Samuel ‘Ted’ Long

October 27, 1920 ‒ March 27, 2017

Mount Gilead, Ohio
Formerly of Waldo, Ohio

Samuel Theodore “Ted” Long, age 96, of Mount Gilead, died peacefully Monday evening, March 27, 2017, at the Presidential Center in Marion surrounded by his caring family following an extended illness.

On October 27, 1920, Ted was born in Waldo, Ohio, one of four children of Rev. Samuel C. “S.C.” and Ethel (Nickley) Long.  He was raised in Waldo, where he graduated from Waldo High School in the class of 1938.

Following high school, Ted furthered his education at Capital University, completing several years of school until he needed to join his country in the fight of World War II, enlisting to serve in the U.S. Army in July of 1942.  He served with the 32nd Infantry Division, 120th Field Artillery Battalion, fighting in the battles of the Southern Philippines, Luzon, and New Guinea, earning multiple ribbons and four bronze stars.

The week before entering into active duty, Ted married his high school sweetheart, LaVerne McLaughlin, on April 4, 1943.  They cherished their 71 years of marriage and lovingly raised seven children.  She preceded him in death on February 25, 2015.

Upon his honorable discharge at the end of WWII, Ted resumed his pursuit of education, earning his Bachelor’s degree of Science and Agriculture from the Ohio State University in 1946, and his Master’s degree of Agronomy in 1952.

While completing his degrees, Ted and LaVerne started their family in Columbus, Ohio, where he worked at Ohio Seed Improvement for seven years.  After earning his Master’s degree, and when advancement opportunities didn’t present themselves at OSI, Ted decided he needed to work for himself and take control for his family.  Then, in 1954, he moved his family to Mount Gilead, where he started Long’s Seed House in their busy downtown area.  Several years later, he built his own store near Weaver’s IGA on W. Marion Rd., operating his business until 1985.  His children will forever be grateful for his hard work that provided for them.

After the seed house, Ted worked at many of the local high schools as a substitute teacher.

Ted was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Cardington, where he used to sing in the choir and served as a Sunday School Superintendent.  He also was a member of the Morrow County Chamber of Commerce, where he had served as president, and was a member of the Kiwanis Club, VFW Post 8054, and the Nature Club.

Having a deep appreciation for nature, Ted loved spending his time outdoors.  Over the years, he enjoyed bird watching, camping, and gardening.  He also dabbled in farming, raising cattle and sheep, which became 4-H projects for his children.

In addition to nature, Ted appreciated art.  He both drew and painted still life portraits, and was always taking photographs of life’s wonders.  He also loved music, especially classical music and traditional hymns from the church.

Ted and LaVerne enjoyed the companionship of Corgi dogs over the years, and most recently their special friend, Annie.

Ted Long was many things…intelligent, strong-willed, opinionated, and on and on, but one of his most redeeming qualities was his loyalty to his family.

Ted is survived by his six children: Stephen (Beth Bishop-Long) Long, Jenny Long Piccin, Christine Long, Mark (Carla) Long, Matthew (Jacque) Long, and Nathan Long; 9 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Including his wife and parents, Ted was preceded in death by his daughter, Holly Roseberry in 2007; brother, Paul Long; and two sisters, Ruth and Hazel Long.

His family will greet friends from 4 – 7 p.m. on Friday, March 31, 2017, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead. Services honoring his life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Cardington (address below), with Pastor Steve Dennis officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in Waldo Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, 336 W. Main St., Cardington, OH 43315, or Heartland Hospice, 685 Delaware Ave., Marion, OH 43302.

Snyder Funeral Homes are honored to have been chosen to serve Ted’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them via

  • I am sorry for your loss and we are praying for everyone saddened by his passing. Love you Jenny!

  • We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your father we will keep you all in our prayers….much love and prayers The Branhams

  • Thinking of each member of your family as you say good-bye to your father. From stories Holly told of her father, I know he live a very rich and interesting life and loved his family. It was my pleasure to become acquainted with all of you way down here in Georgia. You are a very special family. I appreciate notice of his death sent to me by my buddy, Christine. judy

  • Nick and Julie, Sorry to hear about your DAD, He was quite a determined fellow to raise a family, as large as yours!!! Our sincere condolences and prayers!!!

  • Nathan, I’m sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. He sounds like he was a remarkable man. My thoughts are with you and your entire family as you go through this difficult time.

  • Nathan: I remember your father as a hard working man who raised a wonderful family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. May your good memories of him help you find peace and comfort during this very difficult time.

  • Matt, We are sorry to hear of the loss of your father. What an amazing life, truely one of the greatest generations. You and your family are in our thought and prayers. Tim and Lori Sandford

  • Matt and family, what an interesting life your dad had. Our deepest sympathy to you all.
    Love Terry and Connie Heintzman

  • Dear Long family,
    So many good memories of being at the seed business with my dad and times at your house when Jenny had friends for get togethers.
    Prayers for comfort and peace.
    John and Bonnie.Drake

  • Dear Long Family
    Deeply sorry for the pain of your loss. Lifted in my prayers during this difficult time.
    Brooke L.

  • Chris and Family,
    I don’t believe there are enough words that can be written in a condolence letter, it could go on for ever.
    When you told me how your Father passed in peace, One might think we all wish that for you and your family, that he passed easily int o that night. I remember him running the store, always quick with a smile, a “How are You?” Our prayers come to you with open arms and a hug. A Blessing to all this, Mother and Father and their Baby are all together with other family now.
    God Bless All
    Jim & Carol Harmon

  • Steve & Beth — I am sorry to hear about losing your dad. I’m certainly thinking of you and hoping you are comforted by great memories of family times together. –Julie Prettyman

  • Steve,
    My sincere condolences on the passing of your father. He instilled in you and your siblings a great love of the natural world, but little did he know how you would use that which he taught you to influence hundreds of students during your career as an educator. I feel that I have been touched by his influence, even though we never met.
    Susan Agler Wright

  • Steve and Beth, I’m so sorry to learn of your fathers death. He had an amazing and varied career and instilled real values in his children. I know your many memories will live in your heart forever. With deepest sympathy, Tom and Sara Calhoun Ogg

  • Jenny and the Long family:
    My sincere sympathy in the passing of your dad. May the Lord comfort you
    and fill the void with love and precious memories.

    Marsha (Baughman) Crawford

  • I just viewed the lovely tribute to your father and that of your family. I am going to have to look at it again several times to name everyone, as some of you appear younger in some of the pictures! We hope and pray that you siblings remain close and find activities and ways to stay connected as you have in the past. For today, tomorrow and the weeks to come, we pray for your comfort, peace and strength to adjust to an ending and new beginnings for you all. Love and hugs to all of you!

  • So sorry to hear of your loss of your father. He lived a great life. My prayers are with your family..

  • Sorry to hear of Ted’s passing. Stopped by the house several times to say high
    and always enjoyed the conversation. He will greatly be missed. Tom and Anne

  • I didn’t know Mr. Long well, but did spend a few hours discussing local politics while enjoying some of his tasty apples. I could tell he was a special man whose family is a testament to his success.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. My parents, Don and Marjorie Demorest, spoke of Ted frequently, especially when they were reminiscing about their “school days,” since the three of them graduated together. My dad died two years ago and my mom lives in an independent living apartment at Kingston in Marion.

    My condolences,
    Diane (Demorest) Goodrich