Ronald E. DeLong, age 83, of Amery, Wisconsin passed away on Friday, February 23, 2018 at the American Heritage Care Center in Hammond.
Ron was born November 9, 1934 in Knapp, Wisconsin to Harrison and Margaret (nee Liter) DeLong. The fifth of twelve children, he grew up on the family farm in the Knapp, Plum City and Emerald areas. He participated in baseball and football at Glenwood City High School, graduating in 1952. Ron was an excellent history student. Even ten years after his graduation Mr. Elling Flottum, his history teacher, recounted him as his best student. Ron served his country from 1957 to 1959 in the United States Army, a stint that included an assignment in Germany, as a communications specialist.
He married, moved to the Milwaukee area, worked in construction and had 4 children with his first wife, Shirley (nee Webb); Ronald “Rick”, Sheryl, Russell and Sondra. When that marriage ended in 1979, he returned to northwestern Wisconsin which allowed him to assist his parents in their aging years. Ron married Janet (nee Wienke) Hawley on November 22, 1980 and lived in Amery until his passing.
Ron played guitar, writing and recording his own songs and performing in his living room for hours on end. The tone of his voice provided amazing renditions of Johnny Cash’s greatest hits, his favorite country singer. Ron cherished his ancestry and spent many years researching and compiling family genealogy. He was also an avid gardener and gatherer for much of his life, growing potatoes and raspberries.
Those left behind to cherish Ron’s memory are his loving and devoted wife, Janet of Amery; son, Rick (Chris) DeLong of Jackson, WI; step-daughters, Theresa (Paul) Newman of White Bear Lake, MN; Brenda Olson of Chetek, WI; Dawn (Tony) Jensen of Amery, WI; Michelle (Mike) Streich of Amery, WI.
Grandchildren, Jonathan DeLong of Wageningen, Netherlands; Matthew (Kerry) DeLong of Menomonee Falls, WI; Eric (friend, Cheryl Schurmeier) Newman of New Richmond, WI; Emily Newman of Eden Prairie, MN; Alyssa Newman of Vadnais Heights, MN; Jacob Newman of White Bear Lake, WI; Logan Olson of Chetek, WI; Kelsey Olson of Chetek, WI; Ciarra Schwenzig of Okinawa, Japan; Hayden Streich of Amery, WI; great-grandchildren, Aubree, Bradyn and Ashlynn Newman of New Richmond, WI; step-grandchildren, Nicole Steich-Sillman of Clayton, WI; Lisa Hecht of Amery, WI; and Lucas Streich of Jerseyville, IL and one step great-grandchild Allie Kramer of New Richmond, WI.
Brother, Tom (Janet) DeLong of Hammond, WI; sister, Judy (Tom) Wink of Glenwood City, WI; sister, Donna (Dean) Thesing of Oakdale, MN and sister-in-law, Pat DeLong of Emerald, WI; and many, many nieces and nephews; classmate and life-long friend, Louis (Kathy) Hastert; neighbors and friends.
Preceding Ron in death were his beloved parents; brothers and sisters, Geraldine, Darrel, Mary, Eilene, Melvin, Roberta, Duane and Barbara.
Visitation will be Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 9:30-11am at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Amery, WI. Pastor Tom Hahn will officiate the funeral service honoring Ron’s life at 11am. Interment, with military honors, to follow at St. John’s Lutheran Church Cemetery, Forest, WI. Lunch and fellowship will be provided at Redeemer Lutheran Church.
To sign an online guest book and view a video tribute please visit www.williamsonwhite.com
Arrangements were entrusted to the Williamson~White Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 222 Harriman Avenue North Amery, Wisconsin 54001.