James L. “Bear” Long, age 57, born May 19, 1955 in Mt. Vernon, IL died Friday, May 3, 2013 at Sparta Community Hospital in Sparta, IL. Mr. Long had worked in construction but had also worked as a computer webpage designer. He was also a U.S. Army veteran.
“Bear”, as he was known is survived by his wife, Beverly (Kane) Long of Marissa, IL who he married on January 17, 1997 in Belleville, IL, his father and stepmother Jesse and Jo Long of Tomah, Wisconsin, mother, Violet Long of Mt. Vernon, IL; 3 children; Cody Long of Marissa, IL, Amanda (Shannon) Samuels of Centralia, IL and Benjamin (Desiree) Ortega of Omaha, Nebraska; 2 brothers; David Long and Dan (Kim) Long and stepbrother Steve Reynolds; 2 sisters Brenda Brown and Diane (Fred) Hicks and 7 grandchildren.
Visitation: Friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m. on Monday, May 6, 2013 at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, IL.
Funeral: A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 6, 2013 at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, IL with Rev. James Ryan officiating.
Memorials may be made to the family or to the donor’s choice.