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George "Mike" R. Long

George "Mike" R. Long

George "Mike" R. Long, 83, of Park Rapids, died Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008 at Heritage Living Center in Park Rapids.

He was born Jan. 23, 1925 to Pat and Beatrice (Crowell) Long in Grand Park Township, Becker County. He attended country school near his home through the eighth grade. The family moved to a farm near Osage in 1940, where he helped with farming. At 17 years old he enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served during World War II on destroyers in the Aleutian Islands and in the South Pacific Theater of War. He was honorably discharged in 1946 and returned to Park Rapids where he worked at the Standard Station for two years.

On Jan. 5, 1948, he enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served his country again, with the Army of Occupation in Korea and then Japan. When the Korean War broke out, he served with one of the very first units to enter Korea and fought as Platoon Sgt. with the Wolf Hounds 17th Regiment of the 25th Division.

He earned numerous medals and ribbons including: a Purple Heart with clusters and The Combat Infantryman's Badge. After being discharged from a military hospital, Mike was assigned to Ripon College in Ripon, Wis. where he served as an ROTC instructor. While still in the military, he married Margaret L. Brewer on Dec. 15, 1950 in Hibbing. They had three children. He was honorably discharged March 31, 1952, and he returned to Park Rapids.

He worked at Everett's Texaco for five years. He attended technical school on the G.I. Bill and studied to become an electrician. He was an electrician for nearly 30 years. He worked for Holmes Electric and Fuhr-Madsen Electric, both in Park Rapids, before starting his own company, Mike's Electric, which he owned and operated until failing health forced him to retire in 1987.

He was a member of Otto Hendrickson American Legion Post 212 in Park Rapids and a member of the Park Rapids Eagles Aerie 870.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret of Park Rapids; his daughter, Lynda (Jim) Long of Ramsey; and two sons: Michael (Lanora) of Portland, Ore. and Charles of Park Rapids; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; his brother, Larry (Joyce) of Tacoma, Wash.; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Visitation: One hour prior to the service.

Funeral service: 11 a.m. today (Wednesday), Nov. 5 at Jones-Pearson Funeral Home in Park Rapids with Rev. Bob Light officiating. Bill Lundsten will sing "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Precious Lord Take My Hand." Jane Wolff will be the organist.

Casket bearers: His grandsons and great-grandsons: Jesse and Tyler Long, Marcus Alonzo, Tony and Zachary Powell and Tanner Poplin.

Honorary casket bearers: His grandson, Matthew Alonzo, and George McGrane and Jerry Willet.

Interment: Greenwood Cemetery. The Star of the North Marine Corps League and Otto Hendrickson American Legion Post 212, under the direction of Commander David Free, will provide military honors.