Richard Daylong, age 75, of West Jefferson, passed away Sunday, August 29, 2021. Richard was a proud Vietnam Veteran, a lifetime member of the V.F.W Post 7005, a member of the West Jefferson American Legion Post 201, and a member of the London Eagles.
V.F.W. Post 7005 Commander Luke Copeland wrote the following tribute for Richard or better known as “Big Dog Daylong” to many. “Richard served as an Officer for many years at our Post and he was a regular at the Post. Richard served his country proudly in Vietnam earning the Coveted Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Bronze Star with Valor. Many at the Post called him “Hero” as did I and a Hero he was. You will be missed by all who knew you brother.”
He is preceded in death by his parents, George and Esta Daylong; and brother, Jack Wamsley. Richard is survived by his life partner of 28 years, Guilda Braithwaite; sons, Shelby (Chasity) Daylong, David Daylong, and Donald Daylong; step-sons, Joey (Maria) Shepard, and Tommy (Tonya) Shepard; grandchildren, Zachary, Tyler, Mason and Kohe; and numerous friends and family all who will miss him dearly.
The family will welcome friends Friday, September 3, 2021, from 12 Noon to 3:00 P.M. the Funeral Service will follow the visitation starting at 3:00 P.M. at the RADER-MCDONALD-TIDD FUNERAL HOME, 1355 W. MAIN STREET, WEST JEFFERSON, OH, 43162.
A Graveside Service will be held Saturday, September 4, 2021, at 11:00 A.M. at Concord Cemetery, Henderson, WV.