Richard D. “Dick” Long

April 02, 1932 ‒ September 09, 2017

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Dick Long was the quintessential family man.  Expressing kindness, patience, and selflessness. His investment was in his family and in return he gained unconditional love, acceptance and happiness.  Held in the arms of his heavenly Father, Richard D. “Dick” Long passed away at home, Saturday, September 9, 2017 following a 6 month battle with cancer. He was 85.

Dick was born April 2, 1932 in Lansing, Michigan.  The son of David and Wynona (Kempton) Long, he graduated from J.W. Sexton Senior High School.  He then graduated from Michigan State University earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Business.

An Army veteran, Dick was honorably discharged on August 4, 1961 earning the rank of E-4.

Working in the insurance industry, Dick was a faithful employee for Michigan Millers Mutual Insurance Company.  In 1966 he was promoted to Division Manager for the State of Ohio.  Dick retired as Agency Manager at the age of 62.

On August 11, 1956 he married Doris Wright.  However their friendship began years before.  As children, and next door neighbors, Dick and Doris grew up as friends, often talking into the evening from Dick’s balcony which faced Doris’ house.  Eventually the two fell in love,  married and raised 7 children in the Lexington community.  On February 28, 1987 at age 51, Doris passed away.  The two were married 31 years.

Four years following Doris’s death, on November 16, 1991, Dick married Barbara Imler.  The two had much in common as Barbara’s husband, Ray, passed away just 6 months after Doris.  Dick embraced Barbara’s family as his own, treating her children and grandchildren with the same patience and unconditional love as his own.  Dick and Barbara celebrated 26 years of love and commitment as husband and wife.

Dick’s passion was sports, especially basketball.   As his children and grandchildren’s biggest fan, he attended countless middle school and high school sporting events.  Given that Dick was born and raised in Michigan, he remained a loyal Michigan sports fan.  He rooted for the Pistons, Tigers, Michigan State and Michigan football.  He enjoyed endlessly needling his Buckeye family and friends about ‘his’ Michigan teams.   He also enjoyed fishing, playing golf, watching old westerns on TV,  attending to his yard and his annual trip to Myrtle Beach.

Dick was a member of Resurrection Parish, but more recently was a member of Newville Church in Bellville.

Dick is survived by his loving wife Barbara; children Karie (Brad) Sargent of Lexington, Kris Miller of Lexington, Kim (Robin) Wittmer of Lexington, Kay Dropsey of Lexington, Rich (Cheri) Long of Wadsworth, Mary (Dayne) Palsgrove of Hilliard, and Aaron Long of John’s Island, South Carolina; stepchildren Barry (Peggy) Imler of Mansfield and Teresa (Dr. Tim) Davis of Bellville; grandchildren Abby and Alex Sargent, Bryan (Alicia) Miller, Jason (Alison) Miller, Allison Miller, Taylor Wittmer, Mikey and Nick Dropsey, Drew Knight, Kara, Patrick, and Maggie Long, Sydney, Josh, and Richie Palsgrove; step grandchildren Molly (Mark) Alexander, Laura Aldrich, Torrey (Viktoriia) Davis, Tom (Inga) Davis, Tad (Sarah) Davis; three great grandson’s on the way; step great grandchildren Maximus and Mason Alexander, Andrew, Vincent, and Catherine Aldrich, Alek Davis, Claire and Alaina Davis; sister Beverly Austin of Grand Ledge, Michigan

Along with his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife, Doris Long, sister Marjorie Gough, brother Danny Kempton, step-grandson Timothy P. Davis.

Visitation will be Thursday, September 14, 2017 from 5-8 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where funeral services will be Friday at 1 pm.  Pastor Tim Davis will officiate.  Burial with military honors performed by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail will follow in Oak Grove Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Tim Davis Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund or OhioHealth Hospice may be made through the funeral home.

Dick’s family would like to thank Lori, Lora, and Jacob from OhioHealth Hospice for the wonderful care given to Dick.

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  • Barb and family
    We are praying for all of you. We do not know why God takes our loves ones home, but we know that Dick is in a great place . May God Bless all of you . Paul & Katy Wehinger,.

  • Had the pleasure to know Mr. Long for the past twenty years.Enjoyed his company and will miss seeing him on the golf course at Wadsworth basketball games and graduation parties.Always a fine gentleman.Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

  • The Sexton High School Class of 1951 and the still living sports guys who stuck together will miss you.

    Dick was a good friend. I will always remember Dick and the great High School days we shared. Dick had a passion for Michigan sports teams and was always a kind gentleman.

    Bill Wellman, East Lansing, MI

  • What a very special man and friend he was. I knew Dick from working in the insurance business together and our children were in the Lexington Schools at the same time. We had a lot in common to visit about. He was always such a nice guy and a gentleman. Relish your wonderful memories of your dad. I know you have many because I know how important the family was to him.

    Sending prayers and sympathy to your family.