Vernon C. Long, 91, of Eldridge, Iowa, died Thursday, March 7, 2013, at Trinity Bettendorf.
Services in celebration of his life were held at 1 p.m. Monday, March 11 at Weerts Funeral Home, Kimberly at Jersey Ridge Road, Davenport. Visitation was held from 1-3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Burial was in the National Cemetery, Rock Island, Ill., where military honors were presented by VFW Post #6174, Eldridge.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Scott County Humane Society.
Vernon was born in 1922 in Cedar County, Iowa, the eldest of eight children born to Hilbert J. and Zella Long. He grew up in Tipton and attended schools through Junior College until he entered World War II. He married Mary Lee Hoffman in May 1958. She died in April 1960. He later married Jeannette Kirsch in March 1966.
During World War II he was in the Army Air Corps co-piloting the B-26 Marauder Bomber, flying several missions over Europe. He retired from the 1105th Army Helicopter Unit in June 1977.
He worked as a Plans Programmer for the Rock Island Arsenal, retiring in June 1977 after 33 years.
He was a member of the Edward W. Knapper VFW Post 6174. He was a long time member of Cornerstone Baptist Church and had served as a trustee.
He had a life-long love of flying, starting with model airplanes and graduating to building his own home-built airplane, completed in 1960. He was a charter member of Chapter 75 of the Experimental Aircraft Association.
Survivors include his wife, Jeannette; his stepson, Dr. Robert (Anita) Hoffman of Indianapolis, Ind., and their children, Sara, Stephen and David; his children, Kent (Krista) Long of Long Grove, Iowa, and their son, Owen; Tiffin (Brian) Mohr of Charlotte, N.C.; and Darren (Kelly) Long of Silt, Colo., and their sons, Evan and Logan; sisters, Dorothy Taylor of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Rebecca Martin of Martelle, Iowa, and Jo Bennett of Tipton, Iowa; and brother J. Benedict Long of San Antonio, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Betty Fitch, Marjorie Dolan and Nancy Marolf.
Online condolences may be expressed to Mr. Long’s family by visiting his obituary at www.WeertsFH.com.