Gene Long

Gene M. Long

Monday, February 11th, 1935 - Monday, May 4th, 2020
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Gene M. Long, 85, of Lewistown, passed away on Monday May 4, 2020 at his home.
Born February 11, 1935 in Lewistown, he was the son of the late Walter and Mary (Partner) Long. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Michael Long, and Siblings, Gerald Long, Ruth Pearson and Betty Mitchell.
Gene is survived by his loving wife, Shizuko (Yamashiro) Long, whom he married on March 12, 1960. Also surviving are children, Mark Long, and wife Jossy, of Frisco, TX, Matthew Long, of Lewistown, and Mary Shelly and husband Jeffrey, of Reedsville; Siblings, Thelma Haubrick, of Granville, and Joseph Long, of Lewistown; Grandchildren, Kelli Holloway, and husband Anthony, Kristin Foltz and husband Randy, of Dauphin, Raymond Shelly and wife Melissa, of Reedsville, Robert Shelly, of Lewistown, Michael Long, Jr. and twin-sister, Tatianna, of WV, and Ethan Long and sister Alexa, of TX.
Gene was enlisted in the United States Air Force.
He was employed at Barr-Nunn Trucking, as a truck driver for many years. He was a pilot, and enjoyed flying his airplane any chance that he got. He was also a member of The Short-Wave Radio Club in Lewistown.
A private service will be held at the Barr Funeral Home Inc. & Crematory, 120 Logan Street, Lewistown with Rev. John Walters to officiate.
Private interment will take place in Union Memorial Gardens, Mifflintown.
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Brian Gruber

Posted at 07:30pm
K3QLZ de KC3LRV To a man who taught me alot and gave me motivation to do more on HF bands, You will be very missed. I thank you for your kind email when I first started out.This is what he sent me...

" Hi Brian ! Your on-the-air Ham Procedures, and Phraseology couldn’t be any better. If we had another million Hams who followed “proper procedure”, it would be a much more pleasant and enjoyable avocation. Since I got into radio in November 1957, my cardinal rule has always been: “Learn to listen, and you will KNOW HOW TO LISTEN AND LEARN” !

Gene/K3QLZ "

RIP My friend and my Elmer ride high in the sky , like the radio waves. 73'S Till we meet again. KC3LRV Clear.

George Kasdorf

Posted at 08:31pm
We are very sorry to hear of Gene's passing. He has been a good friend to our father, George, W9FSA, for years. (George Sr still is doing well at 97 YO now.) They had a great friendship when "Dad" lived in Painterville. When Dad moved to Michigan (and Gene helped transport a number of fragile radio items in his truck, driving all the way to Michigan and back to help his friend.) it was hard for him to leave Gene and his other amateur radio friends behind. Even though that was years ago, they have stayed in constant contact. First on the radio nets, and then when Dad's vision prevented him from operating any longer, they used email. Usually daily, to catch up on the news from Lewistown and the going on's of the JVARC. Gene talked about his love for sending good code "pounding the brass" and even his call sign which he selected because it had a good cadence when sending code. He enjoyed the annual field days, and maybe the food that went with them as much as making contacts! He also gave weekly reports to Dad, on the great food that was being prepared and eaten at the Long house, usually followed by a great nap!

I will end with the usual sign off between them....
"I'll join you for a hot cup of Folgers in the morning! 73, George"

Scott Stuck

Posted at 11:40am
My thoughts and prayers to all the family. So many memories as a "youngster".

Bob Espigh

Posted at 07:33am
Gene (K3QLZ) and good friend and ham radio operator , always stepping up to help with community events and fellow hams , Lone time member of the Juanita Valley Amateur Club . will be missed by many

Bob Espigh Posted at 10:29am

should read long time member of the Juanita Valley Amateur Club

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