crain-Ottman American Legion Post #207 in Elmwood.

Doug enjoyed hunting, fishing, sapping, bowling, golfing, playing cards and shaking dice with his coffee group in Elmwood. He liked to watch and play all sports, from playing softball to watching the Packers on TV. Doug took many fishing trips to Alaska where he spent his days catching salmon, halibut and digging up clams on the beach with his friends. He was well known for his family and church fish fries.

Doug is survived by his wife of 53 years; Lorraine, children; Cheri (Chris) Jacobson of Spring Valley, Curt (Dawn) of Elmwood, grandchildren; Casey (Nick), Brooke (Lance), Jade, Abby and Maddie, one brother; Roger of River Falls, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, twin sisters in infancy and one brother in infancy.

Funeral Services will be 11:00 AM Thursday, October 4, 2018 at the Gilman Lutheran Church in Spring Valley with Rev. Peter Friberg will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery with Military Honors by the Crain-Ottman American Legion Post #207. Visitation will be Wednesday 4:00PM-8:00PM at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Elmwood and one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Elmwood, is serving the family.


  1. joan crownhart link

    sincere sympathy to you and your family
    Doug and I had so much fun in high school as we always sat next to each other in home room and classes. always was glad to visit with him over the years

  2. Greg Asher

    I have a lot of respect for Doug, he was a great guy and i will miss his upbeat attitude!!!

  3. Jolene Honkomp

    Brooke I’m so sorry for the loss of your grandpa. He was a wonderful man and grandpa. I’m glad I was able to meet him and so many in your family. My prayers are with you and everyone in your family. He will be missed by many.

  4. Andrea Maxfield McCandless

    Sympathy and preachers to your family.

  5. Suzi Crownhart

    Lorraine, Cheri and Curt, So sorry to hear about Doug’s passing. My deepest sympathy to all of you and your families. Doug was a good guy! Suzi Crownhart

  6. Richard Kendall

    Lorraine, you have constantly been in our thoughts and prayers these last trying months. Cleo informed us of what we new would be coming soon. We are so glad we got to visit with Doug this past summer. Will have a lasting memory of him serving us coffee and sending strawberries with us when we left! God be with you and your family. Love, Cousin Richard and Mavis

  7. Martha Hartung

    Lorraine and family,
    You have our deepest sympathy and prayers ???????????? Doug was so kind and happy when he came out to drop off his syrup. We loved visiting with him???????????? Rest is Peace Doug????????????

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