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Henry “Herk” DeLong

  • On May 12, 2021

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Henry “Herk” DeLong, 80, resident of Washington, Pennsylvania, on May, 11th 2021. He was born on June 27th, 1940, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a son of the late Fred C. and Mary Furar DeLong. Herk graduated from West Newton High School in 1958. He attended classes at Clarion University and proudly served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve with service during the Cuban Missile Crisis in Florida. Herk wore many hats during his career and owned his own heating and air conditioning business in Miami, Florida. Upon moving back to Pennsylvania, he was the proprietor of the Water Street Inn in West Newton, Pennsylvania and served as a volunteer firefighter. Herk went on to serve as a career police officer and detective for the South Strabane Police Department while living in Washington, Pennsylvania. Herk attended the FBI National Academy (131st Session) in 1982 and was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 22, the American Legion, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and the order of Free and Accepted Masons (32nd Degree). He also owned DeLong’s Heritage Inn near Central City, Pennsylvania before moving back to Washington. Herk was an avid fan of 50’s and 60’s music. He had a passion for firearms and cherished time with his family.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Fred M. DeLong and step-son, Matthew Fargo. He is survived by his beloved wife, Ann Marie Fargo of Washington; father-in-law, Paul Songer (Shelley); son Vaughn DeLong (Suzanne) of Suffolk, Virginia; son Eric DeLong (Casey) of Junction City, Georgia; step-daughter Andrea Fargo of Washington, Pennsylvania; grandchildren Keagan and Ryan DeLong of Suffolk, Virginia; Eric, Dash, Charlize and Rambo DeLong of Junction City, Georgia; Danyel Swaner of Ogden, Utah; Kane, Kyle and Elijah Deyell of Washington, Pennsylvania and Makenzie Fargo of Washington, Pennsylvania; He is also survived by numerous brothers and sister-in-laws and nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 11 AM at Pittsburgh Cremation and Funeral Care, 3287 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317, (724) 260-5546. Internment will take place at Washington Cemetery with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the FOP Lodge #22, 340 Ewing Street, Meadow Lands, PA 15347.

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Eric J. Zipko
My sincere condolences go out to Henry “ HERK” DeLong’s family. Sincerely, Eric J. Zipko
Carol Easton
Sending our
Carol Easton
Sending our heartfelt sympathy to Herk’s family at this sad time. Although we never had the opportunity to know him well, because of the distance between our families across the country, we remember Herk as a friendly, good guy, and a supportive brother-in-law to our sister Sharon DeLong. God Bless him for his service and may he Rest In Peace now with loved ones! Carol, Jack, & Jay Easton
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