Lewis L. Long, 75, of Baker City, Oregon died December 7, 1995 at his home.
Rosary was held Monday, December 11, at 7:00 p.m. and funeral was December 12, at 2:00 p.m. with Mass of Christian Burial at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral with Father Jim Logan officiating.
Interment followed at Mt. Hope Cemetery.
He was born January 17, 1920 to pioneer parents, William Oscar and Amy Beatrice Long in Baker City, Oregon.
He attended various rural schools throughout Baker County and Baker High School. He began his working life at an early age starting in the hay fields and grocery stores including Jesse Heilner Grocery and Baird Perferred Market. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in December, 1942 and became a Pharmacist’s Mate First Class. He was stationed in New Hebrides, an island in the South Pacific and various other locations. His love of airplanes was never ending. He married Agnes LaVelle Colton June 5, 1945 in Baker City Catholic Rectory.
At the close of the war, the Longs returned to Baker City where they raised their family of six children and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1995. Mr Long was employed by Clark Motor Company for over 20 years and later became co-owner in Phillip’s-Long Ford. Upon selling this business he became co-owner in the Stockmen’s Exchange with Walter and Doris Colton from 1976 to 1983. Upon retirement he took very seriously the caring of members of his own family, as well as other elderly people, visiting with them and fixing anything that was broken. He enjoyed deer and pheasant hunting, especially in the wild hay meadows and foothills. He loved and enjoyed his family very much and was his happiest when they were gathered around him. He was a lifetime member of the Elks Lodge BPOE No. 338.
Survivors include his wife LaVelle Long, daughter Joan Caja and Alberto (husband) of Baker City, Oregon; son Roger Long and Sherry (wife) of Baker City, Oregon; daughter Mary Ellen Dunn and Steve (husband) of Wendover, Nevada; daughter Patricia Luginbill and Jim (husband) of Boise, Idaho; grandchildren Anthony and Billie Jo Dillon, Alfredo, Edwardo and Anhelina Ceja, Michael, Ryan, and Devan Long, Tammy and Joe Long, Eric and Evan Long, David, Cheryl, Jim, Susan, Cindy, Rod Gagnon, Lucas and J.D. Dunn, Amy and two great grandchildren. Brother Glen Long of Pendleton, Oregon; bother Harry Long of Baker City, Oregon, and sister Doris Colton of Baker City, Oregon.
Preceded in death by his parents, sisters Pearl Thrasher, Opal Blank, Ruth Brown, and Daisy Elliott; brothers Garnet, Ernest, and Frank Long and a brother who died in infancy; niece Juanita Osborn.
Contributions may be made to St. Francis Elevator Fund or care of Gray’s West & Co. or charity of choice.
Source: The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, December, 1995
Contributed by: Belva Ticknor