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Pastor commits suicide in his car

Larry DeLong

Larry DeLong

A sixty year-old pastor of Valley Presbyterian Church USA, Larry DeLong has committed suicide.

His body was found lifeless in his car Friday, last week. A self-inflicted gunshot wound had been discovered on his body.

Reports say DeLong had just returned from a vacation with his family when the incident happened.

DeLong has a wife, Valerie and two teenagers, Sadie and Seth.

The Church confirmed his death in a post on its Facebook page .
“We as a family of faith will, by God’s grace, walk through this together. Please join us in worship tomorrow. May you know God’s peace that passes all understanding.”

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“We are sad, this church family is very (sad),” Valley Presbyterian’s Pastor of Care Paul Phillips told Green Valley News . “We’re in shock,”he said.
Larry DeLong’s spiritual journey began as a child growing up in a small town in Northern New York, where his mother had been directing the Church School at the Presbyterian church in town for decades before he came on the scene.
He attended Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Graduating in 1983, he served a church in West Virginia before becoming an active duty Navy Chaplain. The Navy sent him for post-graduate work at the Graduate Theological Union in religious education and spiritual formation.

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After meeting his wife, Valerie, at a Presbyterian Chaplains’ Conference, they left active service and re-entered parish ministry. When Valerie felt called to chaplaincy in the Army, Larry followed her assignments, serving a number of churches in various short-term ministries until receiving Valley Presbyterian Church’s call in 2009.

Valerie retired from the Army later that year, and along with their two children, Sadie and Seth, joyfully made Green Valley their home, the church bio said.

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