Rush Ernest Long, 86, of Pine Creek, died March 6, 2005, at his home.
His memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Oxbow Christian Fellowship Church at the Oxbow Schoolhouse.
Friends are invited to join the family for a reception at the church after the service.
Rush Ernest was born on Sept. 3, 1918, to Elizabeth and Harry Long at Ponca City, Okla. He was raised and educated at Ponca City. His parents were ranchers until the Depression. They moved to California in 1936. In 1938 he married Mary Cecil at Compton, Calif.
Early in his life he worked as an electrician helper until the war started. He then went to work in the shipyards in Portland, then to Tillamook at the blimp base. He then worked at the military hospital at White City, then to Klamath Falls to open the Marine Air Field.
Shortly after arriving in Klamath Falls, the war ended. He and his family stayed in Klamath Falls until 1959 when he moved to Brookings and went into the electrical contracting business. He stayed in that position until his retirement. In his retirement he moved to his “favorite place,” Northeastern Oregon.
Rush and Mary had two children, Rush L. and Cathy. Rush was a good provider. He always worked hard and brought home a good living. He was an honest man whose word was his bond — his kids learned that at an early age. If he told you something, you could count on it being true.
His favorite pastimes were hunting and fishing. He was also a very good rifle shot and enjoyed shooting sports of all types.
Survivors include his children, Rush L. Long of Pine Creek and Cathy Long of Eugene; five grandchildren; and a brother, C.J. Long of Klamath Falls.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Panhandle Range Club through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, March 11, 2005
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor