Doyle F. DeLong

November 18, 1934 ‒ November 23, 2019

Butler, Ohio

BUTLER: Doyle F. DeLong, 85, of Butler passed away Saturday morning, November 23, 2019 at home surrounded by his loving family.

The son of Jay and Leora (Yarger) DeLong, Doyle was born in Butler on November 18, 1934 and graduated from Butler High School in 1952.

Doyle served in the Army during the Korean War as a Military Policeman.  He was honorably discharged in 1959.

That same year, on November 6, 1959 Doyle married Nancy Harry, the two celebrated 60 years of marriage.  For nearly 60 years, Doyle was a member of Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church.

First and foremost, Doyle was a lifelong farmer.  After working 22 years for Shafer Valve Co. in Mansfield, he retired in December of 1996.  Doyle also worked for 20 years as a Shop Foreman for Hi-Lo Trailer Company in Butler.

Doyle and Nancy founded the Silver King Tractor Club.  He enjoyed restoring Silver King Tractors.  Doyle was a sports fan, especially when it came to cheering for his grandchildren.  He was kind and selfless, always helping others first.  Doyle will be remembered for his gentle, loving personality.

He is survived by his wife Nancy DeLong of Butler; three daughters, Rhonda DeLong of Butler, Karla Winand of Butler, and Linda (Greg) Tedrow of Bellville; seven grandchildren Ryan (Keerstan) Brown, Taylor (Aaron) Hill, Ridge, Bailey, and Tanner Winand, and Shelby and Brady Tedrow; two great grandchildren Nova and Emma; sisters Marilyn (Dick) Kochheiser, Annabelle (John) Huddle, and Alberta (Alan) Little; as well as nieces, nephews and extended family.

Along with his parents he was preceded in death by his son-in-law Bart Winand.

The DeLong family will receive friends Tuesday, November 26, 2019 from 3-7:30pm in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home where funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11am. The Rev. Carl Cunfer will officiate.  Burial with military honors performed by the Bellville American Legion Post #535 will follow in Bunkerhill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church may be made through the funeral home.

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And on the 8th day God looked down on his planned paradise and said, “I need a caretaker!”. So, God made a farmer!
God said I need somebody to get up before dawn and milk cows and work all day in the fields, milk cows again, eat supper and then go to town and stay past midnight at a meeting of the school board. So, God made a farmer!
I need somebody with strong arms. Strong enough to rustle a calf, yet gentle enough to deliver his own grandchild. Somebody to call hogs, tame cantankerous machinery, come home hungry and have to wait for lunch until his wife is done feeding and visiting with the ladies and telling them to be sure to come back real soon…and mean it. So, God made a farmer!
God said “I need somebody that can shape an ax handle, shoe a horse with a hunk of car tire make a harness out of hay wire, feed sacks and shoe scraps. And…who, at planting time and harvest season, will finish his forty hour week by Tuesday noon. Then, pain’n from “tractor back”, put in another seventy two hours. So, God made a farmer!
God had to have somebody willing to ride the ruts at double speed to get the hay in ahead of the rain clouds and yet stop on mid-field and race to help when he sees the first smoke from a neighbor’s place. So, God made a farmer!
God said, “I need somebody strong enough to clear trees, heave bails and yet gentle enough to tame lambs and wean pigs and tend the pink combed pullets…and who will stop his mower for an hour to mend the broken leg of a meadow lark. So, God made a farmer!

It had to be somebody who’d plow deep and straight…and not cut corners. Somebody to seed and weed, feed and breed…and rake and disc and plow and plant and tie the fleece and strain the milk. Somebody to replenish the self feeder and then finish a hard days work with a five mile drive to church. Somebody who’d bale a family together with the soft strong bonds of sharing, who’d laugh and then sigh…and then respond with smiling eyes, when his son says he wants to spend his life “doing what dad does”. So, God made a farmer!

  • Much love and prayers to you all for Uncle Doyle’s passing. I will always remember his kind smile and gentle nature- much like Grandpa DeLong. Praying for God’s peace to surround you Aunt Nancy, as you go through this trial. Love to you all and hugs from Texas. Xoxo

  • So sorry to hear of cousin Doyle’s passing. I remember visiting the farm as a kid and riding the pony. He will be so missed. Sending love and peaceful thoughts to Nancy and the family from here in Arizona.

  • Sending our sincere sympathy with our thoughts and prayers to your family after hearing of Mr. Delong’s passing.
    The Marth Family

  • To all the family. We are so sorry to hear of his passing. Thoughts and prayers are with you and all of the family. Please accept my deepest condolences. Cliff and Charlene.

  • Linda and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I know your dad will be greatly missed. Prayers for comfort for you and your family.
    Janet Burden

  • Linda and sisters, So sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. Cherish his memories and know that he is resting in peace now. Sending prayers to all of you and your mom. Love Jackie Strong

  • I was saddened to hear of Uncle Doyle’s passing. We were very happy to have had a nice visit with him a couple of years ago when we were in Ohio. Many childhood memories have come back to me today as I remember working on the farms, and holidays and birthdays spent together. Kathy and I are praying for you Aunt Nancy, Rhonda, Karla and Linda during this time.

  • So sorry for your loss. I’m thankful for the chance to visit this summer . We had a great time reminiscing about all the good years. My cousin will be sorely missed. Know that you’re in our thoughts and prayers, Nancy and family, during this time. Sending all our love from California.

  • sorry to hear of Doyle’s passing. he will be greatly missed. much love and prayers to Nancy and the entire family.

  • To Doyle’s Family:

    You have my sincere condolences for Doyle’s passing. I started working at Shafer Valve Company about 4 years prior to Doyle’s start date. Doyle was a gentle man who was always there to help his fellow employees and a pleasure to be around every day at work. He always had such a positive attitude and always had a smile on his face every morning. He often offered ideas to improve the workplace and totally understood our business as a result of his extensive experience at Hi-Lo Trailers. He was a very loyal and valued employee and just an all around great person. May he R.I. P.

    John Kurtz
    Retired President, Shafer Valve Company

  • Nancy and family,
    Sincere sympathy in your loss of a great man. Always with a smile on his face, and such a gentle soul. My heart goes out to all of you during this sad time.

    Susan (Shreffler) Glenn

  • So sorry to hear of the passing of your husband and father. We send our sincere
    condolences to the whole family.
    The Haip Family

  • We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Doyle. Without a doubt, his absence will be felt tremendously within your family and friends. We send our prayers and sincere condolences to each one of you.
    The Dickerson Family

  • Nancy. Rhonda Karla and Linda
    I apologize for not knowing until today
    About Doyle I am so sorry. I loved always seeing him and you all. It was always exciting to see and talk to him. John enjoyed him a lot . he was very special.
    Prayers and hugs for all. God bless

    Malinda worner

  • Nancy and girls: So sorry for your loss. Sorry that we weren’t able to make it up to funeral. Doyle always reminded me of Uncle Cliff. He always had a smile on his face and joking around with you. He will be missed but always have the memories.

    Love, Kathy and Kristia Kovacs