2013-02-13 / Obituaries

Robert H. Long Sr. Wells Tannery, 94

Robert H. Long Sr., 94, Wells Tannery, died Saturday, February 9, 2013, at UPMC Bedford Memorial Hospital.

He was born January 25, 1919, in Hopewell, Pa., the eldest son of the late Curtis and Ethel Jane (Shue) Long. He was united in marriage to Dorothy A. Defibaugh in 1939 at Three Springs E.U.B. Church.

Along with his wife he is survived by six daughters and one son: Jean, married to Louis Sonnenberg, Lewistown; Ethel, married to Neil Foor, Three Springs; Nancy Duvall and significant other Gary Quirin, Hopewell; Susan, married to James Faulk, Greencastle; Pamela Metzler, Altoona; Penny Shaffer, Wells Tannery; and Robert Long Jr., Wells Tannery; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and four sister-in-laws.

He was preceded in death by two infant sons, two sisters: Mabel J. Bergstresser and Helen L. Long, and also brothers: Ray E. and Earl D. Long.

He was of the Methodist faith.

He worked as a coal miner in the Woodvale, Broad Top and North Point mines. He later was employed as a carpenter, bridge builder, millwright worker and was the first custodian at the Wells- Taylor Elementary School.

He will be remembered by family, friends and work partners for his strong work ethic. He tremendously enjoyed woodworking, fishing and hunting. He especially liked gardening and the fruits and vegetables from his garden.

He enjoyed watching his grandchildren when they visited and playing games outdoors with them. He took particular pleasure in arm wrestling and besting grown grandsons. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, February 17, 2013, at 2 p.m., at Akers Funeral Chapel with Pastor John Bennett officiating.

Friends may call at Akers Funeral Chapel, 715 Church Street, Saxton, on Saturday, February 16, 2013, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and on Sunday from 1 p.m. until the hour of service at the funeral home. Burial will be held at Evans Cemetery.

Online condolences at www.akersfuneralchapel.com.

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