John DeLong

John Edward DeLong

Monday, August 14th, 1944 - Tuesday, November 17th, 2020
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John Edward DeLong, age 76 of Murfreesboro, Tennessee passed from this life on Tuesday, November 17, 2020, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

John was born Monday, August 14, 1944 in Indianapolis, Indiana, he was the son of the late Marion DeLong and the late Helen Edmonson DeLong. He was raised in Clayton, IN where he excelled in baseball and basketball. He also was in chorus, band, and drama in high school. He studied at Purdue University where he became an engineer. After college, he served the US Navy and took five tours of combat in the Vietnam War.

After his service in Vietnam, he went to various cities in Asia. While he was stationed in Japan, he met Hiroko Katada and they were married in 1970 at the United States Embassy in Tokyo. They moved back to John's hometown in Clayton, IN and raised a son Donald, and a daughter Simone. As an industrial engineer, he worked at Linkbelt, International Harvester and Batesville Casket in Indiana. In 1989, he moved his family to McMinnville, TN as he took a position at the Carrier Air Conditioning plant.

John was an avid sports fan, especially baseball. His favorite team was the Atlanta Braves in which during the summer, you would always find him catching up on a game or talking about the last Braves game. He also loved to garden, and took great pride in growing beautiful flowers around his house. He was known for his quick wit, his infectious smile, and his kind and compassionate spirit.

John is survived by his:
son - Donald DeLong
daughter - Simone DeLong
3 grandchildren - Anastasia, Rachael, and Ethan
many other family members and friends also survive.

In addition to his parents, John was also preceded in death by his wife Hiroko DeLong.

A Graveside service will be at 1:00 PM on Saturday at Gardens of Memory Cemetery at 5201 Manchester Hwy, Smartt, TN 37378 . Interment will be in Gardens of Memory Cemetery, Smartt, TN. Veteran Honors by American Legion Post 173 Honor Guard and VFW Post 5064.

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    Saturday, November 21st, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, November 21st, 2020 1:00pm
    Gardens of Memory Cemetery
    5201 Manchester Hwy.
    Smartt, TN 37378
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    Frank Harmon
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    Gardens of Memory Cemetery
    5201 Manchester Hwy
    Smartt, TN 37378
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Sandra Kay Watkins

Posted at 07:22pm
Worked with John at IH. He was a riot. Use to kill flys with a ruler and stapler. His brother lived around the corner from me. Have often thought and spoke about John over the years. My sincere condolences to his children, grandchildren and his remaining family.
Sandra Kay Watkins

Simone DeLong Posted at 10:17am

Sandra! He talked of you often! I think he came over to your house one time at Halloween so Don and I could trick or treat! Thank you!

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Ricky (Holly) & Elaine Holobaugh

Posted at 05:29pm
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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Billy & Stephanie Beels

Posted at 10:45am
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Kobra Kai

Posted at 10:29am
We are so sorry for the loss of your father. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We love you Don.
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