W. Long Sr.
Joseph W. Long Sr. of North Prairie found peace March 1, 2016, at the age of 85, surrounded by his loving family. Joe was married to his loving wife, Elaine, for 64 years. He was the father of four children: Mary Jo (Dick) Bickert, Debbie (Jim) Donkle, Lynn (Josh) Eckert and Joseph W. Long Jr. He was Papa to grandkids John, Marie, Aaron, Robby, Jenny, Adam, Nonnie, Joey (an angel in heaven), Jesse, Clayton, Melanie, Peter, Jordan and Stephanie; 50 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
He is further survived by siblings Barbara, Jesse, Gordon (Sis), Huey, Ken (Marge), Doug (Maxine) and Patty (Allen), as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by sisters Mary Jane, Alberta, and Hazel; a brother, Jerry; and grandson Joseph W. Long III (Joey).
Joe loved to watch game shows and old movies with his wife, Elaine.
A big thank-you to his daughter Lynn for being his caretaker for the past few years. He could be a grumpy old man at times. And a big thank-you to the North Prairie Fire and Auxiliary departments for all they have done for the family.
A private family memorial gathering will be Sunday, March 6. Joe’s body will then be cremated per his wishes.
If desired, memorials to his family would be appreciated.