James E. Long, 71, of the Miners Mills section of Wilkes-Barre, passed away Monday afternoon, April 29, 2013, at the Golden Living Center-Summit, after a lengthy illness.
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 U.S. Navy
during the Vietnam War
and served with the Mobile Riverene 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 Riverene Force Association and the 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 Saturday at 9 a.m. 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 Friday from 5 to 7 p.m.