WATERLOO — Bruce Lewis DeLong, 76, of Amery, Wis., formerly of Waterloo, died at home Wednesday, Jan. 17.
He was born Nov. 20, 1941, son of Albert and Marion Larsen DeLong.
Bruce had a 35-year career as a biology teacher at Waterloo West High School, was named a finalist in 2001 for the Presidential Teacher of the Year Award and that same year was named the Science Conservation Teacher of the Year in Iowa. Bruce also taught biology as an adjunct instructor at Hawkeye Institute of Technology and Upper Iowa University.
Bruce was a supporter of the Sierra Club, the Midwest Environmental Advocates, the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, Board member of the Amery Lakes and Rehabilitation District, and a member of the Audubon Society, the Inland Bird-Banding Association and the Wisconsin Ornithological Society.
Survivors: his wife of 50 years, Lona Jean Frank; a brother, Burl (Marsha) DeLong; a sister-in-law, Coke (Bernam) DeLong; a brother- and sister-in-law, Daniel (Margaret Frank) Lien; nieces and nephews, Ryan, Blake, Tara and Ashley, Deborah (Mark) Miller, Megan (Brian) Tetro, Daniel (Terry) DeLong Jennifer (Dave) Kleckner, Andrew (Angela) Lien, Peter (Amanda) Lien; grand-nephews and nieces, Ansley (Evan) DeLaney and Ian DeLong, Isabella, Clementine and Nora, Tierney and Salvator; and relatives Duane Orn, Phyllis Orn Brewster and Ardis Whitmer.
Preceded in death by: his parents; a brother, Bernam DeLong; uncles, Forest (Mary) DeLong, Lloyd (Emily) Larsen, Lynn Larsen and Donald Larsen; and aunts, Eleanor (Ralph) Larsen Orn and Dorothy (Larsen) Newman.
Gathering for family and friends: from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, at Williamson-White Funeral Home, Amery, with a family remembrance service at 4 p.m. A private family burial will take place at Calvary Cemetery in Deer Park, Wis.
Memorials: may be directed to the Amery Public Library, Interfaith Caregivers, Friends of the Namekagon Barren’s Wildlife Area FNWA.org or to the charity of donor’s choice.
His early years instilled in him a love for nature and a realization that “We must walk gently on earth.” Bruce and Lona Jean spent 28 summers at their cabin in northern Wisconsin, a place to be in solitude and with nature. While there he developed his interest in bird banding and received his Federal Bird Banding Permit which he held as a master birder until his death.