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April 2, 1929 - Oct 4, 2012 PIEDMONT On October 4, 2012, Robert J. DeLong, 83, went home to be with the Lord after battling Park-inson's and Alzheimer's for the last five years. Bob was born in Cordell, Oklahoma, on April 2, 1929, and was raised in Carnegie, Oklahoma. Bob attended Oklahoma A&M, where he received a degree in Accounting. He retired as Financial Vice-President of Grace Drilling. He married his sweetheart and celebrated sixty years of marriage with Betty Henderson DeLong on September 20, 2012. Bob served in the Air Force in the early 1950s. He is survived by his wife, Betty DeLong, of Piedmont, who provided astounding love, care and support throughout their life together. Bob was a wonderful father to his three daughters: Terri King and husband Johnnie, of Yukon; Pam DeLong, of Yukon; and Dana Larkins and husband Bill, of Piedmont. He was the best Papa and is survived by grandchildren: Melissa Griffin and husband Danny, of Mustang; Robby Moon, of Oklahoma City; J.J. Taylor and wife Ashley, of Piedmont; Brandon Taylor, of Piedmont; Jacalyn King, of Mustang; Bryan Taylor, and fiancee Adriane, of Nevada City, CA; Betsy Taylor, of Piedmont; Chelsea DaVoult and husband Gary, of Duncan; and thirteen great-grandchildren. Bob is also survived by sister, Billye Tooman, of Pauls Valley; brother, Jerry DeLong, of Waxahachie, TX; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Lotie and Barney DeLong; and siblings, Aileen Montgomery, Barney DeLong, Jr., and Bettye Lee Whisenant. Bob was an avid golfer who belonged to a golf team known as the Fraternal Order of Linksmen (FOOLS). One of his favorite accomplishments was a hole-in-one in 1960. He was a member of Putnam City United Methodist Church and a member of New Hope Sunday School Class. Bob's family was his pride and joy, and he will always occupy a loving place in our hearts. He was the heart and soul of our family and will be greatly missed. He is now waiting for us in Heaven, where we will have a joyful reunion!! We would like to thank our wonderful caregivers for all of the love and support they provided: Sara Bishop, Celeste Najera, Christina Griffin, Carrie Owens, and Crossroads Hospice. Viewing will be held at Chapel Hill Funeral Home, and services will be held at the Putnam City United Methodist Church on October 9th at 2 p.m.

Published in The Oklahoman on Oct. 7, 2012
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