• Mike Long

    19 Dec 2018

  • Sedan – Mike Long of Rural Peru, Kansas passed away after a lengthy illness on December 19, 2018 at his home.  Mike was born November 13, 1939 to Ernest and Marion Long in Ponca City, Oklahoma.  He attended Ponca City Schools and graduated with 1957 class of Ponca City High School.  The 1957 class reunions remained close to his heart until his death.  While in high school he joined the Army National Guard and served for 10 years.  Mike and Elizabeth “Libby” O’Neill were united in marriage on December 28, 1959 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ponca City, and they had three children:  Sharon Elizabeth, Teresa Ann, and Rusty Dean.

    All of his life he wanted to be a farmer or rancher and he planned his life around pursuing his dreams.  Mike’s first job was a fireman at the Ponca City Fire Department, and remained there until 1968.  Motorcycle racing started as a hobby, but soon turned into a passion and a job.  He raced Harley Davidson and Indian models of advanced in the flat track series under the sponsorship of Harley Davidson Factory in Milwaukee.  The sponsorship meant a lot of traveling and many falls; this continued until he retired as 7th in the nation at the expert division.  His leathers were hung up when his son Rusty was born in 1964.

    Mike taught himself how to be a pipeline welder and he worked to be the best welder possible.  The Local 798 Pipeline Union was his pride and joy, and this was just the next step in owning his own ranch.  Traveling the country in an 8×35 foot trailer with his family and his dog, Popcorn, was fun and exciting, and scary.  Traveling continued for 5 years until owning a ranch was becoming a reality, and land in Chautauqua County was purchased.  The next chapter began with clearing land, building a home, and making his dream come true.  This journey included starting a custom hay business, preconditioning cattle and leasing land for grazing.  Once the hay season was over Mike went back on the road to weld.  Through the years Mike’s children and grandchildren learned each phase, and working side by side with his children and grandchildren were his favorite times as they were the light of his life.  Mike retired from Local Union 798 in 2001, but continued working on the ranch.

    Mike was a member of the St. Robert’s Catholic Church in Sedan and he belonged to the Elk Lodge of Pawhuska, NRA, KLA, NCBA, Local 798 Pipeliners Union and UA.  He enjoyed shooting activities, boating and fishing, and loved the animals.

    Mike is preceded in death by his parents.  He is survived by his wife Libby, daughter Sharon and husband Bill Ross of Sedan, daughter Teresa and husband Ace Bowman of Pawhuska, and son, Rusty and wife Cindy Long of Ochelata.  Surviving grandchildren are Lucas Ross, Elizabeth Ross-Eichenberger and husband Gary, Brandon Bowman, Tyler Bowman, Basil Long and wife Linzey, Caleb Long and wife Holly and Kale Long.  Great-Grandchildren are Riggin Ross, Avery, Fallon, and Jasper Bowman, Augustus Eicheenberger and Hunter Long.

    Cremation has taken place and a Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, December 28, 2018 at 12:45 p.m. at the St. Roberts Catholic Church in Sedan, Kansas with Reverend Robert K. Spencer officiating.  Inurnment will follow at the El Cado Cemetery in rural Peru, Kansas.

     

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    Prayers for the family,

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    Thinking of you. So sorry.

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    You are all in our thoughts and prayers. We love you.

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    May his soul rest in peace.

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    So sorry about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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    Libby: Our thoughts and prayers are with you! Always your friend Richard

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