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James Long

James Long

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.

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  1. Administrator says:

    Dear daddy, I know we haven’t talked for awhile but you’re still my dad I love you and now we will never get a chance to say it again

    Posted by: Amanda Samuels – Daughter May 04, 2013

  2. Administrator says:

    Bear, you were such a wonderful, kind man.. We are so glad to have the pleasure of meeting you.. I (Carmen) Will never forget the day we met to pick up Cody, for him to come stay, and you had made me balloon animals! You always had a smile on your face.. Rest in peace. Our love and thoughts to the family.

    Posted by: Carmen and Ronald Douglas – Cahokia, IL – Friend May 06, 2013

  3. Administrator says:

    We extend our sympathy to the whole Lond and Kane family. Ruth Erb and Cindy Brinkmann

    Posted by: ruth erb – New Athens, IL – friend May 07, 2013

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