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January 5, 2013
The Times Observer

Roderick Wheelhouse Long, 82, died at home on January 3, 2013. He was born at home on Barton Run Road in Pittsfield, PA on January 27, 1930, the 4th child of S. Dewey and Emily Annie (Wheelhouse) Long. He attended Youngsville High School and entered the U S Navy as a Fireman Apprentice serving on the USS Leyte (CV32) and USS Kearsarge (CV 33) (both aircraft carriers). Returning to Pittsfield, he married Geraldine Baker on September 22, 1950. He worked as a carpenter for Pittsfield Construction, Clark and Chappel, and Associate Builders before starting a career with the National Forge Co. At the forge, he operated the multidirectional press form that made crankshafts for locomotives, ships, and submarines. In '91, he retired from the forge due to health. Rod's passions included hunting, fishing, and all team sports. He served his community as a member of the Youngsville Fire Department and a Pittsfield Township Supervisor for several years. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Geri. Also a son, Charles Long (Luci) of Wilmore, KY and a daughter, Luann Marzka (Rick) of Pittsfield, PA; three grandchildren, Roderick A. Long (Lori) of Lancaster, KY, Juliana Gaddis (Jim) of Nicholasville, KY, and Jonathan Long (Corinne) of Greenwood, IN: and 6 greatgrandchildren Eryn, Brett, Carter, Grant, Noemi Long, and Jameson Gaddis; a brother, C. Richard Long of Pittsfield, PA and a sister, Joyce Moffett of Columbus, MT. He was predeceased by a brother, Rev. Dewey John Long and a sister, Hazel Tipton.



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