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David Lucius Long, 66, of Blackhawk, passed away April 6, 2017, in Union Hospital, surrounded by his family. David was born Oct. 12, 1950, in Terre Haute, to Arthur George Long and Perlina Josephine (Nicoson) Long.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Pamela Long; two daughters, Lisa Marie and Gregg Greven of Terre Haute, and Kimberly Ann and George Custer of Blackhawk; two granddaughters, Alexis Brooke (Summers) Pike and her husband Garrett of Bloomington, and Allison Paige Summers of Terre Haute; mother-in-law, Barbara Kirby of Paris, Ill.; and brother-in-law, Gary Kirby and his wife Linda of Charleston, Ill. David also is survived by several nieces and nephews.
David was preceded in death by his grandparents, Hugh and Myrtle Long, and Roy and Samantha Nicoson; his parents; and two brothers, Arthur Corwin Long and Donald Lee Nicoson Sr.
He was a 1968 graduate of Honey Creek High School. For several years he owned and operated Long's Sporting Goods. He was a trustee on the Fletcher Cemetery Association. David was a supervisor and machinist for General Housewares Corp. for 13 years. David retired as master sergeant after 41 years in the Air Force and Indiana Air National Guard. He was a flight engineer, crew chief and a resource adviser, and also served in the Vietnam war, Iraq war, Operation Northern Watch and Enduring Freedom. David was a member of the New Hope Fellowship Church of Terre Haute; and a member of the Terre Haute Gideons, where he loved distributing Bibles to the community. He was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was an avid outdoorsman, animal lover and gardener. He was the heart and soul of his family, whom he loved dearly. David was a friend to everyone he met, and loved by everyone who knew him. He will be greatly missed.
Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at DeBaun Springhill Chapel, 85 E. Springhill Drive, Terre Haute, with visitation from 11 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. The Rev. Larry Spear will be officiating; burial will be in Fletcher Chapel Cemetery. If friends so desire, memorial contributions may be made to Terre Haute Humane Society. Online condolences may be made at:
www.debaunfuneralhomes.com
Published on April 7, 2017
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