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Ardyn LONG


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LONG, Ardyn Jay "Art" Age 86, of Dayton, formerly of Naples, FL, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. He was born in Bellevue, OH on February 28, 1932 to the late, Harold J. & Helen Long. Art is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Willa L. of Washington Township; sisters, Donna Laub & Beverly DeBlase; children, Victoria Liston, Michelle Reed, KC Long & Brad Long; 11 grandchildren, Ashley Gearhart, Nathaniel Long, Conrad Long, Kara Holmes, McKenna Long, Meghan Long, Alexa Long, Brennan Long, Colin Long, Ellie Tatchell & Reece Tatchell; 5 great-grandchildren; and many other relatives & friends. Art was president of Optimist International from 1984-1985. He started more optimist clubs during his presidency than any president prior to him. During his presidency more members were added as Optimists than any other previous years. When he was a member of The Riverdale Optimist Club; Art started the Pass, Shoot and Dribble contest, which was designed to encourage youth to compete in basketball. Art was highly involved in helping the Optimist community for about 48 years. Art and his family were also proud owners of Art Long Insurance in Dayton, which was in the family for over 40 years. He enjoyed many things such as playing tennis, cards, being active in his children's sporting events, traveling, being in Florida and life on the farm. Art was also known as quite the jokester. If you asked his family and friends the words; loyal, loving, determined and optimist, always come to mind. And who can forget Cherries, Cherries, Red Ripe Cherries!!! Memorial service will be held 1:00 PM Saturday, November 10, 2018 at Westbrock Funeral Home, 5980 Bigger Road with a gathering of family & friends beginning at 11:00 AM until service time. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to , or The Optimist International Foundation, 4494 Lindell Blvd, St Louis, MO 63108. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Marker & Heller Funeral Home, Huber Heights Chapel.
Published in Dayton Daily News on Nov. 8, 2018
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