Norm DeLong, 86, of Oelwein passed away Wednesday June 2, 2021. Visitation will be from 4-7 PM on Friday June 11, 2021 at the Geilenfeld-Buehner Funeral Home in Oelwein. Funeral Services will begin at 10:30 AM on Saturday June 12, 2021 at Grace United Methodist Church in Oelwein with Pastor Rick Johnson officiating. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery at Oelwein. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family. The family would like to extend their deepest appreciation to the St. Croix Hospice.
Due to state and federal guidelines on gatherings regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing and wearing a mask are recommended.
Norman Lee DeLong was born in Oelwein on October 25, 1934 to parents George and Helen (Hungerford) DeLong. He graduated from Maynard High School with the class of 1952 and attended Upper Iowa University in Fayette for one year. On August 23, 1953 he was united in marriage with Mari Ann Shreve at Grace United Methodist Church in Oelwein. Norm was employed with Rath Packing Company in Waterloo for 2 ½ years. He then began a longtime career with the Donaldson Company in Oelwein for 38 years, retiring as Plant Superintendant. Norm was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and served on the Oelwein Community School Board for nine years.
Norm and his wife Mari Ann settled on an acreage in 1968 where they raised their five children. Norm enjoyed his Arabian horses and other animals that made their way to the acreage. He enjoyed the Packers, Yankees and NASCAR. Norm was an avid Iowa Hawkeyes Football fan and one of his favorite memories was when he attended the 2005 Capital One Bowl with Mari Ann and son Steve, enjoying one of Iowa’s most exciting wins. He took numerous trips to Canada where he enjoyed Walleye fishing. He and Mari Ann loved to travel and took many memorable trips.
Through the years Norm was an active supporter of his grandchildren and great-grandson’s sports and other activities. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and continue to love him.
Left to celebrate Norm’s life are his wife Mari Ann, whom would have been married for 68 years in August; his children: Jeffery (Juanita) DeLong of Cedar Rapids, Ann Richards of Rochester, MN, Jo Beth (Lee) Nehl of Hazleton and Lisa Hamilton of Oelwein; his grandchildren: JoliAnn, Joshua, Jeremy, Rhiannon, Kate, Claire, Lydia, Luke and Lauren; his great-grandchildren: Jaxton, Avenly and Graham; his siblings: Gene (Florence) DeLong of Oelwein and Alice (Roger) Mangan of Littleton, CO.
He was preceded in death by his parents George and Helen DeLong; his son Stephen DeLong on July 9, 2009; his infant brother Kenneth DeLong; and his son-in-law Brad Richards.