Long Richard Maxwell Long (age 93) a former resident of Worthington, died peacefully at Kobacker House on December 14, 2015. He most recently resided in an independent living apartment at Friendship Village of Dublin. He was a retired Foreign Service Officer. He was born in Norman, Oklahoma to Benjamin and Flora Long who preceded him in death as did his loving wife of 60 years Betty, three brothers Vestal, James, and Franklin Long, and one grandson. Survivors include daughters, Victoria (Larry) Bohlman, Suzanne (Bill) Bailey, Kathryn (Tim) Conrad; nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Richard was a pioneer employee of Radio Free Europe. He joined the State Department in 1951 when he accepted assignment to the staff of US High Commissioner of Germany. He and his family served throughout Germany and Africa during his career. In retirement he was active in civic affairs in Worthington, including the Worthington Historical Society, was a member of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board for 12 years, and he conducted a Current Events Program at the Worthington Senior Center for 17 years. Richard was a World War II, US Army veteran serving 5 years, a member of the VFW, American Legion and Catholic War Veterans. He was active in city, county, and state veteran's affairs. Governors Voinovich and Taft, each appointed him to the Ohio War Orphans Scholarship Board, which he chaired for 3 years. Governor Voinovich also appointed him as a member of the Ohio Committee to Commemorate the 50 Anniversary of the end of World War II. He also founded a city committee in Worthington to commemorate WWII, which ran programs over a 2-year period marking highlights of that war. He chaired the committee, which placed the Veterans plaque and fountain on the Village Green in Worthington. He was a member of Saint Michael's council of the Knights of Columbus. He was a past member of CIRA retiree's association. Family and Friends may call from 46 p.m. Thursday, December 17, 2015 at RUTHERFORD-CORBIN FUNERAL HOME, 515 High Street, Worthington, Ohio 43085. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Friday, December 18, 2015 at St. Michael Church, 5750 N. High Street, Worthington, Ohio 43085 with The Rev. Anthony A. Dinovo, Jr., Celebrant. Burial will follow in Walnut Grove Cemetery. Richard asked that in lieu of flowers, to please do a kindness for a soldier or a child.
Richard Maxwell Long, 1922-2015
his remains can be found at Walnut Grove Cemetery in lot 101 - section C - space #3 north (view map) .
Arrangements were made by Rutherford-Corbin Funeral Home. The burial took place on Friday, December 18, 2015.
Contact Walnut Grove and Flint Cemeteries for more information.