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Jim H. DeLong

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Jim H. DeLong Obituary

Jim DeLong went to be with our Lord on 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.

After WW II, Jim attended the Merchant Marine Academy where he was certified as a radio officer. He spent much of the late 1940s at sea. In 1954, he and his family, at that time, moved to Alamogordo where he became 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. He returned to New Mexico in 1963 and his second child being born soon thereafter.
In the late 1960's, he and his family moved from Cloudcroft to Alamogordo. Before retiring, Jim returned to his love for the sea, serving on ships and ranging from the Gulf of Alaska to the Singapore Straights. Most of his life, he was an avid ham radio operator (W5PLH) and maintained contact with other operators throughout the world many years after his retirement. Being raised on a ranch, Jim was also an avid hunter and fisherman, hunting elk until a few years ago.

Jim is predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Geraldine Vickery DeLong.

He is survived by his two children, Hal (Corinne) DeLong of Carson City, Nev., and Deidra (Lance) Eckerd of Ruidoso; his five grandchildren, Josh (Jen) DeLong of Thornton, Colo., Sarah (Brett) Godfrey of Westminster, Colo., Candey (Don) Eldred of Cloudcroft, Khrystyne (Will) Kilgore of Lubbock, Texas and Ariadne Eckerd of Ruidoso; his four great grandchildren, Miriam DeLong of Thornton, Colo., Naomi DeLong also of Thornton, Colo., Vane Eldred of Cloudcroft and Matthias Eldred of also Cloudcroft.

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.

Services will be held 10 a.m., Friday, June 20, at Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home Chapel, 1334 Scenic Dr., with Ronny Rardin officiating. Interment will follow at Monte Vista Cemetery, 1590 First St.

The Delong family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the funeral services.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from June 14 to July 13, 2014
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