Mervy J. Long (1918 - 2008)

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Mervy J. Long, 89, of Bozeman, passed away, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2008. He was born Dec. 21, 1918, in Lewistown, the son of John and Leona C. (Philipps) Long. Mervy was raised on a homestead 11 miles north of Winnett, Mont.

He and his family moved from the homestead in the early 1930s to Gallatin Gateway. Mervy graduated from Holy Rosary Catholic High School in 1937. After graduation, he attended Montana State College for a year before moving to Washington, D.C., to work for the Civil Service Commission.

Mervy served in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1942 to 1945, serving in the Bismark Archipelago, New Guinea and the southern Philippines. Following his honorable discharge, he went back to work at the Civil Service Commission in Washington, D.C., where he met Eileen Ennion. They were married June 26, 1948, in North Billerica, Mass. They made their home in Washington, D.C., until 1950.

In 1950 they moved to the Gallatin Valley and Mervy took over the operation of his father's dairy farm in Gallatin Gateway. Mervy and Eileen raised their four children in the Gallatin Valley. Mervy was a dairy farmer until the late 1970s; he then worked at the sawmill in Belgrade and also at the Gallatin Farmers Co-Op in Belgrade and Bozeman.

Mervy and Eileen moved into Bozeman in 1986 when Mervy retired. Together they enjoyed traveling all over the country to visit family and friends. Their favorite trip was to Victoria, British Colombia. Eileen passed away Nov. 12, 1991.

Mervy had known the Schwab family most of his life and married RoseMary Schwab Keenan on July 18, 1992, at Resurrection Catholic Parish in Bozeman. Mervy and RoseMary purchased a motor home and traveled extensively. They also spent four winters in Arizona. As well as traveling, Mervy enjoyed cribbage and woodworking.

He was a member of Resurrection Parish, the Knights of Columbus and was an active parent when his children attended Holy Rosary Catholic High School.

Survivors include his wife, RoseMary Long, of Bozeman; four children, Rosemary (Tom) Shively of Helena, Ray (Lorraine) Long of Casper, Wyo., Ellen (Charles) Gibson of Rosemark, Tenn., and John (Becky) Long of Renton, Wash.; six stepsons, Kevin (Jocelyn) Keenan of Grand Junction, Colo., Pete (Sally) Keenan of Salt Lake City, Utah, Rick Keenan of Portland, Ore., John (Jennifer) Keenan of Portland, Ore., Bill Keenan of Spokane, Wash., and Rob (Janet) Keenan of Greeley, Colo.; 10 grandchildren; 13 step-grandchildren; two-and-a-half great-grandchildren; his sister, Mabel Rose Gamino of Oklahoma City, Oka.; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws.

Mervy was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Eileen, and brother-in-law Joseph Gamino.

Visitation starts at 6 p.m., a Rosary service at 6:30 p.m., followed by the vigil service at 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 25, 2008, at Dahl Funeral Chapel.

The funeral Mass will be held 10 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008, at Resurrection Parish, followed by interment at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.dahlcares.com.
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Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Aug. 24, 2008
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