Born: Fri., Nov. 15, 1912
Died: Thu., May 14, 2009

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Mr. William Johnson Long, 96, a resident of Middletown, MD for 63 years and owner of Long's Appliances in Middletown, died at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg, VA., Thursday, May 14, 2009. For the past 9 years he resided in Harrisonburg, VA at the home of his son William Long Jr.

He was the husband of Olive Susanna Ora Shafer Long, who predeceased him on July 16, 2001. They were married for more than 63 years.

Born Nov. 15, 1912 in Nebraska at his parents farm, he was the son of Joseph Inskeep and Verna Johnson Long.

He received the first Bachelor of Science degree in Physics ever granted by the Physics department at the University of Kentucky in 1935.

He owned and operated Long's Appliances in Jefferson, MD and later in Middletown, MD for a total of 79 years, with his wife joining the business in 1941.

He worked as an x-ray operator at Fairchild Aviation Corp. from 1941 until 1945, and trained numerous electronics technicians under the G.I. Bill following WWII.

He was a member of the Frederick Church of the Brethren for 72 years.

He waas a member of the Middletown Lions Club for 56 years.

He enjoyed traveling with his wife, making eighteen visits to Europe and South America over his lifetime.

He is survived by
one brother- Joseph Benjamin Long of Frederick, MD

three children - Charles Shafer Long of Middletown, MD; Virginia S. Jones and husband C. David Jones of Indianapolis, IN., and William Long, Jr. and wife Kathie N. Long of Harrisonburg, VA;

6 grandchildren - Major David Allyn Jones and wife, Major Kelly Jones of Ft. Leavenworth, KS., Susan Jones Hundley and husband Michael Hundly of Cambridge, England, William Johnson Long III, Taylor Bemjamin Long, Garrett Paul Long and Elanor Meredith Long of Harrisonburg, VA;

2 great-grandchildren: Gavin Scott Jones of Ft Leavenworth, KS and Kaya Elana Hundley of Cambridge, England.

Friends may visit family at the home of Bill and Kathie Long; 3425 Lake Pointe Dr. Harrisonburg, VA 7-9 pm Sunday May 17 or from 12-2pm Tuesday, May 19 at Christ Reformed Church, Middletown, MD.

Interment will be in the Reformed Cemetery, Middletown.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Frederick Church of the Brethren, 201 Fairview Ave., Frederick MD 21701 or to Blue Ridge Christian School, 100 Dinkel Ave., Bridgewater, VA 22812

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Richard Shoemaker
   Posted Thu February 09, 2012
We were so sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. Long.It almost seems he was a member of our family. I believe we started visiting Mr. Long in 2003 and every visit was a special treat as he shared many stories of his life and he loved to tell how he stole his bride from a friend and he always laughed as he shared that with us. The last time I saw him at the hospital was sad because he seemed he was getting ready to journey to the next land and sad as it was, we knew his pain would be over. We always believe we would share in his 100 year old birthday party but God must have had a party planned for him better than any we could have celebrated with him. Thanks for allowing us to share many special moments with him. We have 30 people coming to our house tomorrow so we will not be able to stop by but our thoughts will be with you during these sorrowful days. May God bless you and your family.

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