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Lennis H. Long

October 6, 1966 November 24, 2019
Lennis H. Long
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Obituary for Lennis H. Long

Lennis Long, of Lapeer Michigan unexpectedly passed away on November 24, 2019. He peacefully left us at only 53 years young. Lennis was born in Detroit, Michigan on October 6, 1966. He is the cherished and dearest son of Larry and late Mildred (Bailey) Long.

Lennis “Dennis with an L, not Lennie, not Len, just call me Lennis” was truly a one in a million type of man. Not many people can bring the light to a room like he did. Nobody could or will ever turn dust into diamonds or “trash” into treasures…quite like him. He is known for his contagious charisma and undying infinite adoration for the City of Detroit.

Lennis was an early riser, always on timer, and a back breaker. He was a giver not a taker, always making sure nothing was ever missing, so his family could have all that they needed. He was a patient teacher, and a strong, steady leader. A firm handshaker, who never once met a stranger. He was tough as steel with a heart of gold. He was a hard rock loving, Pantera, Metallica, and Kiss army fan. Hardcore concert goer with a free spirit to just simply enjoy life for what it is, this very moment. Nothing more. Not tomorrow, later this week, or next month. What mattered to him was the NOW.

Anybody who knew of this special man, identified him by being a front load driver for Republic Services/Allied Waste. As it was not only his place of employment, where he dedicated himself, singlehandedly every day, for the past 30 years; but also the home to many of his greatest life accomplishments. He was number 3 in seniority for over 20 years. He was relentlessly always willing to be the helping hand for upcoming new drivers and train them on the road to do the job like he did. Lennis received numerous safe driving awards, always remaining accident free for his time at Republic. He was a soul you met and just never, ever forgot. He left a footprint on every single person he ever crossed paths with.

As if one job wasn’t enough, he was what you call “Lennis of all trades”. He sold car parts at swap meets, literature and brochures, antiques, and Detroit memorabilia. He set up spots at fairs, festivals, events all over the Metropolitan area, selling Detroit apparel and merchandise. It is truly limitless the amount of apparel he owned and hustled, raffled off at bars, throughout the city and its surroundings.

Lennis was a “family man”. Making trips to Florida to meet Mickey Mouse and introducing his children to rollercoasters at a young age was his mission to be accomplished. His sole passion was making his two kids and wife smile and laugh; no matter the circumstance; never once a dull moment. If there was one thing for certain, Lennis built a life worth living for his two children, Christopher Lennis and Katielyn Long. He worked faithfully on building the greatest childhood for his two children. Whether it was weekend trips to the Detroit Science Center or walking the streets of Greektown. Riding the People Mover or mingling amongst the dust of Ford Field at Monster Jam. His heart thrived within the polka dotted houses of the Heidelberg and down the streets of the renown Eastern Market. Lennis poured his heart and soul into teaching, sharing his knowledge, and adoration for the city of Detroit not just to his children, but also anyone whose paths crossed his. It’s doubtful that there’s a man who knows more of the history, the glory, the pain, the darkness, and the light within the city of Detroit. If you wanted to find the most secret bites to eat, and the greatest Reubens in town, Coneys in the D, or Mexican dinner, he knew where to go. He had an adventurous spirit that was passed onto his daughter, as they spent weekends adventuring through the remains of the vacant buildings like the crumbling historic, Packard Plant.

Lennis was the man who never wanted to watch sports on TV but was a diehard Detroit Lions, Red Wings, and Pistons fan, the moment he stepped foot into that arena. Above all, Lennis’s personality was just one memorably to go down in the books. Whether it be his Ernie Harwell impersonations of how “that ball was looooooooong gone”, or maybe about his crazy chinese drive thru experiences with overflowing cups of egg drop soup. Never to be forgotten though, the memories of his impersonation of Arthur P, Beavus and Butthead, and the sounds
of the infamous Scooby-Dooby-Doo.

Lennis was the man that taught you all the life lessons, that you never expected, not one of them. However, he was that simple man, who reminds us all that we should take our time, not living too fast. Troubles will come, and they will pass…..never forgetting that there is someone up above. Yet he was always that simple man, that something you love and understand. The fire inside of him will never stop burning within us. For, as we look back, a picture is worth a thousand words, we cannot see what those shades of grey keep covered. It will always make us all wish we’d seen it in color. We always remember that Lennis will always be traveling to all the places he needs to see. Things may never ever be the same, but we know he is free as a bird now.

Lennis Long was a genuine legend, gone but never, ever forgotten. For anyone else would call him Superman, but I will always just call him dad.

Rest in peace always and forever,
For may you fly high as a free bird.

Lennis is survived by his beloved wife of 27 years, Francine Long and children, Christopher Lennis Long and Katielyn Long. He is also survived by his father Larry Lennis Long and sister Melissa (James) Jolley. Lennis is preceded in death by his mother, Mildred Long.

A Funeral Service will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 1368 N. Crooks Road (between 14-15 Mile Rds.) Saturday, November 30th at 2pm. Friends may visit Friday, November 29th, 3-9pm and Saturday beginning at 1pm.

Donations appreciated to the family at this difficult time.


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