Col. Patrick G. Long, 86, passed away Wednesday, June 18, 2014 from complications of cancer and heart disease.|
Born Jan. 23, 1928 as second son to Gilbert and Dolores Daues Long in St. Louis, Pat graduated from St. Louis University High School in 1945, and St. Louis University in 1951 with a B.S. degree in bio-chemistry.
He entered the U.S. Navy in June 1945 and served in the South Pacific. He also was a student at the U.S. Naval Academy Prep Schools, Camp Peary, Va., and Bainbridge, Md.
After graduating from college, he completed 26 years in the Air Force before retiring in 1976 at the rank of colonel, as director of intelligence resources with DOD. He specialized in three areas during his Air Force career as a pilot, research and development engineer, and intelligence officer. He served as a C-130 pilot in Vietnam in 1968, and as commander of the 504th Tactical Support Group flying the OV-10 and 0-2 aircraft in 1971. His last flying assignment was as commander of the 316th Tactical Airlift Wing at Langley AFB, Virginia state. After a heart attack in 1976, he was medically retired.
Following his military service, he was the minority counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee of Intelligence for six years before joining TRW Inc. as manager of missile systems. He retired in 1998.
Col. Long, a native of St. Louis, also received a degree in electrical engineering at the University of New Mexico in 1960, and a master's degree in Business Administration from George Washington University in 1964.
He was a former member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Alexandria, Va. He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes, Washington.
His military decorations included the Legion of Merit with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters, the Air Force Commendation Medal, and numerous decorations for his service in World War II, the South Pacific, Korea and Vietnam.
His hobbies included his main passion of golf. He was for many years a member of the Mount Vernon Country Club, Alexandria, Va., and the Franklin County Country Club, Krakow. He also enjoyed turkey hunting and fishing with family and friends. Pat's wife, Inez Wilder Long, passed away December 2009. They were married 62 years. Pat was the father of six, grandfather of 17, and great-grandfather of seven. He also was a supportive relative and friend of many.
He is survived by his children, Thomas and wife Mary, Timothy and wife Janice, Terrence and wife Deborah, Patrick J. and wife Paula, Theresa Long Moresco, and Tracy and husband Matt Rowe; grandchildren, Leslie Long Johnson and husband Sam, Amy Long, Theresa Long, Jimmy Long, Christine Long, Patrick Long and wife Gretchen, Thomas Long and wife Marta, Elizabeth Long, Thad Long and wife Gretchen, Trevor Long, Tara Long, Marilyn Long, Kelly Long, Christopher Long, Kevin Long, Haley Rowe, and Hanna Rowe; great-grandchildren, Ty Johnson, Cade Johnson, Daniel Long (deceased), Vivian Long, Julianne Long, Tate Long, and Sawyer Jane Long; and three step great-grandchildren, Robert White, Katie Jones and Kendall Jones.
A memorial Mass will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Washington, with the Rev. James Theby officiating.
Interment, with full military honors, was held at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Washington Overseas Mission, P.O. Box 1154, Washington, MO 63090 or Our Lady of Lourdes School, 1014 Madison Ave., Washington, MO 63090.
The Long family is being served by Nieburg-Vitt Funeral Home, Washington.
Published in The Missourian on July 2, 2014