Richard K. "Rick" Long
TYLER, TEXAS - Having accepted Christ as his Savior in 1984, Richard "Rick" K. Long earned his final reward on Saturday (Sept. 29, 2018), when he left his earthly body at Hospice of East Texas in Tyler.

The son of John and Virginia (Evans) Long, Jr, Rick was born in Pottsville, Pa. on April 12, 1963. His family included Ruth (Joel) Zeiders, William (Kunnattree) Long, John (Annie) Long, III, Kathy Long, and Barb (Tom) Martin.

Rick married the love of his life, Billie Jo Baublitz on May 26, 1984 at Camp Hill, Pa. Together, they raised two beautiful daughters, Rebecca (Jacob) Erickson and Heather (Josua) Fischer. Although time with his grandchildren was too short, he adored David and Joshua Erickson and Adelaide Fischer.

In 1981, Rick graduated from East Pennsboro Area High School, then attended Penn State York Campus for two years. He went on to Penn State Main Campus, graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1985.

He worked at Pratt and Whitney, West Palm Beach, Fla., for 5 years, then moved to Olean, N.Y., to be an engineer at Dresser Rand Industries. He became the Manufacturing Manager and continued to work there until called to the ministry.

An obedient servant of God, Rick took classes online and at Houghton College in preparation for the ministry. He became the pastor of Hillside Wesleyan Church in Olean in 2004, was ordained in 2008 at Hamburg Wesleyan Church and continued at Hillside until July, 2017 when, due to illness, he and his wife settled in Texas to be near their daughter.

Rick spent many happy hours as an N-Gauge Railroad enthusiast. He enjoyed praising God by playing his bass guitar with Hillside's worship team and helping people through local outreaches and mission trips. He was best known for "Chasing after God on his knees," great faith and a shepherd's heart.

Rick is survived by his mother; siblings; wife; children; grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father in 1997.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday (Oct 13, 2018) at Hillside Wesleyan Church, 753 Prospect Ave, Olean. A luncheon will be served following the service in the fellowship room of Christ United Methodist Church, 633 Linwood Ave, Olean.

Memorials may be given in Rick's honor and memory to Gospel for Asia Jesus Wells in care of Hillside Wesleyan Church, 753 Prospect Ave, Olean.
Published by Olean Times Herald on Oct. 7, 2018.
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I am at a loss for words. I am very sadden at the loss. May God bless your family and keep you in his loving arms. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Pastor Rick helped me in ways he'll never know. I can't even begin to say how much it meant to me when he agreed to pastor at my son Corry's funeral. .
Anne Trimm
October 12, 2018
I am very sorry for your loss...praying you find peace....
Katie Rippel
October 8, 2018
May God bless you and keep you by his side. We are proud of your accomplishments while here with us and ask you keep an eye open on all members of the family.
Sam and Judy Payne
October 8, 2018
My condolences to Billie Jo and girls and his church family and friends. May you all find peace and comfort during this great loss. Love and Prayers to All.
Suky Faulkner
October 7, 2018
Billie Jo and Family, we are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Lynne and Rick Austin
October 7, 2018
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