Our beloved dad, George "Ray" DeLonge, passed away on Dec. 11, 2012.
He was born to George Alvin and Iva Mae DeLonge on Dec. 13, 1938, in Steamboat Springs, Colo.
Ray's kind and loving spirit set a wonderful example for all who knew him and he will be forever missed.
In 1957, Ray married his high school sweetheart Margaret Hamblin. They were married for 55 years and together they have four wonderful children. Ray found the greatest joy in being involved in his children's lives. He was passionate about athletics, outdoor recreation and the ocean. Ray started coaching Pee Wee baseball and coached his three sons through Babe Ruth League. He was proud that his three sons played American Legion baseball. Margaret was by his side and was present at all games supporting her husband and sons. Ray continued his love of sports by attending all of his grandkids and great-grandkids games. His children and grandchildren all were deeply loved and Ray never forgot what it was like to be young; they came to see him as a friend, as well as a dearly loved dad and grandpa.
Ray came to Klamath Falls in 1951, attended Mills Elementary School and graduated from Klamath Union High School in 1956. At the age of 12, he began working for the Herald and News with a paper route in the Mills Addition. While a freshman in high school, he began working in the pressroom as a cleanup boy. After that, Ray began to set type on the paper and his lifelong love of the newspaper press began.
Throughout Ray's career, he saw four new presses come to the Herald and News, and installed them. He was responsible for the first color to be printed in the newspaper. Throughout the Northwest, he was noted as the icon of the press industry.
Upon retiring as pressroom foreman from the Herald and News in 1999, he lived his dream of fishing and attending sporting events and family gatherings of all kinds. Ray never missed an Oregon Institute of Technology basketball game or baseball game at Kiger Stadium.
Over the years, Ray made many wonderful friends. When he was diagnosed with cancer in 1999, we found out just how strong Ray truly was. He fought a long, hard battle for 13 years. His family thinks of him and other cancer victims as wounded warriors, too, as they fight every day to battle this horrible disease. Ray will forever be in our hearts and dearly missed.
Ray was preceded in death by his mother and father George Alvin and Iva Mae DeLonge.
He is survived by Margaret, his wife of 55 years; sons and daughters-in-law Gary and Brenda DeLonge, Dave and Stacy DeLonge, and Danny and Margaret DeLonge; daughter Diana DeLonge; grandchildren Christopher, Katie, Tarren, Keaton and Danlynn DeLonge; step-grandchildren Jake, Josh and Jarron Carpenter; great-grandchildren Payton and Sage DeLonge; brothers Allen DeLonge and Chuck and Lola DeLonge; sister Shirley Hannen; cousin Art; and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the children's athletic program of your choice.
A memorial service will be held at Ward's Klamath Funeral Home on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at 1 p.m.
Published in Herald And News on Dec. 13, 2012