Ray B. Long
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Sioux Falls, SD - Ray B. Long, 85, died Sunday, March 23, 2014 at Bethany Lutheran Home in Brandon, SD.
A visitation will begin at 11:00 am Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at George Boom Funeral Home with the family present from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. A funeral service will be 10:30 am Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at First United Methodist Church with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery.
Ray Balsor Long was born in the home of his parents Rose and Balsor Long of Spring Valley Township, rural Viborg, SD on October 3, 1928. He attended a country school for his elementary education and graduated from Hurley High School.
He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served from 1951-1954. He attained the rank of sergeant, and spent one year with the 1st Marine Division in Korea during that time.
Upon honorable discharge, he started his 44 year career of working with Dave Gustafson Construction Company, where he was superintendent of the asphalt division. During that time, he worked in nearly every county of South Dakota as well as time in Kansas and Nebraska. They established their permanent home in Sioux Falls in 1960.
He married Lois Jane Awde at the United Methodist Church in Seneca, SD August 29, 1955. To this union were born three children.
Upon retirement, he continued to keep busy and applied his expertise in mechanics to restoring and overhauling old farm machinery and tractors. He also created items with his ability to weld and woodwork. He loved challenges. He enjoyed helping his children with their home remodeling projects.
When their children were still home, Ray and Lois took them on annual vacations, throughout a good share of the United States. After retirement, Ray and Lois continued their travels, reaching all 50 states, most of Canada, including Northwest Territory, China, South America, Africa, and Europe. The couple enjoyed a trip to Denmark to explore the areas where both sets of his grandparents were born. They also traveled with their adult children and families.
Ray will be remembered as a devoted husband, father, and grandfather with a strong work ethic. His primary goal in life was to provide a good life and support for his family.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Sioux Falls.
Preceding him in death were his parents; and a brother, Arlie.
Left to mourn his passing are his wife, Lois of Sioux Falls; his children and their spouses, Susan (David) Halbritter, Sioux Falls, Douglas, Salt Lake City, UT, and Mary (Richard) Olson, Huron, SD; grandchildren, Daniel and Zachary Olson; a sister, Phyllis Friman, Lennox, SD; one brother and his spouse, Ralph (Jeannie), Hurley, SD; and a sister-in-law, Myrna Long, Sioux Falls; and nieces and nephews.
George Boom Funeral Home
3408 East 10th Street Sioux Falls, SD 57103
Published in The Argus Leader on Mar. 25, 2014