Ronald L. "Johnnie" Long

Ronald L. "Johnnie" Long

PROSPECT: Ronald L. "Johnnie" Long, age 97 of Prospect, beloved husband of the late Carroll (Dix) Long, died Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at his home. He and Carroll were married on June 21, 1935 and were married for 70 years.

He was the devoted father of daughter, Judith (Bob) Rodgers, Corona Del Mar, California, son, Stu (Sharry) Long, Lebanon; daughter, Rebecca Jane (Curt) Roller (both deceased); and the loving brother of Norma J. Hughes, Marion; dear grandfather of Lori Rodgers, Lisa Rodgers Lish, Jill Rodgers Dahlson, Jan Rodgers Dahlson, Amy Roller Burgess, Anna Roller, Michael Roller, Juliet Roller, and Malinda Long-Copland; Johnnie was the beloved great-grandfather of 24 and the great-great-grandfather of two children.

Born on November 29, 1915 to Harry A. Long and Malinda (Krause) Long, he was a lifelong resident of Marion County.

Besides his parents and daughter, he was preceded in death by his infant brother, Russell; and his sisters, Esther Blank and Elizabeth Dix.

Johnnie was a retired painting contractor and also exhibited a great deal of artistic talent. He served as president and vice president of the former Prospect School Board, served on Prospect Village Council, scoutmaster of Troop #23 and the Prospect Fire Department. He was a member of Prospect United Methodist Church, Prospect Senior Citizens, and Marion Lodge #70 F&AM. During World War II, he served as the supervisor at the Air Force Depot in Marion.

He was a dedicated family man and was also an avid hunter, enjoying trapshooting, playing pool and working with flowers in his yard.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 11:00 AM at the Prospect United Methodist Church with Pastor Carolyn Christman officiating. Burial will follow in Prospect Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 7 PM on Tuesday at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, Prospect.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Prospect United Methodist Church, 213 North Elm Street, Prospect, OH 43342. Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at

Published in the Marion Star on May 3, 2013