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John J.P. Long

July 20, 1918 August 17, 2012
John J.P. Long
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Obituary for John J.P. Long

John Long was born July 20th, 1918 in Columbus, Ohio and died August 17th, 2012 in Royal Oak, Michigan.
He spent a great deal of his early life on the East Coast and attended Wardlaw Preparatory School. He then went on to Penn State University and graduated as president of his senior class. While at Penn State, he was a proud member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He remained faithful to his fraternity brothers and was a big fan of Penn State's beloved football coach, the late Joe Paterno.

Mr. Long was a veteran of World War II and served as a Lieutenant in the United States Coast Guard. He spent most of his time serving the war effort at sea, around the Aleutian Islands off the Alaska Territory. We will miss his fascinating recollections from that part of his life. While in the service, he met his future wife Barbara, from Grosse Pointe, Michigan.

After the service, he moved to Michigan to be near his family. He reunited with Barbara, and they married and moved to Birmingham, Michigan. There they raised their family and enjoyed their life together for sixty six years.

He may be remembered most as an avid outdoorsman. He authored an excellent guide for Michigan trout streams entitled "The Emergence Schedule." He and three partners shared ownership of his favorite "home away from home", once known as �The Cabin Four Club.� Situated on a bend of his beloved AuSable River near Grayling, he spent much of his time in waders enjoying the challenge of the catch and ultimate release of trout with his personally hand-crafted flies.

Mr. Long is survived by his wife Barbara and together they raised three children who went on to be three wonderful adults.

The family decided on a private viewing and burial at White Chapel Memorial Cemetery in Troy, Michigan.


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