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Howard A. Long

Howard A. Long

Howard Long, 83, of Bemidji died Wednesday, September 5, 2018 from his battle with cancer.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 am, Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at Evangelical Covenant Church in Bemidji, MN with Pastor Jim Mucerino officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service under the direction of the Cease Family Funeral Home in Bemidji.

Howard was born September 14, 1934 in Rice, Minnesota, the son of John and Marcella (Thene) Long. After graduating high school, he went to Saint Cloud State College and graduated in 1960 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business. He met Margaret Hockert and they were married on February 12, 1964 in Des Moines, Iowa. After marriage and birth of first son, David, they moved from Des Moines, Iowa to Hastings, MN because of Howard's job placement. After this, they bought property in Lakeville, MN, where second son Dale and daughter, Cheryl were born. They lived there nine years before moving to Bemidji in 1975. Howard worked for Factory Mutual Engineering until he retired in 1998. After he retired he volunteered for First Responders and for Bemidji Citizens Patrol for a number of years.

He is survived by his sons, David Long, and Dale (Kristin) Long and daughter Cheryl (Kevin) Smethers; grandchildren, Scott, Renee, and Jason; brothers, Arlin (Janet) Long, Tony (Mary) Long; sisters, Elaine Yerbich, Marie (Fay) Yerbich, Patricia (Gary) Ecklund, Charolette Bauer, Erma (Emmet) Weidenborner, Carlene (Jim) Dufseth, Annella, (Ron) Abfalter, and Joyce Burski; sister-in-law, Lila Long and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Margaret, daughter-in-law, Penny Long, brother Raymond, sister Yvonne, brothers-in-law Donald Bauer, George Yerbich, Ernest Bauer, Ralph Burski and a number of nieces and nephews.

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