June 5, 1921 – Dec. 27, 2018

PAULDING, Ohio – Russell L. Long, age 97, died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018.

He was born June 5, 1921, in Paulding County, the son of Minor and Hazel (Bailey) Long. They both precede him in death. On June 23, 1943, he married Juanita A. Taner who preceded him in death on June 29, 2006. He was a WWII US Air Force chief mechanic working on B-29’s, B-17’s and B-24’s. He was a member of Friends United Methodist Church, Latty; a retired farmer; a member of American Legion Post #297; and Lifetime member of John Paulding Historical Society. He previously was employed by the American Sugar Beet Factory of Paulding and by Toledo Ship Yards.

He is survived by his children James R. (Stephanie) Long, Haviland; Barbara (Gene) Gribble, Oakwood; Marilyn Rhoad, Scott; and Linda Prill, Gainesboro, Tennessee, seven grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren.

He is also preceded in death by his siblings Kenneth, Gene, Louise Williamson, Norma Thornell and LaDonna Poling.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Pastor Ron Johnson officiating. He will be laid to rest in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding County, with graveside rites accorded by American Legion #297.

Visitation will be 10 a.m. until time of services on Thursday at the Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation made to Wreaths Across America C/O Linda McCain.

Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com.