Richard E. LongJuly 28, 1920 – November 8, 2004
Richard E. Long, of Carbondale, formerly of Aspen, passed away at Valley View Hospital the evening of Monday, Nov. 8, of natural causes. He was born July 28, 1920, in Monte Vista, the son of Edward and Mamie Long. He spent his childhood in the Sargent District of the San Luis Valley and attended Western State College in Gunnison. With the advent of World War II, Richard enlisted in the Army Air Corps and was a B-17 pilot in Europe. He successfully flew 32 missions without the loss of a single crewmate and was awarded the Air Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He returned to the United States and Austin, Texas, in August of 1944 to finish his tour of duty as an instructor. He married his college sweetheart, Lois Mourning, on July 18, 1945.Richard and Lois moved to the family farm in Monte Vista, where they farmed and ranched until Richard returned to college in 1957. He graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Pharmacy in 1960 with honors and was awarded the prestigious Henry Award in Pharmacy.They returned to their native Colorado in 1961, moving to Aspen. There Richard worked as a pharmacist at Matthew Drug until purchasing Aspen Drug in 1968.Richard will be remembered by many as the cheerful and friendly pharmacist tending to the needs of the Aspen community from 1961 until 1978 when he retired to the local golf courses.He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois, in 2001, and is survived by his sons, Roger (Deb) of Aspen and Ron (Mary Marks) of Carbondale. Richard E. Long will be missed in the hearts of many. He raised his sons by his own example.A memorial is scheduled for 2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 24, at Heritage Park Care Center, 1200 Village Road, Carbondale. Please, no flowers. Donations can be made to the National Parkinson’s Disease Foundation.A memorial is scheduled for 2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 24, at Heritage Park Care Center, 1200 Village Road, Carbondale. Please, no flowers. Donations can be made to the National Parkinson’s Disease Foundation.
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