Kenneth E. Long, of Schuylkill Haven, died at Rosewood Nursing Home on his birthday with his Dee by his side following a four-year illness.
Born November 4 in Washingtonville, Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late Guy Long.
From the tree of life I plucked a plum, as my life hummed. I had a good wife. I had a good life. I had a lot of fun. I have done a lot.
Ken being the last surviving member of his immediate family was predeceased by his father; his fishing and hunting, getting into trouble, his partner in crime and best friend, Denessa Jayne Michelle Beaver, in 2005; brothers, James and Donald Long; and her sisters, Anna Appleman, Lucille Fox and Dorothy Reedy.
Ken is survived by his wife of 45 years, Dorine (Mackner) Long, whom he always called “Dee”; son, David Beaver (Sheri), Lewistown; daughter, Laura Snyder, Poconos; four grandchildren, Tiffany Stains, Burnham, David Beaver Jr. (Amber), Lewistown, Branden Barnes (Marissa), Ohio and Cheyenne Counterman (Ryan), California; seven great-grandchildren, Kierra and Kesi Stains, Kamden, Kenzlee and Mason Beaver and Savannah and Chase Counterman.
Ken was a graduate of Danville High School. He served in the Marines during the Korean conflict and was of the Lutheran faith. Ken worked for the Holiday Inn, first in Sunbury and then worked his way up the corporate ladder. He was assistant innkeeper in Lewistown, manager in Clearfield and general manager in Reading. He retired from the Holiday Inn and went to work for Craftex, where he was very active in the union and was an activist in many marches in New Jersey, NY, Vegas and Md. Ken also lobbied Capitol Hill for a better workplace. Ken had a tie collection with over 5,000 pieces, loved jazz and country music, worked in the garden, watched old movies and enjoyed being with his family. Ken enjoyed bowling and was in the Men’s Tuesday League in Pottsville and the Senior Thursday League in Reading and once bowled a 300 game.
Ken will be buried in Maitlan Cemetery in Lewistown. There will be no services due to its demand and COVID-19. Condolences can be sent to Dee’s home in Schuylkill Haven. The family would like to thank Lori, Nikki, Johanna, Stacey, Brittany, Lisa and Terri of Rosewood. Sorry if I missed anyone.
Now it’s time to say my last goodbye to my friend, my soul mate and the love of my life whom I married on October 7, 1978. Hey!! Dee, Ecclesiastics 3:1 Time for each season.
Robert A. Evans Jr. Funeral Home in Port Carbon is making arrangements; www.robertaevansjrfh.com.