R. Steve Long

July 6, 1940 - August 10, 2017
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Robert “Steve” Long, 77, “just a little boy from Uhrichsville,” passed away in Aultman Hospital at Canton on August 10, 2017.

Steve was born on July 6, 1940, in Uhrichsville to the late Chester Carl and Mary Francis (Stoutt) Long. After graduating in 1958 from the former Uhrichsville High School, he continue…

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Robert “Steve” Long, 77, “just a little boy from Uhrichsville,” passed away in Aultman Hospital at Canton on August 10, 2017.

Steve was born on July 6, 1940, in Uhrichsville to the late Chester Carl and Mary Francis (Stoutt) Long. After graduating in 1958 from the former Uhrichsville High School, he continued his formal education at Ohio University, where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism.

At age 16, Steve began working at the former Evening Chronicle in Uhrichsville. He then worked for The Times-Reporter, retiring in 2006 as the editorial page editor.

Steve served his country as an officer in the 3rd Armored Division in West Germany before serving four years with the U.S. Army Reserve and five years with the Air National Guard as a Captain.

Steve devoted his career and life to his community. He was very passionate about the arts, contributing thousands of hours to the Deersville Community Theater and The Little Theatre of Tuscarawas County, where he participated in a variety of roles including acting. Steve was also a Civil War expert. He loved to share his knowledge with students throughout Tuscarawas County through his slide presentations about the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln and the pursuit of John Wilkes Booth. Steve was an active member of the Tuscarawas County Civil War Roundtable.

Steve also had a gift for writing and performing murder mysteries, completing 17 scripts.

Most importantly, Steve was devoted to his loving wife, the former Roxie A. Murphy, since marrying on November 27, 1993. He also was adored by his children, Scott Long of Austintown, O., Tom (Lisa) Long of Mineral City, Stevie Long of New Philadelphia, David (Lanette) Smith of Web City, Missouri, and Todd (Veronica) Smith of Gardner, Kansas.

Steve’s “Eight and a Great” will also deeply miss their grandfather including Kaylee, Nathan, Marissa, Josie, Andy, Elijah, Lacie, and Katie Grace; and his great-grandson, Benson.

In addition to his parents, Steve was preceded in passing by his first wife, Susan, in 1989; and his grandson, Alex.

Visitation will be held in the Geib Funeral Center at Dover on Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. A service will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday in the funeral home, followed by burial at Union Cemetery in Uhrichsville. Friends and family are invited back to the funeral home’s hospitality center where a meal will be shared following the committal service.

The family welcomes food contributions for the meal, which can be delivered to the Geib Funeral Center anytime Tuesday morning.

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Service Information

Visitation Information

Date: Monday, August 14, 2017

Time: 4:00 pm

End Time: 7:00 pm

Geib Funeral Center at Dover

Address:

5600 N Wooster Avenue, Dover, OH, 44622

Service Information

Date: Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Time: 10:30 am

Geib Funeral Center at Dover

Address:

5600 N Wooster Avenue, Dover, OH, 44622

Cemetery Information

Date: Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Union Cemetery - Uhrichsville

Address:

West 7th Street, UHRICHSVILLE, OH, 44683

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Reception Information

Date: Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Geib Funeral Center at Dover

Address:

5600 N Wooster Avenue, Dover, OH, 44622

Following committal services, a meal will be served in the Geib Funeral Center Hospitality Room at Dover.


Donation Information

Little Theatre of Tuscarawas County

PO BOX 53
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663
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Bisel United Methodist Church

located: 3108 Bissel Church Rd NE, Dover
mail to: 6788 Township Road 668
Dundee, OH 44624

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Born: July 6, 1940
Died: August 10, 2017

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Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

On behalf of the Geib Family and Staff, we offer our most sincere sympathy for your loss. We are honored to have been called upon to serve your family.

 

Sean Wilson posted on 8/15/17

My Condolences and Prayers are with you all Sean Wilson

 

Chris Calder posted on 8/14/17

Roxie, I am so very sorry for your loss. Keeping you in thought and prayer.

 

Carla Yarnall posted on 8/14/17

I am so sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. He sure sounds like a wonderful loving man.

 

Tom Fondriest posted on 8/14/17

Tom, Lisa, and Kids, Our prayers are with you for the loss of your Dad/Grandfather. May you find strength and peace in God's love. Tom, Jake, and Matt Fondriest

 

Linda Donant posted on 8/13/17

So sorry to hear about Steve, will miss him at the post office.

 

Dave Millard (Horizons Inc.) posted on 8/13/17

I have enjoyed knowing Steve through his association with Horizons Inc. Steve was always a very loving & compassionate father & was adored by his son, Stevie. All of ours lives are much brighter for having spent time with this wonderful man. My prayers go with this family in the days ahead. God Bless you all.

 

Darryl and Carol Mehaffey MeClain posted on 8/13/17

We were saddened and very surprised to learn of the death of our friend, Steve Long. My family(Joe Mehaffey, Bowerston) has a long history of friendship with the Long family: bowling with Chet and bowling @ his "Alley" in Dennison; my mother(Virginia) writing for the Chronicle; working with Steve in the community with Jaycees and many other projects; being friends and neighbors with family members; sons being classmates. I often wondered why, but Steve often called me for news in the area, even publishing an article about Jaycees/ Jaycee Women when the Jaycees merged the two. The other paper wouldn't publish the story about my views from a Jaycee Woman's viewpoint, predicting the failure of the organization in coming years. We were so happy when Steve married Roxie and his life was complete.Steve's passing lives a big gap in the Tuscarawas Valley

 

Ken Granville posted on 8/12/17

A friend to all. Steve will be greatly missed. My sympathy to all.

 

Bill and Shirley Bitticker posted on 8/12/17

Dear Roxie and Family, It is with deep sorrow and regret that we learned of Steve's passing. He was much respected by us as a member of our congregation at Bisel Church and as our Lay Leader. We ask that God keep all of you in His loving care. Bill and Shirley Bitticker

 

Bette Jane (BJ) Paaarrish posted on 8/12/17

T-County has lost a legend but the skies have gained another star. My thoughts & prayers are with all the family.

 

Bette Jane (BJ) Paaarrish posted on 8/12/17

T-County has lost a legend but the skies have gained another star. My thoughts & prayers are with all the family.

 

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