Obituary for Clifton "Ray" Long

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Clifton "Ray" Long

March 23, 1945 - August 25, 2016

Clifton “Ray” Long, age 71, passed away on Thursday afternoon, August 25, 2016. He was a resident of Greenwood.

 

He was born in Seymour on March 23, 1945 to his parents, the late Clifton Beach and Sarah Bernadine (Haas) Long. Ray was a 1963 graduate of Seymour High School and went on to attend Franklin College and IUPUI. He served as a Combat Controller with the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War.

 

Ray retired in 2013 as a mechanical and electrical engineer for Automated Machinery in Cincinnati, OH. He was a member of the National Speleological Society, Air Commando Association, Combat Control Association and the Greenwood VFW and American Legion.

 

Ray enjoyed caving, hunting, fishing, gardening, riding his wave runner and kayaking in the Tampa Bay near his winter home.

 

He is survived by his wife, Connie J. (Walters) Long of Greenwood, whom he married on December 22, 2011 in Franklin. Ray is also survived by his children, S. Nanette (Kevin) Kastner of Indianapolis and M. Alison (Michael) Entringer of New Brunswick, Maryland; sister, Sally Beth (Steve) Acton of Seymour; and grandchildren, Madeline and Isaac Kastner.

 

The Rev. Anthony Wilks will conduct a funeral service on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Meredith-Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center, 179 E. Mulberry Street in Morgantown. Friends may call from 5 p.m. until service time at the funeral home. Military rites will be conducted following the service on Wednesday at the funeral home.

 

Memorial contributions may be sent in honor of Ray to the Cancer Center of Schneck Medical Center, 411 W. Tipton St. Seymour, IN 47274.

 

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.meredith-clark.com.

 

Information: (812) 597-4670

You can link directly to the video hosted on our white-labeled site:
Ray’s Tribute Video

 

 

 

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Born: March 23, 1945
Died: August 25, 2016

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Tanya Peter posted on 1/1/00

Connie - So sorry to hear of your loss! Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you! -Tanya Peter

 

Barbara DeNoon posted on 1/1/00

My thoughts, love and prayers are with all of you at this very difficult time. Ray was a great person and he will be missed so much by all. My sincere sympathy goes out to all of you not only now but in the weeks ahead! Love and Blessings, Barbara

 

Simon Hershberger posted on 1/1/00

Sorry for your loss! I would to share my sympathy with you and may God be with you all during this difficult time. I learned to know and appreciate Ray by his coming to Honeyville Metal as the service tech from AMI. I was the Weidamann turret punch operator when Ray first started coming here and he was still coming when my son started to operate the machine. Yes we appreciated and enjoyed getting to know Ray very much. God be you and keep you! Simon Hershberger

 

Janice Greeson posted on 1/1/00

Connie: So sorry to hear about your loss! My thoughts and prayers are with you. Janice

 

Keli Mosley posted on 1/1/00

Connie, I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Keli

 

Angela Scarborough posted on 1/1/00

Connie, my heart was saddened to hear of your loss. My deepest condolences go out to you and Ray's daughters.

 

Mike Miles posted on 1/1/00

Nanette, you and your family are certainly in my family's prayers!

 

Craig M posted on 1/1/00

Sorry to hear about your father, Allison! You have my condolences. Craig

 

Trina Ginyard posted on 1/1/00

I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family have my condolences. I know that you have fond memories of your dad, always cherish those moments, and may the father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort, be with you at this time. 2Cor 1:3,4

 

Robbie Hurst posted on 1/1/00

I've known Ray for quite a few years online with a gardening group. I loved seeing his pictures of his gardens and reading his adventure stories. I had the privilege of meeting him in person some years back in Indiana. He was an amazing man. Prayers for peace for his family are lifted.

 

Mary Bowmer posted on 1/1/00

I am sorry for your loss of Ray. I never met him but felt I knew him a little because our son, Joseph Bowmer called him a friend and thought a lot of him. God be with you all.

 

Sue Milburn posted on 1/1/00

Connie, you and Ray's family are in my prayers and thoughts. He was a very special figure in our caving family and will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.

 

joseph bowmer posted on 1/1/00

sorry for your loss, he was an inspiration to everyone who had the chance to get to know him. he went over and beyond to help anyone who requested his services. he was a great friend and will be missed dearly. I enjoyed spending time with him on my days off from work when I was able to, we caved a lot. I never got to kayak with him but wanted too. my roomate and I were with him at the river the day before and day of his passing, we had a great time and then before we knew it he moved on. he will be missed by many!

 

Art Pittman posted on 1/1/00

Though My heart is heavy on hearing this news ..I extend My Condolences to, the Family. God Speed! ..Ray

 

Peggy and Michael McCallum posted on 1/1/00

Oh...how we will miss our buddy at Regency Cove in Tampa Florida. Ray, Michael will miss his bestest fishing buddy, the lagoon will miss you, Sunset Point will miss you and we will also miss your smiling face, your words of always positive and happy. There will be a hole there when we arrive this year, but we will look up and see you....until we meet again our friend, Peggy and Michael ***All those who loved Ray (Connie, the girls and the grandbabies...whom he adored.....we feel your pain and loss.

 

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