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Kenneth Dale Long, USAF
July 16, 1931 – May 16, 2016
Kenneth Dale Long, 84 years, of Springfield, Missouri passed away Monday, May 16, 2016 at Riverview Residential Manor, Ozark, Missouri. Funeral services will be held 2:00 pm Thursday, May 19, 2016 at the Clinton United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at Englewood Cemetery, Clinton, Missouri. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Heart Association and may be left in care of the funeral home. Fond memories and condolences can be left online at www.vansant-millsfuneralhome.com.
Kenneth Dale Long was born July 16, 1931 on a farm south of Urich, Missouri. He was the middle child of Uel Elmer Long and Mary Angeline (Hull) Long. He attended Willow Branch grade school and was a 1949 graduate of Clinton High School. Dale attended the University of Missouri until he enlisted in the Air Force April 1952, where he served as a helicopter pilot during the Korean War. On December 19, 1953 he married Mary Ann Gates of Clinton, Missouri.
After leaving the Air Force he attended and graduated from the University of Missouri Columbia with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He worked for Emerson Electric in St. Louis, Missouri and later Fasco Industries in Springfield, Missouri where he retired in 1996. He was a member of Schweitzer United Methodist Church of Springfield, Missouri where he sang in the Senior Saints choir and was a member of the Joy Pickers Band. Dale was also a member of the United Methodist Men’s Club. He was an avid ham radio operator. He and his wife Ann enjoyed many summers traveling and camping in their RV.
Dale is preceded in death by his wife Mary Ann (Gates) Long, parents, Uel Elmer Long and Mary Angeline (Hull) Long, one brother, Robert Gene Long, one sister, Almyrta Faye Long, and one daughter-in-law, Antoinette Usey Long.
Dale is survived by one daughter, Linda Ann (Long) Wallace of St. Charles, MO, and one son, Kenneth Lee Long of Lafayette, LA, four grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, six nieces, and one nephew.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Vansant-Mills Funeral Home of Clinton, Missouri.
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Thursday, May 19, 2016
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601 S. 4th St
Clinton, Missouri 64735
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