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2019-02-06 / Obituaries

William M. DeLong, Sr.

William “Bill” Marshall DeLong Sr. died January 29, 2019 while in the company of his wife, Norma “Tootie” DeLong.

He was born in Iroquois, IL June 28, 1936, son of the late George and Cora (Riley) DeLong, and raised in Hulbert.

He enlisted in the United States Navy August 23, 1955 and was honorably discharged August 22, 1961, attaining the rank of Aviation Ordnanceman Third Class.

While fulfilling his obligation to the U.S. Armed Forces, he married the former Norma Marie Barker in Brunswick, ME June 13, 1957, where he was stationed. They later lived in Petoskey, where he was a police officer from 1962 to 1977. He served in the Michigan Army National Guard from 1977 until his retirement June 28, 1996 with the rank of Staff Sergeant.

He moved back to Hulbert in 1977 with Norma and son, Bill. He was a deputy sheriff of Chippewa County from 1977 to 1987. He and his wife owned and operated the Paradise Restaurant in Paradise from 1984 to 2002. They retired to Hulbert in 2002, where he resided until his passing.

Amongst his favorite hobbies were bird hunting, riding his four-wheeler, mowing the lawn, playing cribbage, watching baseball and Westerns and reading Louis Lamour. He enjoyed attending church services and Bible studies at Community Bible Church in Strongs, where he was a member and served as a deacon for many years.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his siblings, Walt, Tootie, Elsie, Charlie and Chet.

He leaves behind his children, Terri DeLong, Cheryl (DeLong) Baudoin, William “Bill,” Jr. and Jane (Holmes) DeLong; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and sister, Marjorie Bennett.

Funeral services will be held in the spring at Strongs Community Bible Church with military honors following at the Hulbert Township Cemetery.

Condolences may be expressed online at

Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.

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