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Russell G Long
  • September 23, 1929
  • -
  • April 18, 2016

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Sunrise – September 23, 1929

Sunset – April 18,2016

Russell was born at Saint Elizabeth Hospital in Dayton, Ohio on September 23, 1929. His parents were Russell and Mary Elizabeth Speilman Long.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce Osborne Long, who he married on February 18th, 1956. He is also survived by his daughter, Stacie Elizabeth; son, Stephen Russell Long; son, Jarod Michael Long; grand-daughter, Lacey Renee Bell; grand-daughter, Olivia Monique Long; grandson, Tyler Newman (Alysa); grandson, Taylor Meli; great grandsons, Carter Thomas Newmons and Weston Hoyle; and niece, Denise Elam Swing; older sister, Jessie Rose Gearing (Richard), a younger brother, William “Bill” Long; and a younger sister, Sharon Stanley (Dave).

Russell graduated from Fairmont High School in Kettering, Ohio in 1947. He went to work at the Air Force Logistics Command at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio at the age of 17. He was drafted by the Army in 1951 and was enlisted for two years. He was never in combat. After basic training he was stationed at Fort Benning, GA. In 1976, he returned to work at Air Force Logistics Command at Wright Patterson Air Force Base and, after over 28 years of service, retired from the armed forces. he then worked a few years for Montgomery County and the United Way on Dayton, Ohio.

Russell and his family moved to Mount Dora, permanently, in January of 1982. He then worked at the Mission Inn and then had a part time position for eight years with Mount Dora Golf Association. He would work four hours in the morning and played golf for the rest of the day. After leaving the Golf Association, he volunteered with the Mount Dora Police Department, Citizens on Patrol, until he had to leave for health reasons.

Russell was a member of the East Dayton Baptist Church in Dayton, Ohio, a 32nd degree mason with his mason lodge, as well as a Shriner.

At his request, the family will play some Elvis songs in his honor.


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  1. 04 May 2016
    Keitha Hatcher says:
    Joyce, I am so sorry for your and your family's loss. God is faithful and will give you strength for tomorrow. My prayers are with you and your family during this time.

  2. 04 May 2016
    Keitha Hatcher lit a candle:
    Lit since May 4, 2016 at 5:46:28 AM

  3. 04 May 2016
    Gwendolyn Parker says:
    Joyce,
    I am thankful for the hope that lives within us. Hope of a soon returning Savior, hope of seeing our loved ones again! God bless you in a special way as you and the family continue this journey of celebrating the life of your husband.
    Gwen Parker

  4. 04 May 2016
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    Lit since May 4, 2016 at 5:45:09 AM

  5. 30 Apr 2016
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    Lit since April 30, 2016 at 4:02:58 PM

  6. 26 Apr 2016
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    Lit since April 26, 2016 at 4:46:57 PM

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    Lit since April 24, 2016 at 4:33:50 PM

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    Lit since April 23, 2016 at 4:11:25 PM

  9. 23 Apr 2016
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    Lit since April 23, 2016 at 4:58:16 PM

  10. 23 Apr 2016
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    Lit since April 23, 2016 at 4:53:40 PM

  11. 23 Apr 2016
    Lee Baker says:
    Russ was a great guy, always enjoyed talking to he and Joyce. Wished I had invited him to ride in Hot Rod as he was also a car guy. Lee

  12. 23 Apr 2016
    Lee and Cathy Baker lit a candle:
    Lit since April 23, 2016 at 4:39:06 PM

  13. 23 Apr 2016
    Jack G Gearing lit a candle:
    Lit since April 23, 2016 at 4:19:49 PM

  14. 22 Apr 2016
    Renee Christiana says:
    Russ was always a Gentleman to me and I appreciated him for that. To Joyce, I'm So Sorry for your loss!!!

  15. 22 Apr 2016
    Robin Ward says:
    RIP Russ. Although not recently, I always enjoyed speaking with you at Pisces.

  16. 22 Apr 2016
    Holly Stratton says:
    Thinking about the family during this time of loss. It is never easy, but as long as you seek God during times of weakness and know that God is ALWAYS there with you, you'll find all the comfort you'll need. Cheers to Russ....thanks for all the fun time and good memories!

  17. 22 Apr 2016
    Holly Stratton lit a candle:
    Lit since April 22, 2016 at 4:45:03 PM

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