Bernard R. Long (August 2, 1941 — July 18, 2017)
Bernard R. Long, age 75, passed away Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at his home in Battlement Mesa. A Rosary will be held at St. Stephens Catholic Church on Monday, July 24, 2017, at 5:30 p.m., with the memorial service to be held on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at the Fairview Cemetery in Basalt, CO., with a pot-luck to follow at 129 Larkspur Court in Silt. A viewing will be held at Brown’s Cremation and Funeral Service in Grand Junction, CO, on Sunday, July 23, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Bernard was born August 2, 1941, to Ralph and Elvera Long in Glenwood Springs, CO. He married the love of his life, Martha Blanc, on November 8, 1958, at St. Stephens Catholic Church in Glenwood Springs. Bernard and Martha both attended Carbondale Union High School, and were married fifty-three years until Martha’s passing in 2012.
Bernard enlisted in the US Navy in 1961 and became an Aviation Electrician’s Mate (AE2), Petty Officer, 2nd Class. He worked on Naval aircraft aboard the USS Enterprise (CVN-65). He was a member of the first nuclear-powered Task Group in history to engage the enemy in South Vietnam in December of 1965. He was proud to be a Veteran of the United States Navy.
Bernard loved being in the mountains, and spent much of his time hunting, camping and fishing.
Bernard is survived by five children, sons Kevin (Gina) Long, Silt, CO, Jason (Erin) Long, Shepherd, MT, daughters Cindy Long and Connie Long, Battlement Mesa, CO, and Kristi Long, Silt, CO, brother, Doug (Jean) Long, Rifle, CO, sister, Eunice (Bill) Smith, Silt, CO, and seventeen grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Martha, his parents, granddaughter, Stormy Cerise, and many other beloved relatives.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a VA assistance program of choice.
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