Charles Kenneth Long, known to many as Ken and to some as Mose, of Union, MO, formerly Lonedell, MO, departed this life in St. Clair, MO on October 9, 2011 having reached the age of seventy-nine years, nine months and ten days. Charles was born in Ironton, MO on December 29, 1931, son of Wesley Long and Bessie Long nee Dean. On May 5, 1955 he was united in marriage to Jeanette Louise Ruder and six children came to bless this union.
Ken is survived by his wife, Jeanette Long of Union, MO; by his children, Vicky Gills and husband, Mathew, of Rosebud, MO, Rodney Long and wife, Kelly, of Lonedell, MO, Gale Heideman and husband, Jim E., Sr., of Lonedell, MO, Kenneth Long of Beaufort, MO, Cindy Brinker and husband, Vernon, of Villa Ridge, MO and Kevin Long and wife, Kim, of Lonedell; by three sisters, Shirley Eldridge of Fredericktown, MO, Willie Mae “Bill” Eldridge of Piedmont, MO and Cara F. “Corky” Tilk of Fredericktown; by fourteen grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents, Wesley and Bessie Long; and by one brother, James Long.
Ken was proud to have served his Country during the Korean War in the United States Navy, entering December 7, 1951 and receiving his honorable discharge on November 28, 1955. He was a member of American Legion Post 347 of St. Clair and member of the St. Clair Elk’s Lodge 2651 of St. Clair. Ken was a carpenter by trade and retiree of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Local 1839 of St. Louis, MO. Ken was an outgoing man with a love for life and the outdoors. Fishing and hunting were his favorite pastimes, as was tinkering on motors and other projects around the house. He loved to make homemade wine and was always canning and preserving something, which he liked to share with friends and family. His keen sense of humor and friendly ways were known to many and will be missed by all. Nothing made him happier than the time spent with his children and grandchildren and he was so very proud of them all.
A kind and loving husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, great and great-great-uncle, cousin and friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him.
A memorial visitation was held from 3:00 to 8:00 PM on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO. Private committal services will take place at a later date. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Missouri Department of Conservation, Youth Division.