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Gordon E. Delong

Gordon E. Delong

Gordon E. Delong age 88 of Elmwood passed away peacefully on Saturday May 18, 2019 at the Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home. Gordon was a kind, caring and gentle man who leaves behind many friends and admirers with his passing.

Gordon was born August 1, 1930 in Dunn County.  He was the son of Everett and Pauline (Kelm) Delong and grew up in the Elmwood area.  As a young man he farmed with his parents in the Township of Eau Galle.  Gordon married May Smith September 4, 1951 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Elmwood.  After marriage they continued farming on the home farm until 1966 when they purchased a farm in Exile area and farmed until he retired.  In 2017 they moved into the Village of Elmwood where he has remained for the rest of his life.

Gordon’s passion was farming.  Besides farming he enjoyed hunting with his son and grandchildren, fishing and spending time with his family and friends. Gordon was the type of person that always looked for the “good” in people, was kind and had great sense of humor.

Gordon is survived by his wife, May; two children Connie Dolby of Menomonie, Dan (Julie) Delong of Menomonie; nine grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Leola (Lawrence) Retz, his daughter Lori Moss, and a son-in-law, Ken Dolby.

The family would like to thank Interim Home Care and Hospice for the great care that was given to Gordon this past year, Dr. Wojciechowski for his compassionate care and concern and the staff at the Heritage of Elmwood for all the care given to Gordon.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday May 25, 2019 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Elmwood with Rev. Guy Bergenthal officiating with burial in the Weber Valley Cemetery, rural Eau Galle

Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 8:00 PM Friday at Welcome Home Assisted Living in Elmwood and one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday.


  1. Jeff Wagner

    Sorry to hear about Gordy passing. The time I spent staying with and helping on the farm were some of my best memories. Gordy was like a Dad, teacher and best friend to me. RIP old friend. Thoughts and Prayers to the Family.

  2. Vicki Morgan

    My heartfelt sympathies to all of the Delong family including Dan, Julie, Michelle & Emily whom I knew the most. I know how much he meant to you. He lived a good long life. God bless you as you're in my thoughts & prayers!
    Love, Vicki

  3. Susan Kapping Gregg

    Dear May... I have always thought of you and Gordy as our second parents since mom and dad passed away. I will always remember our visits to your first farm. And the Thanksgivings that we spent together. Dad and Gordy were quite the pair! And both so easy going. Now they are together again in a better place. You and your family have my deepest sympathy. I know you will all miss him very much.

  4. Nancy Gullickson

    My heart breaks for all of you. I was not fortunate enough to meet Gordon, however, I was blessed with the friendship of Dan and May.

    Hugs to all of you. ????

  5. gail bus engelbretson

    connie so sorry to hear about your wonderful father. my heart goes out too you and your beloved family. I can feel your loss as I lost my dad too and I still miss a lot but I know he is with me always. may god comfort you and ease your heart over the loss of your beautiful dad. .... and hope your mother will be ok as I know the love she had for him and you her children. ......................sincerely gail wood buss

  6. Big John

    Our thoughts and prays are with you. I will miss you not being in the deer stand next to me, and the advice and heat you provided my daughter on her first deer hunt. Tens years later she still talks about it with a smile.

  7. Mary Hartung

    So sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Mary Hartung

  8. Judith Kapping Hammer

    Dear May and family
    Your beloved Gordan will be missed greatly here on Earth.
    I can only imagine the joy that was shared when Gordan was able to reunite with family and friends that passed on before him.
    My deepest sympathy for your loss!

  9. Jill (Baier) Bennwitz

    May & Family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time of loss of Gordon. You were an amazing caregiver to Gordon this past year along with other family members so he could be at home as long as possible. May God Bless. Sincerest Sympathy.

  10. Angie Nelson

    So sorry for your loss, but lucky you could have a grandpa this long. God bless you and yours.

  11. Nancy Franke

    My deepest sympathy is sent to you and your family at this difficult time.

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