Jerry Delong, 82, Las Vegas

Jerry DeLong, 82, died Saturday, May 19, 2012, in Las Vegas.

Jerry was born Feb. 2, 1930, in Oak Park, Minn. His physical stature and larger-than-life personality earned him th nickname “Big Jer.” He was a man of great integrity.

Jerry proudly served in the U.S. Navy on an aircraft carrier and traveled the world. In 1952, he married the girl of his dreams, Barbara Corrow, during the “blizzard of the century,” in Fletcher, Minn. They loved raising the four daughters that came first: Denise, Debra, Dana and Diana; then four sons: Paul, Mark, Jon and Tom, and enjoyed the 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchilden that eventually followed.

In 1973, Jerry and Barbara brought a load of Minnesota Christmas trees to Las Vegas. They loved the weather and moved the family to Las Vegas just two years later.

Jerry was proud to drive for Las Vegas Paving for many years, making lifelong friends and tall tales to tell. As much as he loved Nevada, Jerry missed Minnesota and his good friends there. He and Barbara went back to visit most summers.

Jerry worked hard, played hard, and adored his family, as they adored him. He often said, “We’re making memories” as the family enjoyed their many parties, trips and get-togethers.

Donations may be sent to Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kan. 66675.