Thankyou for posting this obituary of my father. Following is how I wrote the obit and as it was published in the PINE BLUFFS POST April 4, 2002.
A memorial service for Abner G. Long, Sr., 85 of Pine Bluffs, will be held today(Thursday, April 4,2002) at 1 p.m. at Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel of the Chimes. Interment of remains will be at 4 p.m. at the Pine Bluffs Cemetery.
Mr. Long died Monday April 1, 2002, in Cheyenne after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was born to Fred A. Long, Sr. and Bernice (Keasling) Long on Jan. 15, 1917 in Cheyenne.
He lived his entire life in Laramie County, except for a shorttime when he lived in Page County, Iowa as a child.
He attended school at Hillsdale, and was active in sports, lettering in basketball.
He joined the U.S. Army in 1942 and served as a reconnaisance scout with the 31st Infantry Division in the South Pacific. He was involved in the landings at Morotai and liberation of the Philippines at Mindanao. Hew was honorably discharged as a sergeant in 1945.
After the war, he worked at various jobs. He worked with his father as a contractor. They built several houses, barns, and out buildings on area farms and ranches.
In 1953, he went to work at F.E. Warren Air Force Base as a carpenter. He became a zone forman and was medically retired in 1963. He worked for Ray Pace at Hillsdale and in Cheyenne.
In 1972, Abner moved to Pine Bluffs where he worked at the Potato Plant, for Richard Gardner, and was self-employed.
In 1948, he met and married Elsie V. Gilbertson. They had five children and lived south of Cheyenne, moving to Hillsdale in 1956. They were divorced in 1970.
Mr. Long was a 4-H leader with the Hillsdale Tip-Toppers 4-H Club in the early 1960s. He enjoyed taking club members to judging events , county 4-H camp, and state 4-H Junior Leader Camp. He was one of the organizers of the first Laramie County 4-H Mardi Gras.
He enjjoyed the solitude of fishing and hunting, and the time spent with his children and grandchildren.
He was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4657 and Disabled American Veterans, Guthrie Beck Cahpter#2, a member of American Legion Post #6, and Moose Lodge #257. He was a former member of the Cheyenne Motorcycle Club and enjoyed telling stories of activities during the 1930s and 1940s.
He is survived by his brothers, Charles Long of Burns, Robert Long of Livermore, Calif.; James Long of Winston, Ore.; children A. Gordon Long, Jr.; Kathleen E. Lieb of Jerseyville, Ill.; Laurence D. Long of Spring Valley, Calif.; James G. Long of Tigard, Ore.; Edgar D. Long of Milwaukie, Ore.; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and his companion of 30 years, Agnes Mthewson.
He was prededed in death by his parents, a brother Fred A. Long, Jr.; a sister, Caroline M. Beachum; and a grandson, Cody Long.
Contributions can be made to the Laramie County 4-H Judging Teams c/o Laramie Cunty 4-H Council, 310 West 19th St., Cheyenne, Wyo. 82001