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Lewis E. DeLong

Lewis E. DeLong


Lewis E. DeLong, 70, of Lodi, passed away Sunday, November 25, 2018 at Lodi Community Hospital following an apparent heart attack. He was born January 19, 1948 in Lodi, to John and Kathryn (Henry) DeLong.

Lewis graduated from Cloverleaf High School in 1966 and attended Ohio State University. On June 19, 1971, he married his high school sweetheart, Lynn Schenke, she survives.

Lewis had been in the home construction trade for eight years prior to starting his second business, Motor Coach Restorations in 1976, restoring antique and classic cars. He participated in 10 races of "The Great American Race" during the 1980's. He also was in numerous Alcan 5000 Races to the Arctic Circle and "The Race Around the World" in 1991 took him from London to Beijing, China.

He operated his third business, Fire Truck Specialties from 1990 to 2006 and was currently a private contractor with Frontier Communications. Lewis had served on the Harrisville Zoning Board of Appeals for 35 years and was an EMT with the Burbank Fire Department for 10 years.

He had become a very talented woodworker and also farmed his family's farm where he had lived his entire life. He enjoyed politics and with his large circle of friends he was always ready for a good debate or a personal conversation about life. After traveling around the world during his racing days he came to realize what a great place America is to live.

In addition to his wife, Lynn, he is survived by his daughter, Michele; mother, Kathryn DeLong; brother, Darrell (Sandra) DeLong; nephew, John DeLong and brother-in-law, Michael (Sue) Schenke.

Visitation will be Wednesday, November 28, 2018 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. at Parker Funeral Home, 210 Medina St., Lodi, 330) 948-1122, where funeral services will be held Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 1 P.M. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Lodi.

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