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Jim H. DeLong

ALAMOGORDO, New Mexico Jim DeLong went to be with our Lord on Sunday, June 8, 2014. Jim was born in San Angelo, Texas, on Jan. 4, 1925, and grew up on the family ranch by the Concho River, south of Christoval, Texas. Except for three years, he resided in the Alamogordo and Cloudcroft area from 1954 until his passing. Following World War II, Jim attended the Merchant Marine Academy where he was certified as a radio officer and spent much of the late 1940's at sea. In 1954, he and his family, at that time, moved to Alamogordo where he was involved with missile telemetry. One of his more enjoyable assignments was at Fort Churchill, Canada, from 1957-1958, as part of the International Geophysical year researching the makeup of the Northern Lights. In 1960, he was placed in charge of the tracking station in Corpus Christi, Texas, during NASA's Project Mercury returning to New Mexico in 1963, with his second child being born soon after. In the late 1960's, he and his family moved from Cloudcroft to Alamogordo. Before retiring, Jim returned to his love for the sea on ships ranging from the Gulf of Alaska to the Singapore Straits. Most of his life, he was an avid Ham radio operator (W5PLH) and maintained contact with other operators throughout the world many years past his retirement. Being raised on a ranch, Jim was also an avid hunter and fisherman, hunting elk until a few years ago. Jim was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Geraldine Vickery DeLong. He is survived by his two children, Hal (Corinne) DeLong of Carson City, Nevada, and Deidra (Lance) Eckerd of Ruidoso, New Mexico; his five grandchildren, Josh (Jen) DeLong of Thornton, Colorado, Sarah (Brett) Godfrey of Westminster, Colorado, Candey (Don) Eldred of Cloudcroft, New Mexico, Khrystyne (Will) Kilgore of Lubbock, Texas, and Ariadne Eckerd of Ruidoso, New Mexico; and his four great-grandchildren, Miriam DeLong of Thornton, Colorado, Naomi DeLong of Thornton Colorado, Vane Eldred of Cloudcroft, New Mexico and Matthias Eldred of Cloudcroft, New Mexico. Jim always enjoyed watching the sunsets from his home. In words, he could craft a more beautiful portrait than they saw, loving to share his life and thoughts with family and friends. We will sincerely miss him and his way with words. Service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 20, 2014, in Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home chapel, 1334 Scenic Drive, Alamogordo, New Mexico with Ronny Rardin officiating. Interment will follow in Monte Vista Cemetery, 1590 1 St. in Alamogordo. The Delong family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the funeral services. To sign the online register book, please visit alamogordofuneralhome.org.



Funeral Home

Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home - Alamogordo
1334 N. Scenic Dr.  Alamogordo, NM 88310
575-437-0530

Published in GoSanAngelo from June 15 to June 16, 2014
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