Leon Lloyd Long
Leon Lloyd Long
April 27, 1932 – Feb. 7, 2018
Services for Leon Lloyd Long, 85, of Sallisaw, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, at the Agent & Mallory-Martin Chapel in Sallisaw. Burial will follow at Macedonia Cemetery in Pocola under the direction of Agent & Mallory-Martin Funeral Service Inc.
He was born on April 27, 1932, in Bokoshe to Virtie Velma (Bowen) Long and Barney “Lonnie” Alonzo Long and passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Sallisaw.
Mr. Long was a carpenter, member of First United Methodist Church in Sallisaw, a U.S. Air Force veteran and a graduate of Panama High School. He joined the Air Force on Nov. 21, 1951, at the age of 19. He reached the rank of E-5/Supply Technician Sergeant. He was stationed in Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, Wyo., Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, and South Korea. He separated from the Air Force on Aug. 22, 1955. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal.
After leaving the U.S. Air Force, Leon returned to LeFlore County and shortly met Ruth Ann Ridenour. He married Ruth Ann on June 4, 1956, in Panama and shortly moved to California. They moved into a garage apartment and eventually purchased a home in Long Beach, Calif., and had two children: Rhonda Long, born March 22, 1958, and Barney Long, born Oct. 8, 1960. In February 1978, Leon returned to LeFlore County due to Ruth’s family home and she soon passed away on July 24, 1978. A few years later, Leon met the second love of his life, Erleen Sullivan. Leon and Erleen lived as one for almost 40 years. Leon enjoyed his church and church family, spending time with his family and talking SOONER sports.
Survivors are his wife, Erleen of the home; one daughter, Rhonda Long-Cook and husband, William Cook of Reno, Nev.; one son, Barney Long of Fort Smith, Ark.; two stepsons, Frank Sullivan Sr. and Steve Sullivan both of Sallisaw; four grandchildren, Spencer, Tristan, Rachel and Melissa; six step grandchildren, Frank, Matt, Andrea, Jeff, John and Christie; and several great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ruth Ann; his parents, Barney “Lonnie” Long and Virtie Velma (Bowen) Long; and siblings, Doyle Long, Harold Long, Kenneth Long, Dorothy Long, Pete Mecom, Tom Mecom, Kurt Mecom, Elsie Mecom, Lillie “Grace” Mecom and Francis Mecom.
Active pallbearers will be Lynn Allsup, Lea Lessley, Bob Walden, Dow Duke, Don Bickle, Jack Wright, Gary Winton, Gary Schaffer, Loyd Jackson and Dwight Walkingstick.
Viewing is 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home in Sallisaw. The family will greet from 6 to 8 p.m.