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Fentress Mortuary

1805 North A Street, Fort Smith, AR

OBITUARY

Richard DeLong

October 21, 1933June 3, 2020
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Richard Sidney Delong, 86, passed away on June 3, 2020 in a Fort Smith hospital. He was born in Hamburg, PA October 21, 1933. After graduating from Hamburg High School, he was signed to play professional baseball with the Braves organization. He was drafted into the Army and served at Fort Chaffee and later overseas in Germany. After his discharge, he settled in Fort Smith with his wife Valeria, both lifelong members of Saint Boniface church, and worked at Baldor electric for 2 decades.

His love of baseball led him to open DeLong’s House of Baseball, a sports memorabilia shop which he operated for about 25 years. Throughout his life, he was closely associated with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Fort Smith. His volunteer service began in the 1960’s and he continued into 2014, helping his grandsons, Jeremy and Joshua, coach their first teams. He also umpired countless games at Hunts Park, Ben Geren, and other facilities. He also coached several basketball teams at the Jeffrey Boys Club. He was later inducted into the Boys and Girls Club Alumni Association Hall of Fame. Dick was an avid fisherman and sports fan who thoroughly enjoyed coaching, announcing football games at Hunts Park, and teaching kids the fundamentals of the game. He was a devoted husband and father who will be sorely missed by family and friends.

Funeral Service will be at 3:00 P.M. Friday at Fentress Mortuary Chapel. Interment will be at the U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith. Arrangements are under the direction of Fentress Mortuary of Fort Smith.

Richard is preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Valeria; and his great granddaughter, Gemma. He is survived by his daughter, Donna Brown of Muldow; two sons, Mike DeLong of Sherman, TX and Pat DeLong of Pensacola, FL; six grandchildren, Jeremy and Joshua Brown, Brenna Lewis and Brice DeLong, Crystal Stanley and Richard A DeLong; four great grandchildren, Landon, Tanner, Brooks, and Greyson.

Pallbearers will be Leroy Brown, Marty Hoyt, Justin Hoyt, Jeremy Brown, Joshua Brown, Brice DeLong, and Richard A. DeLong.

Viewing will be from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Thursday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Fort Smith Boys and Girls Club, 4905 N. O St., Ft Smith, AR 72903 or the Boys and Girls Club of Sherman, TX, PO Box 452, Sherman, TX 75091.

  • FAMILY

  • Valeria DeLong, Wife of 55 years (deceased)
  • Donna Brown, Daughter
  • Mike DeLong, Son
  • Pat DeLong, Son
  • Jeremy Brown, Grandchild
  • Jeremy Brown, Grandchild
  • Brenna Lewis, Grandchild
  • Brice DeLong, Grandchild
  • Crystal Stanley, Grandchild
  • Richard A. DeLong, Grandchild
  • Gemma, Great Grandchild (deceased)
  • Landon, Tanner, Brooks, and Greyson, Great Grandchild
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Leroy Brown, Pallbearer
  • Marty Hoyt, Pallbearer
  • Justin Hoyt, Pallbearer
  • Jeremy Brown, Pallbearer
  • Joshua Brown, Pallbearer
  • Brice DeLong, Pallbearer
  • Richard A. DeLong, Pallbearer
  • DONATIONS

  • Fort Smith Boys and Girls Club
  • Boys and Girls Club of Sherman, Texas

Services

  • Viewing

    Thursday, June 4, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, June 5, 2020

Memories

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Brenna Gentry

June 5, 2020

Mike, Michele, and family,
We send our love and prayers for comfort and peace during this difficult time. Richard’s work on earth is done and now he may join his beloved wife and Master. May God fill you with love and happy memories of a life well lived ❤️
Don and Brenna Gentry

COY AND DIANA WHITTMORE

June 5, 2020

What a wonderful man Richard Delong was to our family. He gave our son Heith is first job at the card shop, and that began many many years of collecting for my husband and son. Prayers to the family, we know he will be dearly missed. RIP Richard.

Sam Baker

June 5, 2020

Thinking of you Donna. Your father was a gentle soul.

David Crowder

June 4, 2020

My deepest sympathy to the family. A great man that dedicated his life to helping and teaching the youth of Ft Smith. You can't think of Boys Club baseball without thinking of Mr DeLong. The DeLong family and the Crowder family was connected through baseball but also through a long friendship. Mike and the rest of the DeLong family my condolences.

Eddie Donovan

June 4, 2020

Condolences to the family.
Mr DeLong was someone I was proud to call my friend and he will be missed by many.
Job well done🙏
Eddie Donovan

Bryan Partee

June 4, 2020

On behalf of the Staff, the Board, and the kids of the Boys & Girls Club of Sherman: if Dick's son, Mike, is any indication of the man he was, it was a life well lived.

Condolences on the loss. You are in our hearts.

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Biography

Richard Sidney Delong, 86, passed away on June 3, 2020 in a Fort Smith hospital. He was born in Hamburg, PA October 21, 1933. After graduating from Hamburg High School, he was signed to play professional baseball with the Braves organization. He was drafted into the Army and served at Fort Chaffee and later overseas in Germany. After his discharge, he settled in Fort Smith with his wife Valeria, both lifelong members of Saint Boniface church, and worked at Baldor electric for 2 decades.

His love of baseball led him to open DeLong’s House of Baseball, a sports memorabilia shop which he operated for about 25 years. Throughout his life, he was closely associated with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Fort Smith. His volunteer service began in the 1960’s and he continued into 2014, helping his grandsons, Jeremy and Joshua, coach their first teams. He also umpired countless games at Hunts Park, Ben Geren, and other facilities. He also coached several basketball teams at the Jeffrey Boys Club. He was later inducted into the Boys and Girls Club Alumni Association Hall of Fame. Dick was an avid fisherman and sports fan who thoroughly enjoyed coaching, announcing football games at Hunts Park, and teaching kids the fundamentals of the game. He was a devoted husband and father who will be sorely missed by family and friends.

Funeral Service will be at 3:00 P.M. Friday at Fentress Mortuary Chapel. Interment will be at the U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith. Arrangements are under the direction of Fentress Mortuary of Fort Smith.

Richard is preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Valeria; and his great granddaughter, Gemma. He is survived by his daughter, Donna Brown of Muldow; two sons, Mike DeLong of Sherman, TX and Pat DeLong of Pensacola, FL; six grandchildren, Jeremy and Joshua Brown, Brenna Lewis and Brice DeLong, Crystal Stanley and Richard A DeLong; four great grandchildren, Landon, Tanner, Brooks, and Greyson.

Pallbearers will be Leroy Brown, Marty Hoyt, Justin Hoyt, Jeremy Brown, Joshua Brown, Brice DeLong, and Richard A. DeLong.

Viewing will be from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Thursday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Fort Smith Boys and Girls Club, 4905 N. O St., Ft Smith, AR 72903 or the Boys and Girls Club of Sherman, TX, PO Box 452, Sherman, TX 75091.