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RALPH ELDON LONG Dr. Ralph Eldon Long passed away Monday, July 20, 2015, at his home in Green Valley, AZ. Ralph was born on March 26, 1931 on Green Valley Farm in Green Valley, Iowa, to Rollie & Ruth Long. Ralph is survived by his wife of 64 years, Marilyn S. Long. Ralph graduated from high school in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and then attended college in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Ralph was a teacher and a leader in the welding community both nationally and internationally. He started his teaching career while he was enlisted in the Air Force during the Korean War. After leaving the Air Force, he continued his college education at the Iowa State Teacher's College in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Ralph went on to earn a master's degree in industrial arts from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo. His teaching then took him and the family to Utah State University in Logan, Utah in 1967, where he taught welding and expanded their Industrial Arts program. Ralph earned his doctorate of industrial arts from the University of Northern Iowa in 1980. Ralph was a member of the American Welding Society, serving as a district chair and officer for several years. He was also a member of IIW (International Institute of Welding), and his involvement took him throughout the world teaching and training. His last teaching position was at the Cochise Community College in Sierra Vista, AZ. Ralph & Marilyn have five children; Robert E. (Maxine) of Utah, Rodney E. (Fran) of Arizona, Richard D. (Renee) of Wisconsin, Elizabeth (Karen) of California , Matthew M. (Danielle) of Minnesota. They also have 14 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 1, at 10 a.m. at Desert Hills Lutheran Church, 2150 Camino Del Sol, Green Valley, AZ. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Cochise College Foundation, c/o: Dr. Ralph Long Memorial Scholarship, 4190 W. Highway 80, Douglas, AZ 85607 or .
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Published in Green Valley News & Sun on July 26, 2015
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