WALLA WALLA - Gale R. Long, 84, of Milton-Freewater died Friday, Oct. 31, 2008, at St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5 at the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home. Concluding services and interment will be in the Milton-Freewater Cemetery. Ritualistic services will be conducted by Milton Lodge #96 A.F. & A.M.
Mr. Long was born June 16, 1924, in Stanley, Iowa to Bruce and Velma Bower Long. He graduated from Clarence High School in 1941. After his graduation from high school he joined the Army Air Corps, serving during World War II as a synthetic training instructor and achieving the rank of sergeant. After his discharge from the service in 1946 he drove truck until 1951.
In 1947 he married Maxine Wells in Stanwood, Iowa. He then joined the Cedar Rapids Police Department, eventually being promoted to captain. In 1960 he joined Seaboard Finance Company in Phoenix, Ariz., where he managed offices in Portland, Yakima and Milton-Freewater. He became a partner in Seaquist Real Estate and Insurance in January 1972; he later sold his interest in 1985 due to ill health. He then managed Pioneer Title Insurance until retiring in 1986.
In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, he was a member of the Jaycees, St. James Methodist Church, Police Department Protective Association, Grievance Committee, and president of Local #5 Iowa State Police Assn. He was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church where he served as chairman of the board, finance chairman, certified layperson and Sunday School teacher. He was also a member of Milton Lodge #96 A.F. & A.M., Scottish Rite Bodies, Portland Al Kader Temple of the Shrine, M-F Shrine Club, American Legion Post #24, Loyalty Chapter #47 Order of Eastern Star where he served as patron six times, Knights Templar, Commandry, Past President of M-F Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, Pea Festival Parade Chairman, Umatilla County Board of Realtors, City Budget Committee, Umatilla County United Way Board, McLoughlin High School Board (seven years), Breadbasket Board and Horizon Board. In 1980 he was named the M-F Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year.
Mr. Long is survived by his wife Maxine Long at the home; son Mark Long of Kent, Wash.; daughters Debbie York and Janine Long, both of Milton-Freewater; brothers Mick Long and Monte Long, both of St. Johns, Ariz., and Bill Long of Marion, Iowa; sisters Mavis Spry, Elizabeth "Lib" Bentrott, Carole Nerone, and Jackie Riegert, all of Tucson, Ariz., Fonda Toms of Prescott, Ariz., and Patricia "Pat" Wachal of Alburnett, Iowa; seven grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to Wesley United Methodist Church, Christian Aid Center or the Rotary Club Scholarship Fund through the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater, OR 97862.