John A. Long, 88, of Tiffin, slipped away from this earth to be with his Heavenly Father on Sunday, November 29, 2020 at St. Catherine’s Manor of Fostoria.
He was born on September 1, 1932, in Tiffin, Ohio, to Charles V. and Helen E. (Werley) Long. On June 16, 1951, he married Norma J. Stover and she preceded him in death on April 11, 2006.
Survivors include his daughters, Cheryl “Cheri” (David) Breidenbach of Tiffin and Tammy (Sean) O’Connell of Fremont; brother, Donald (Mary Lou) Long of Dayton; sister, Nina Stalsworth of Tiffin; sister-in-law Bonnie Long of Sycamore; four grandchildren, Lisa (Caleb) Grills, Chris Krupp, Katie (Brian) Rutter, and Joel Breidenbach; two step- grandchildren, Brandyn (Marah) O’Connell and Nolan O’Connell; three great-grandchildren, Darryn, Trenton, and Ellen Grills; and three step-great-grandchildren, Bentley, Cooper and Marcus O’Connell; Diane Jaeck, his good friend and companion since 2008; and many nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Charles Long, Jr., William Long and Carl Long, Sr.; sister, Beatrice Long; great-grandchild, Rose Martin Rutter; and step-great-grandchild, Brantley O’Connell.
John graduated in 1951 from Tiffin Columbian High School and served in the United States Air Force, stationed in Norway, during the Korean Conflict. He retired from National Machinery in 1994, after 43 years as a repair technician. John was a member of Harmony United Methodist Church where he served as a trustee, was on the Praise Team and drove the church van. For many years he mailed bulletins to those who were unable to attend church. He was known for signing all his correspondence, “God loves you and so do I.” He truly lived that saying out in his everyday life. He was a man of great faith, and a wonderful example to all who knew him.
The family would like to give a special thanks to the wonderful staff at St. Catherine’s, Nicole Stull, his caregiver from Comfort Keepers and his Harmony Church Family. Thanks also to Diane Jaeck, who greatly enriched the last 12 years of his life.
His Memorial Service will be at 11:30 A.M. on Saturday, June 5, 2021 at Hoffmann-Gottfried-Mack Funeral Home & Crematory, 236 S. Washington St., Tiffin, Ohio 44883, (419) 447-2424 with Pastor Michael Padula officiating.
In lieu of flowers,memorial contributions may be made to Harmony United Methodist Church or to F.A.C.T.
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