Forrest A. DeLong
Forrest A. DeLong, age 97, of Shelby, died Saturday, December 20, 2014 at the Louis Stoke Cleveland VA Medical Center Wade Park Campus.
Forrest was born August 2, 1917 in Ganges, Richland County, Ohio, the son of the late James Burley and Pearl (Keckler) DeLong. Forrest was truly a man of the “Greatest Generation.” He selflessly defended his country serving as a member of General Patton’s 3rd Army, 2nd Division, 23rd Infantry parachuting into Normandy on D-Day and fighting in the Battle of the Bulge. He also fought in France, Belgium, and Germany and was in Pilsen, Czechoslovakia on V-E Day. Forrest was a hard worker his entire life. He was an electrician at Ideal Electric for 27 years and was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers for 15 years. Upon his retirement, he worked at the YMCA for 8 years and managed the Mansfield Avenue Car Wash for 4 years. He was a lifetime member of Trinity United Methodist Church (the original Evangelical United Brethren) where he was currently the eldest member.
On May 19, 1943, Forrest married Kathleen Cashen and she survives. Also surviving are: a daughter: Sandy (Bill) Russell of Shelby; 2 sons: Jim (Donna) DeLong of Canton, MI, Bill (Kathy) DeLong of Cottonwood, AZ; 6 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Forrest was preceded in death by his brother, Richard DeLong, and an infant brother, Ivan DeLong.
Family and friends are welcome on Sunday, January 4, 2015 from 2-5 PM at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby where funeral services will be held on Monday at 10:30 AM with Rev. Dr. Edna Stahl officiating. Military honors will be conducted by Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail at the funeral home and burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church.
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