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James R. DeLong, 71

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Posted: Wednesday, November 1, 2017 5:00 am

James R. DeLong, 71, of Titusville, passed away, Sunday afternoon, at Titusville Area Hospital after a long, hard-fought battle with cancer. 

He and his wife, Kelly Graham, were married June 18, 1983, in Titusville, and made their home here for the past 24 years.

Born in Warren, a son of the late Eldo K. and Betty Dietch DeLong, he was a graduate of Warren High School, Class of 1964, and a graduate of Slippery Rock University and the American College. 

He was a retired Oil City school teacher, Prudential Insurance representative, and retired Oct. 1, this year, from Empowerment/Great West as a certified financial advisor where he was passionate about his work advising Pennsylvania state employees on how to plan for retirement.

He was an active member of Take Pride in Titusville, a member of The Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce, the VFW, a former member of the Titusville Community Band, Follies Band, and a former judge of drum corps and marching band competitions. 

He served as the director of the Oil City Marching Band in the early 80s. He marched with the Cornplanters Drum Corps, of Warren, and also with the Twin City Imperials. He was honored with “Pennsylvania Snare Drummer of the Year” during this era.

An avid photographer and outdoorsman, he published “A Walk In The Park,” a book of photography and history of Oil Creek State Park. 

He was honored with the title of “Wilderness Hero” for his work photographing and preserving the Allegheny National Forest. 

He enjoyed wood-working and making and refinishing fine furniture. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping. 

His favorite hobbies were kayaking and searching out little-seen waterfalls in the Pennsylvania wilderness. His photos of waterfalls and eagles can be found all over the U.S.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are five children, daughters Jessica and Chelle, and sons Lane (wife Melissa), Robin, and Ryan (wife Taryn). Also surviving are brothers John and Eldo; grandchildren Layla and Aelyn; his in-laws Hiram and Joyce Graham and many brothers, sisters, and cousins-in-law. He is also survived by his best friend, the honorable Wm. Rudy Say.

Jim was well spoken, and well spoken of. He was deeply committed to his work, his family, and his community. He was endlessly proud of his children and wife, and will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

A ceremony of life will be held for family and friends at a later date.

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