Howard Long, 77

Howard Junior Long, 77, Wabash, died at 4:23 a.m., Monday, Oct. 13, at Wabash County Hospital.  He was born April 15, 1937 in Star City, to Guy Long and Katherine Bridegroom.

Howard first married Lois Loretta Meyers on Aug. 12, 1956 in Kniman;  she died Aug. 29, 2001. He then married Gloria (Keaffaber) Mattern at Trinity Lutheran Church in Wabash, on Nov. 22, 2012.  He retired from the Manchester Foundry after 34 years.  He was a former member of the Miami Indian Foundation, the Moose Lodge, Eagles Lodge, and the  American Legion, all of North Manchester.  He enjoyed being outdoors, fishing, camping, dirt track racing, traveling, and NASCAR.  

He is survived by his wife, Gloria Long, Wabash; three children, Loretta Sue (Ezra) Gahl and Patricia Ann (Thomas) Bishop, both of North Manchester, and H. Lynn Long of Macy; two step-sons, James Carl (Sherry) Mattern, Lafayette and Christopher Eric (Amy) Mattern, Lizton; six grandchildren; one step-grandson, and nine great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 16, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel, 207 W. Main St., North Manchester with Pastor J.P. Freeman officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester. Friends may call Wednesday, Oct. 15, from 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Preferred memorial is to an orphanage or foster care of the donor's choice.

The memorial guest book for Howard may be signed at

Posted on 2014 Oct 14