Dennis DeLong

  • "I hope you are looking down on us, and enjoying the view...."
    - Brian DeLong
  • "Your birthday is tomorrow and it hasn't gotten easier yet...."
    - Denise DeLong
  • "Thinking of the DeLong Family esp during this Father's Day. "
  • "We miss and love you dad"
    - brian delong
  • "Rest In Peace, Dennis. You were always the toughest act to..."

Anchorage resident Dennis Wayne DeLong, 76, died March 13, 2011, at home.

A celebration of life will be from 2-6 p.m. April 2 at American Legion Post 28, 7001 Brayton Drive.

Dennis was born Nov. 15, 1934, in Crosby, N.D., to Arthur and Gladys (Lyon) DeLong. He attended school in Alkabo, N.D. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean conflict. He moved to Alaska in 1964 and worked as a painter.

Dennis married Vera Fields on Jan. 13, 1979. He was an industrial coating contractor who owned Diversified Coatings and Alaska Steel Coatings from 1980 until retiring in 2003. He also owned the Western Lounge/Club Oasis from 1980-2004. Dennis worked in more than 100 Alaska villages.

He was a member of the American Legion, AMVETS, VFW, and the Eagles. Dennis enjoyed travel, making many trips to Hawaii and enjoying his travels in his motor home throughout the Lower 48.

His family said: "Anyone who met Dennis never forgot him. His smile, razor-sharp wit and terrific sense of humor made him that unique individual who made friends easily wherever he went. Dennis was dearly loved by all of his family. He was an honest, hardworking man from humble beginnings with little education who built successful businesses, outworking his employees into his 70s. He always took care of his loved ones. Dennis often said he had done everything he set out to do in his life. He traveled all over Alaska and the world for work and pleasure, enjoying it all. Dennis died the way he lived, his own way, resolute to the end to die in his own home, in his own bed, with his family near him. We will miss him forever."

Survivors include his wife, Vera; daughter, Denise; sons, Brian and Art; stepson, Richard Robertson; brother and sister-in-law, Dale and Phyllis DeLong; sisters and brothers-in-law, Bonnie and Whitey Kretchmer and LaDonna and Bill Wright; mother-in-law, Edna Bennett; sister-in-law, Deb Greeson; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations may be made to the charity of the donor's choice

Arrangements are with Cremation Society of Alaska,


Published in Anchorage Daily News from Mar. 19 to Mar. 20, 2011
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