James E. Long, 71, of the Miners Mills section of Wilkes-Barre, passed away Monday afternoon, April 29, 2013, at Golden Living Center-Summit, after a lengthy illness.
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He was born Sept. 22, 1941, in Wilkes-Barre, a son of the late Joseph W. and Mary Dunn Long.
A 1960 graduate of GAR High School. James enlisted in the Navy during the Vietnam War and served with the Mobile Riverine Forces. He received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Navy Achievement Medal and Navy Good Conduct Medal.
After returning to civilian life, he was employed as a baker for 20 years by the Old River Road Bakery.
James was a member of American Legion Post 558, Plains Township, Mobile Riverine Force Association and Miners Mills Triangle Club.
He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Jeanette Long, and brothers, Thomas and Joseph Long.
Surviving are his wife of 46 years, the former Patricia Snarski; son, Scott Long and his wife, Shannel; grandson, Dietrich Long; and sister, Maureen Miskas and her husband, Tony.
The funeral will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday from E. Blake Collins Funeral Home, 159 George Ave., Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Benedict's Church, Austin Avenue, Wilkes-Barre. Interment, with military honors accorded by the U.S. Navy, will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.
Published in Citizens' Voice on May 2, 2013