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OBITUARY - JERRY LEE "CHIP" LONG

Jerry Lee "Chip" LONG, Sr. was born December 1, 1934 in Des Moines, Iowa to Dwight Ives and Geneva Mae (BEAM) LONG, and departed from this life at his home in Tingley, Iowa on April 18, 2000. Chip was working for Wright Tree Service when he met and married his wife of 38 years Betty Jo BEAR on November 11, 1961. To this union was born Vincent James, Russell LeRoy, Valerie Yvonne and Jerry Lee, Jr.

Chip was preceded in death by his son Jerry Lee in January, 1975; his parents; brothers Bill and Arlie; sister Glenna; father-in-law and mother-in -law (Glen and Eula BEAR); and brother-in-law Ted BAKER.

Chip and Betty raised their family in the Houston, Texas area where he was a greenskeeper and had his own landscaping business. In 1988 he became an over the road trucker. Later Chip and Betty became team drivers at which time they returned to live in Iowa and to be closer to their family.

Chip was forced to retire because of a heart condition. He kept busy by doing odd jobs for neighbors and friends. He raised lots of delicious tomatoes and was a regular at the coffee table in McIntosh Grocery Store.

Chip was baptized on Sunday, July 25, 1999 at Sun Valley Lake into the United Methodist Church of Tingley where he became an active member of Sunday school, Bible study and all other church activities.

In January, 2000, Chip started working as a blackjack dealer at Lakeside Resort and Casino in Osceola. Chip loved his job at the casino which gave him a sense of happiness and fulfillment.

He is survived by his wife Betty Jo; sons, Vincent of Livingston, Texas and Russell and wife Wendy of Spring, Texas; daughter Valerie and husband Scott HARDY of Osceola, Iowa; grandchildren: Christina LONG, Michael LONG, Andrew HARDY, Kahla Marie, Russell Le Roy, Jr., Taylor Nicole, Tyler James LONG; sister Duluci FORRETT of Adel, Iowa; brother Myrle LONG of New Hampshire; brothers-in-law, Don and Darlene BEAR of Mount Ayr, Ted and Bryce BEAR of Ellston; sisters-in-law: Shirley and Lawrence CHASE of Drexel Missouri, Beverley and Charles PETERMAN of Nevada, Missouri, Karen BAKER of Zearing, Iowa, Jean SCHRIEVER of Farmington, Minnesota; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and a multitude of friends and neighbors.

Services were held on Monday, April 24, 2000 at the United Methodist Church in Tingley with Pastor Jeff FLAGG officiating. Char CHRISTENSEN, Alan IBBOTSON and John ALLEN provided music. Casket bearers were Allyn JARRED, Charles CASE, Ted BEAR, Scott HARDY, Bill SMITH and Doug CAMPBELL. Chip was laid to rest in the Oliver Cemetery, Kellerton, Iowa.

Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home of Mount Ayr was in charge of the arrangements.

SOURCE: genealogybuff.com

Transciption by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2010

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