Delbert Ray Long, beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend passed away peacefully at his home on March 12, 2009.
He was born Sept. 7, 1925 in Edna, Kan., as the oldest child of Harry and Hazel Long. Delbert enlisted in the U.S Army in 1943 and served his country with honor from 1943 to 1946. He served in both the European and Pacific Theaters during World War II.
On Sept. 1, 1946 he married Bobbie Fahler. He began his career in the oil and gas industry, working for Empire Surveys and traveling throughout the southern United States. Delbert purchased Empire Surveys in 1956 and in 1957 moved his family to Moab, where he operated his company until retirement in 1987.
He enjoyed golf, fishing, bowling and spending time with his family.
He was an active member of the Moab Golf Association, serving as president and board member during the renovation and expansion to the 18-hole golf course. He was a member of the Elks, Shriners, Masons and St. Francis Episcopal Church.
He is survived by his wife, Bobbie, brother, Jerry (Joanne) Long, Albuquerque, N.M., daughters, Kathy Turvy, Moab, Sharon (Gus) Liapis, Dayton, Ohio, five grandchildren, Cynthia Hopkins, Denver, Colo., Phillip (Kiran) Liapis, Dayton, Ohio, Stephanie Liapis, New York, N.Y., Scott Liapis, New York, N.Y., and Zach Liapis, Dayton, Ohio.
Services will be held Thursday, March 19 at 11 a.m. at the St. Francis Episcopal Church, Kane Creek Blvd. A viewing was held Wednesday, March 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Kimmerle-Hefner Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to St. Francis Episcopal Church, Box 96, Moab, UT 84532.