Oct. 6, 1927-May 22, 2011
Hugh A. Long, 83, of Detroit Lakes died Sunday, May 22, 2011 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes.
Hugh Arlem Long was born to Hugh M. and Edna I. (Hanson) Long on October 6, 1927 in Detroit Lakes. He grew up and attended school in Detroit Lakes, graduating from Detroit Lakes High School in 1945.
Hugh then attended the Dunwoody Industrial Institute in Minneapolis, where he graduated in 1947 with certification in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning. He returned to Detroit Lakes and worked for Star Electric, where he learned the skills to become an electrician.
On October 15, 1949 Hugh was united in marriage to Donna J. Peterson. They made their home in Detroit Lakes.
Hugh joined the National Guard in 1948 and later served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1953. He retired from the National Guard in 1979 with the rank of captain.
He purchased Hill Electric in Detroit Lakes, which later became Long's Electric. He and his partner Sam Sumner owned and operated that business for several years. In 1974 he sold the business and started teaching the Construction Electrician Course at the Wadena Vocational and Technical Institute. He retired from there in 1991.
Hugh's faith and church were very important to him. He was very active at First Baptist Church. He served as a trustee for many years, and very often could be found helping in the kitchen.
Family was also very important to Hugh. He enjoyed helping others, especially working with his dad on carpentry and roofing jobs. He also enjoyed Sunday afternoon picnics, visiting friends and family, and working in the yard. His other interests included woodworking, hunting, hobby farming and his horses.
Surviving Hugh are his wife Donna; one daughter, Donna Jean (Thomas) Johansson of Bemidji; one son, Brian (Angie) Long, of Farson, Wyo.; three grandchildren, Lucinda (Chris) Moore of Detroit Lakes, Brandon (Josie) Long of Farson and Ashley Johansson of Bemidji; four great grandchildren, Rylee and Leslie Moore and Braydon and Bree Long; one sister, Marlys Thompson of Detroit Lakes; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Hugh's parents preceded him in death.
Memorial services are set for 2 p.m. Saturday, May 28 at the First Baptist Church in Detroit Lakes, with visitation for one hour prior to services.
Committal services and interment will be held at Oak Grove Cemetery in Detroit Lakes at a later date.
Services have been entrusted to the West-Kjos Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes. Those wanting to share memories and condolences may use the messages of sympathy section at www.westkjos.com.