Walter “Richard” Long Sr. of Steelville, Missouri was born on Wednesday, December 6, 1944 in St. Louis, Missouri to Paul William Sr. and Blanche Williams Long and passed away on Thursday, March 18, 2021 at the age of 76 years, 3 months and 12 days.
Richard grew up in St. Louis, Missouri until moving to Viburnum, Missouri. His family lived around Davisville, Cherryville and Steelville, Missouri and attended Cherryville High School until his sophomore year. He then moved to Georgia to stay with his uncle and graduated from Alpharetta High School.
He married Norma Joel Hedrick on November 16, 1963 in Boss, Missouri.
He served our country honorably in the United States Army.
He ran a cattle farm and worked at Doe Run as a maintenance foreman and consultant for 26 years. During that time he traveled to Peru to look over the mines to see if they were a good purchase for the company. He ended up retiring twice from Doe Run. Richard also worked at Scott’s Mechanical Shop in Sullivan, Missouri and was a bus driver for Steelville Schools.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge #77 AF&AM. He had accepted the Lord and attended the Steelville Assembly of God in Steelville, Missouri.
Richard enjoyed boating, waterskiing and spent many summers camping at different lakes. He loved classic cars. He liked to travel. He loved to play the guitar and had memorized “Stairway to Heaven.”
He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Blanche Long; wife of 54 years, Norma Long; father-in-law, Norman Hedrick; siblings, Bill (Helene) Long, Delores (Dave) Frederick and Jack Randall; and brother-in-law, Eddie Johns.
He is survived by his children, Angie Long of Union, Missouri and Richie Long of Leasburg, Missouri; daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Long of Cuba, Missouri; four grandchildren, Mickey Long and Maria Long, both of Cuba, Missouri, Hanna Mutz (fiancé Gage Asher) and Ryan Mutz, both of Union, Missouri; mother-in-law, Verla Hedrick; brother-in-law, Jerry (Penny) Hedrick of Willard, Missouri; sisters-in-law, Sonya Johns of St. Louis, Missouri and Ella Randall of Boston, Georgia; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at the Hutson Funeral Home in Steelville, Missouri. The Masonic Lodge #77 A.F.& A.M. service followed at 12:30 p.m.
The funeral service was held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at the Hutson Funeral Home in Steelville, Missouri with Rev. Jerry Beers officiating.
Burial was at the Boss Cemetery in Boss, Missouri with full military honors.
Arrangements under the direction of the Hutson Funeral Home in Steelville, Missouri.