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Richard Russel Long

September 16, 1930 — January 16, 2024

Lebanon

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Richard Russel Long, 93, of Lebanon PA, passed away on Tuesday, January 16, 2024 in his daughter's home, Chester Springs, PA. He was born on September 16, 1930 to the late Russel Long and Caroline Long nee Nagle in Myerstown, PA. Richard graduated from Myerstown High School and attended Temple University. He served 4 years in the United States Navy as a Fleet Marine Corpsman during the Korean War. He was also one of the "atomic marines" entrenched 2.3 miles from the atomic bomb detonation in Yucca Flats Nevada in 1953. He was employed by RCA/General Electric for 25 years and VA Medical Center pharmacy for 8 years. Richard was dedicated to the service of others through his affiliations in many organizations. After retiring, he continued to volunteer at the VAMC where he amassed more than 5800 service hours. Masonic affiliations included Mount Lodge No. 226 where he served as Chaplain, Knights Templar Hermit Commandery No. 24 where he served as Prelate and Prelate Emeritus, Weidle Royal Arch Chapter No. 197, and Royal and Select Master Masons Lebanon Council No. 27. In addition, he was a member of Tall Cedars, Quittapahilla Forest No. 25, Scottish Rite: Valley of Harrisburg and Rajah Shrine, Reading. Elks affiliations included Lebanon Elk Lodge No. 631 where he served as Past Exalted Ruler and Chaplain, Vice Chairman of the Veterans Committee of PA Elks and member of Elks National Veterans Committee. Richard was also a member of the Sons of the American Revolution where he served as past president, Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War, Lebanon Marine Corp League No. 545, Navy Club Ship No. 91 where he served as past commander, Military Order of the Devil Dogs No. 031, Governor Heister Lodge where he served as past president, American Legion, Mt Gretna United Methodist Church and the Pennsylvania German Society. In 2004, Richard published a book, "Dearest Carrie", which is a non-fiction Civil War romance about his great grandmother. Richard was married for 68 years to his now deceased wife, Barbara Long. He is survived by daughter Susan Evans and her husband Steven Evans, grandchildren Jason Evans, Caroline Byars, Alexander Evans, and Emily Evans, great grandchildren Frances Byars, Theo Evans, and Russell Byars and 2 nephews Tony and James Mioli / 2 nieces Cathy Craig and Suzanne Damato. He is beloved by his family and will be missed very much.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, January 23, 2024 from 10:00-11:00AM at Christman's Funeral Home, Inc., 226 Cumberland Street, Lebanon. Elks and Masonic and funeral services will begin at 11:00.

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Visitation

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

10:00 - 11:30 am (Eastern time)

Christman's Funeral Home, Inc.

226 Cumberland St, Lebanon, PA 17042

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Funeral Service

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

11:00am - 12:30 pm (Eastern time)

Christman's Funeral Home, Inc.

226 Cumberland St, Lebanon, PA 17042

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Graveside Service

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

1:30 - 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

Indiantown Gap National Cemetery

60 Indiantown Gap Rd, Annville, PA 17003

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