Russell Long

Lt. Col. Russell Morris Long, Ret.

Monday, December 26th, 1938 - Wednesday, December 4th, 2019
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Russell Morris Long, age 80, born December 26, 1938 in Ada Oklahoma to Louis and Helen Long passed away in his home in the afternoon on December 4, 2019. He no longer suffers from the effects Alzheimer’s but has returned home to the Lord.
He was a devoted husband to Frances, as they had just celebrated their anniversary of 55 years. It is truly an act of God’s will, as they met in College on a blind date. He was a dedicated father to 4 daughters; H. Katherine Toton of Leesburg, VA, Marie L. Reeves of Frederick, MD, Esther I. Morgan of Parker, CO and Carol J. Hawn of Castle Rock, CO. Also, a loving grandfather to Hailey and Charlotte Morgan and Ryan Davis, Corey, Jacob, Alex and Wyatt Hawn.
Russell is survived by his only sibling, Bruce W. Long of Dallas, TX.
Russell attended Oklahoma University in the footsteps of his father. Where he began his military pursuit with the ROTC program, eventually being able to walk the graduation stage as his father once did. His studies left him with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology in 1960. There was unfortunately no graduation ceremony to show off his accomplishments, due to the tornado that passed over Norman, Ok. After graduation he entered the Army for Basic training where he showed exceptional knowledge and skill. He then became the instructor for the artillery and survey units. He first began his love for the Army and artillery when he was just 3 years young, riding in the bed of a military truck with his father at Ft. Sill. This military career expanded over the next 27 years, where he dedicated his life to the love of his country. He has traveled all over the world; to include 5 continents, over 40 countries, 1 war (Desert Storm 1990). During these journeys, he was called for another army.
He decided to dedicate himself once again to do the Lords will. He attended Dallas Theological Seminary in Texas and graduated in 1977 and ordained at Reinhardt Bible Church. After graduation from seminary he served at Cedar Lake Camp, a Christian faith-based camp, as their director. When the camp closed, his ministries to him to Tonkawa Bible Church and Blackwell Bible church, both in Oklahoma, as the lead Pastor. His calling brought him to Brooke Medical Center in Texas, where he was part of the Clinical Pastoral Education program. But once again, the good Lord wasn’t done with him. He accepted a position in Colorado at Grace Calvary Fellowship as their pastor. He then stepped out of the church to join the Army National Guard as their Chaplain. With the Army in one hand and the Lord in the other, his guidance covered multiple states to include Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Colorado. He finished his active military service in the winter of 1998 when he was officially retired. He continued to serve his military brothers and sisters by joining the MOWW and MOAA organizations, as he faithfully still gave his ministry as their Chaplain.
With his wife being of Scottish heritage, he embraced the kilt as a MacDougall. He then joined the SAMS organization (Scottish American Military Society). Annually they would attend the Longs Peak Scottish Festival in Estes Park, Co.
After retirement fully set in, he could be found enjoying several different things. Whether it be one of his favorite Westerns or sitting by the side of a lake fishing. He also shared the love of trains and could be found in the basement ‘tweaking’ his train table to make it just perfect. But most of all, he was a family man. There was no other place he’d rather be than with his wife, children and grandchildren.
His love for them will be forever carried in their hearts, memories and lessons taught throughout his years.
Services will be provided Aspen Mortuaries. On December 16,2019 at Southside Bible Church
7050 S. Tucson Way Centennial, Co 80112. Viewing is at 9, service to begin at 10am. A light lunch will be provided after the service. Internment at Ft. Logan to begin at 2:15, Pavillion C.
Flowers can be sent to Aspen Mortuary in Lakewood, Co 1350 Simms St or in lieu of, a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project or The Gideons International
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  • Visitation

    Monday, December 16th, 2019 | 9:00am - 10:00am
    Monday, December 16th, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
    South Side Bible Church
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  • Service

    Monday, December 16th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Monday, December 16th, 2019 10:00am
    South Side Bible Church
    7050 S. Tuscon Way
    Centennial, Colorado 80111
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  • Interment

    Monday, December 16th, 2019 | 2:15pm
    Monday, December 16th, 2019 2:15pm
    Fort Logan National Cemetery
    3698 S. Sheridan Blvd.
    Denver, Colorado 80236
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    Please arrive at Staging Area "C" No Later than 2:00 pm


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Ronald Crowder

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Russell was a respected member of the command team, a mentor, and a valued friend. I was very proud to have soldiered with him and to have become acquainted with his family. Frances my sincerest condolences. Regretfully, I will not be in Colorado for the ceremonies. Ronald G. Crowder, MG (Ret), COARNG

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