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Edward and Lynn Long


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Edward and Lynn Long

Edward Ray Long

October 25, 1942 ~ October 6, 2016

Edward Ray Long was born October 25, 1942 to R. Lester Long and A. Marian (Turner) Long of Vancouver, Washington. He passed away October 6, 2016 in Salem, Oregon after a brief illness. Ed received his education in Vancouver, Washington graduating with honors from Ft. Vancouver High School in 1960. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree (Zoology) from Oregon State University in 1965 and was awarded his Master of Science, Zoology (minor in Oceanography) from OSU in 1967. He started his career as a research biologist before beginning his 26 year career with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as a marine biologist. He retired from NOAA in 2001 and initiated a professional relationship with the Washington Department of Ecology as a sediment quality specialist retiring in 2013.

He was widely acclaimed as the father of sediment quality assessment and the development of methods for integrating sediment chemistry and toxicity data to establish effects-based sediment quality guidelines that have been used to assess and manage contaminated sediments across the globe. He published over 100 reports and journal articles.

His love of science began at an early age as did his love of fishing. Ed was a seasoned race car driver in sanctioned GT-4 class races in his Datsun 510 race car participating in over 100 races in 22 years under Team Long Racing. He was a 50 year member of the Sports Car Club of America and enjoyed owning and driving Ferrari's and racing his Datsun 510 to many checkered flag victories.

Ed met Lynn Hepler, in Washington, DC while at NOAA and they shared wonderful years together exploring nature, gardening, sheep farming, racing, and entertaining many special friends and family.

Ed is survived by cousins Doug Long, Ranee (Long) Moss, Lanee (Long) Edwards, Tony Long, Jim Long and Kevin Long and their families. Ed's parents predeceased him. Ed will be remembered fondly and missed dearly.

Lynn (Hepler) Long

May 25, 1947 ~ July 30, 2017

Virginia "Lynn" Hepler was born May 25, 1947 to Edward Paul Hepler and Irene Hill Hepler of Washington, DC. She passed away July 30, 2017 in Salem, Oregon after a brief illness and her loss of Ed. She received her early education in Washington, DC, moved to Suitland, Maryland when she was eight and graduated from Suitland High School in 1965. She had a 31 year career in oceanographic data analysis with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Lynn retired in 2000.

Lynn met Edward R. Long at NOAA and they were married in December 1968. She was special to Ed. Lynn was an avid collector of antiques, member of Team Long Racing, art enthusiast, gourmet chef and gardener. She was a delightful and gracious hostess entertaining family and friends in their home.

She spent eight months on the joint US/USSR Cruise in the Chukchia Sea in 1991-1992 gathering and analyzing data for NOAA. She traveled with Ed to Canada, Australia, South Korea, The Netherlands, England, Russia, Paris, and throughout the United States. One of their favorite places was Hawaii. They were best friends and shared 47 years exploring the beauty of nature and mud.

Lynn and Ed were lovers of cats. They provided a loving home for many special cats over the years among them were Inky, Tigger, Blue, Hobbs, and Gidget.

Lynn is survived by her sister, Teri Lenfest, brothers Paul Hepler and John Patrick Chanslor and their families. Lynn's husband Ed, parents and brother, Lee Hepler, predeceased her. Lynn will be remembered fondly and missed dearly.

A celebration of life graveside service for Ed and Lynn will be held Saturday, September 16,

2017 at 11:00 a.m. at

Park Hill Cemetery,

5915 Mill Plain Boulevard, Vancouver, Washington with reception to follow at 12 Noon at The Heathman Lodge,

7801 NE Greenwood Drive,

Vancouver, Washington.

Contributions in their memory may be made to Oregon Chapter The Nature Conservancy, Oregon Chapter Sports Car Club of America or a .
Published in The Seattle Times on Sept. 10, 2017
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