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Ronald L. "Johnnie" Long
Ronald L. PainterRonald L. "Johnnie" Long, age 97 of Prospect, beloved husband of the late Carroll (Dix) Long, died Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at his home.  He and Carroll were married on June 21, 1935 and were married for seventy years.

He was the devoted father of daughter, Judith (Bob) Rodgers, Corona Del Mar, California; son, Stu (Sharry) Long, Lebanon; daughter, Rebecca Jane (Curt) Roller (both deceased); and the loving brother of Norma J. Hughes, Marion; dear grandfather of Lori Rodgers, Lisa Rodgers Lish, Jill Rodgers Dahlson, Jan Rodgers Dahlson, Amy Roller Burgess, Anna Roller, Michael Roller, Juliet Roller, and Malinda Long-Copland.  Johnnie was the beloved great-grandfather of twenty-four and the great-great-grandfather of two children.

Born on November 29, 1915 to Harry A. Long and Malinda (Krause) Long, he was a lifelong resident of Marion County.

Besides his parents and daughter, he was preceded in death by his infant brother, Russell and his sisters, Esther Blank and Elizabeth Dix.

Johnnie was a retired painting contractor and also exhibited a great deal of artistic talent.  He served as president and vice president of the former Prospect School Board, served on Prospect Village Council, scoutmaster of Troop #23 and the Prospect Fire Department.  He was a member of Prospect United Methodist Church, Prospect Senior Citizens, and Marion Lodge #70 F&AM.  During World War II, he served as the supervisor at the Air Force Depot in Marion.

He was a dedicated family man and was also an avid hunter, enjoying trapshooting, playing pool and working with flowers in his yard.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 11:00 AM at the Prospect United Methodist Church with Pastor Carolyn Christman officiating.  Burial will follow in Prospect Cemetery.  Friends may call from 5 to 7 PM on Tuesday at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, Prospect.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Prospect United Methodist Church, 213 North Elm Street, Prospect, OH  43342.

Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballinger.com

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#1 from: Pauline Oehler
20014 N. Trading Post, Sun City West, AZ  85375
Thu, May 2, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Our condolences to you on the loss of your beloved father and grandfather. Our family has fond memories of Johnny as a wonderful person and neighbor. You were so blessed to have him for so many years as were we with our own father. You will long to hear his voice, his laugh and to see him smile. May your memories sustain you and live forever in your hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with you today.

Pauline and Cheryl Oehler
Tom and Peggy Knickel
Carolyn Daugherty Mathiesen

#2 from: Evelyn Long
Cardington Ohio
Thu, May 2, 2013 at 7:01 PM

I'm so very sorry about the passing of Ron
It opens the wound of losing my husband, Willis
because he was a good friend and was the first
to employ Willis after he was discharged from the
Army.  Ronnie and Carroll remained our good
friends as were his parents, Harry and Malinda.
He will be deeply missed - but what a very nice
man he was.  My deepest sympathy to each of you.

#3 from: Richard Good
Fri, May 3, 2013 at 9:25 PM

My thoughts and prayer are with the family at this difficult time. My sincere sympathies.

#4 from: Doris
Houston, Texas
Sat, May 4, 2013 at 11:54 AM

During your most difficult times may this promise from the holy scriptures strengthens the family in knowing that soon, we will reap the many blessings of our savior Jesus Christ sacrificial death and soon death will be no more - John 3:16; Revelation 21:3, 4.

#5 from: Joan (Richard) Blank, Doug/Carlotta Blank, Michelle/Fred Wall
Wilmington, NC
Sun, May 5, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Our thoughts are with you in this your time of loss.  Johnny was a terrific uncle and had a wonderful sense of humor and we will miss him. God Bless you and comfort you.

Joan Blank, Doug and Carlotta Blank, Fred and Michelle Wall.

#6 from: Charles & Peggy Hall
Marysville, Ohio
Wed, May 8, 2013 at 4:03 PM

So sorry to hear of Johnnie's passing.  We will keep the family in our prayers.

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