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“A dear, dear man. Hard working, thoughtful, non-judgemental, with great stories to tell and a great sense of humor. Always positive and just a joy to...Read More »
1 of 17 | Posted by: Mike and Jeanie Glynn - Midland, MI

“My sincere condolences to the entire family for your loss. Such fond memories of standing along the highway waving to Joe and the troops headed to...Read More »
2 of 17 | Posted by: Roger DeCamp

“To the entire Long family and extended families. We are so very sorry to hear of the loss of your father. Your family has wonderful memories to hold...Read More »
3 of 17 | Posted by: Harry & Pam Rybicki

“JOE;Thank You for your Service. We are forever in your debt. Condolences to all. ”
4 of 17 | Posted by: A friend

“Thoughts and Prayers are with the Long family at this time. Joe's loving memory will live on in his many family and friends. Love, ”
5 of 17 | Posted by: The Gage's - Sault Ste Marie, MI

Winter in the fields outside of Rives Junction. “I am very saddened to hear about Joe's passing. My condolences to his family, we was a wonderful person.Although I grew up in Rives Junction, I did...Read More »
6 of 17 | Posted by: Jacob Slusser

“You will be loved and sorely missed Grandpa. ”
7 of 17 | Posted by: Lindsay Saari - Jackson, MI

“My condolences to the Long family. Captain Long and my father served together in the Michigan National Guard for several years. ”
8 of 17 | Posted by: Gary McConnell - Grayling, MI

“Uncle Joe was an amazing man who lived a wonderful life. I didn't really get to know him until after my Grandfather(Art Long) passed away, but he...Read More »
9 of 17 | Posted by: Tom Long - Taylor, MI

“Joe was always a wonderful friend to our family. He and my Dad, Tom, were close and Dad always thought so highly of Joe. I remember how Joe used to...Read More »
10 of 17 | Posted by: Kathy (Martin) Peeler - Bedias, TX

“Sorry to hear of the passing of Joe. He was a fine man and good friend of Winnie and me. We were classmates at Michigan Center and remained close for...Read More »
11 of 17 | Posted by: Frank Taylor 101 Clyde Morris #137 - FL

“My deepest sympathy to the Long family.Joe was one of the kindest men you'll ever meet. He liked talking about his fishing trips with his grandsons....Read More »
12 of 17 | Posted by: Monika Slusser - Rives Twp.

“Great memories of a wonderful man.Love to all. ”
13 of 17 | Posted by: Pat Norkey - Jackson

“Mr. Long, I did not know you, but it sounds like your life was very well lived. I particularly want to thank you for your service to our country in...Read More »
14 of 17 | Posted by: Steve Deming - Clermont, GA

“Carleen: sorry to hear of your fathers passing, I am sure you have many fond memories to keep close in your heart. His service to our country has...Read More »
15 of 17 | Posted by: Audrey Majors LaFrance - CA

“Joe...and Jeanette touched so many people with their kindness and genuine caring...leaving us such wonderful memories. I am grateful to have known...Read More »
16 of 17 | Posted by: Carolyne (Thoman) Payne - MI

“My thoughts and prayers are with you. Joe was a very sweet man and will be missed. Tina Snyder ”
17 of 17 | Posted by: A friend

98, passed away peacefully, on Tuesday, March 7, 2018, at Spring Arbor Assisted Living in Spring Arbor, MI. He was born in Jackson, MI, on December 4, 1919, the son of Bertha A. and William J. Long. On October 4, 1947, he married Jeanette A. McIntee and they remained together for 57 years, until her passing. Joe graduated from Michigan Center High School. In October 1941, he entered the United States Army where he committed to officer's training. In the European Theatre of WWII, he served in the Army's 30th Infantry Division, 105 Engineer Combat Battalion and was awarded the Bronze Star and Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster Medals. He served his country honorably and distinctly, ultimately retiring from the Michigan National Guard in 1962 with Captain's rank. His work life started at the Homade Food Market in downtown Jackson, and eventually shifted to a career role with the State of Michigan, where he advanced through increasingly important roles in the Department of Corrections and subsequently retired. From an early age he was good with his hands, as evidenced by his beautiful vegetable gardens and the countless successful construction projects required from owning an old farmhouse. He liked to play all games of cards, but by far his favorite was cribbage, which he taught to his daughters and most of their children and grandchildren. Joe also enjoyed watching the Detroit Lions and Michigan State Spartans basketball. Joe was often seen as a quiet man. He may not have said many words, but those he did say were important and worth listening to. In his later years, however, Joe enjoyed sitting down with his family to tell them about his childhood and also his experiences in WWII. Joe was known as a father-figure by many men and was well-respected by all who met him. His family and friends will deeply miss his dry sense of humor and the love that he shared with those in his life. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jeanette A., his parents William and Bertha, his sisters Mary Lou (Mike) Long and Betty Strunk, and his brother Arthur Long. He is survived by five daughters including Joette (Gerald) Saari of Jackson, MI, Janis (Walter) Luck of Rives Junction, MI, Debra Long, of Parma, MI, Carleen (Glen) VanBlarcom, of Wolcott, CT, and Jill McClintic, of Mansfield, TX. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. A celebration of Joe's life will be held on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at 12:00 p.m.at the Watson Funeral Chapel in Jackson, Michael D. Mason officiating, interment Roseland Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675 or the charity of your choice.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.

Funeral Home
Watson Funeral Chapel
2590 Spring Arbor Road Jackson, MI 49203
Tel. (517) 782-7144