A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, October 5, 2018 at Lauber-Moore Funeral Home, Friend with Fr. Lawrence Stoley officiating. Interment will be in the Andrew Cemetery with military services conducted by the US Navy and Friend American Legion. Visitation 9am until service time at the funeral home on Friday. Memorials are directed in care of the family for later designation.
Joseph D. Long was born March 27, 1949 at Stapleton, NE to Joseph D. and Irene (Palmer) Long, the fourth of six children and passed away Monday, October 1, 2018 at his home in Friend, Nebraska at the age of 69 years 6 months and 4 days. He attended Stapleton High School and completed his GED while in the service. Joseph served during Vietnam on the USS Mitscher as an electrician for the US Navy from 1969 until 1973. He was united in marriage to Judy K. Dutcher at Camden, North Carolina and their union was blessed with three children.
Joseph was the foreman of the service department for the City of North Platte for 13 years and later drove a truck over-the-road for Schneider National for 17 years. He was a member of the Geneva VFW and Friend American Legion.
Joseph was an avid fisherman and enjoyed his camping time. Riding his motorcycle was a pleasure and he often rode it whenever he needed to go somewhere, whether shopping or just “out for a drive”. Being raised on a farm in Stapleton, Joseph enjoyed classic western movies and the general wholesomeness of the “cowboy” lifestyle.
He is survived by his wife, Judy Long, Friend, daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Gabe Elliott, Louisville, KY, sons and daughter-in-law, Jason and Trina Long, Geneva, Anthony Long, Lincoln, five granddaughters, Kricket Puyot, Keisha Hollman, Kaitlyn Farber, Kira Long, and Skye Long, four great-grandchildren, sister, Mary Jordan, Dallas, TX, sister-in-law, Patricia Kennedy, Houston, TX, nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers, Charles, David, and John Kramer, James Long and brother-in-law, Fred Dutcher.