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Victor E. Long 1932-2020

LaGRANGE — Victor E. Long, 88, of LaGrange, passed away Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, after a brief illness.

He attended Warren City Schools and graduated from Warren G. Harding High School in 1950, where he was the class president. Upon graduation, the following year he enlisted in the Navy due to the Korean War. This enlistment was from 1951 until 1959. As a result of his military time, he received the Navy Good Conduct medal, the Korean Service medal, the Republic of Korea War Service medal, a Combat Service ribbon, a United Nations Service medal, the China Service medal and the National Defense Service medal. He was a very patriotic man.

Upon returning from the war, he married his longtime sweetheart, Ruth Cover, and for a while they lived in West Farmington. They then bought a farm in Southington. He was a volunteer firefighter for both of those communities.

In 1962, he lost his job at the old Beaver Pipe Tool Co. in Warren and he and his family moved to Lorain County and bought a small farm in LaGrange, Ohio. He became employed at the Ridge Tool Company as a toolmaker and was eventually promoted to the position of a project engineer. After 32 years at Ridge Tool, he retired in 1993.

Vic was a member of the LaGrange United Methodist Church at which he and Ruth have worshipped and served since 1962.

Vic was a member of the Northern Ohio Officials Association and officiated high school basketball and football for 25 years. He was also a member of the LaGrange Township zoning appeals board.

He also helped out during the holiday season at the Wilcox Tree Farm in LaGrange for a number of years.

His desire for deer hunting took him to Michigan every season, where he joined his Navy buddy and very close friend, “Red” Ovenden.

At one time, Vic, his wife and family hiked the Appalachian Trail to the top of Mount Washington in New Hampshire. Then a few years later, they took a mule trip down into the Grand Canyon.

Vic and his wife operated a small flock of sheep and would raise lambs for 4-H to be shown at the county fair. Vic was an adviser and a consultant with 4-H for 45 years.

In March of this year, he was inducted into the Ohio State 4-H Hall of Fame, which was a huge honor for him because of his love of 4-H and the Lorain County Fair.

Vic leaves behind his devoted wife, Ruth (Cover) of 65 years; three wonderful daughters, Pamela Hyer (William), Vicki Holcomb (Hiram Wesley) and Pattie Grieve (Joe); seven grandchildren, Amy, Erica, Stephanie, Jennifer, Ryan, Katie and Patrick; and 10 great-grandchildren. Vic also leaves behind a sister, Marilyn, who lives in California.

Services will be Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, for the immediate family only due to COVID-19, but in your absence, we encourage you to leave a message on the Laubenthal Funeral Home website so that your presence is felt during this difficult time and in weeks ahead. The family appreciates your understanding during this very difficult time. We will, however, have a celebration of life at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the LaGrange United Methodist Church, 105 W. Main St., LaGrange, Ohio 44050 or to the Lorain County 4-H Endowment Fund in Elyria, Ohio – Designate Fund #604280.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Laubenthal Mercado Funeral Home, 38475 Chestnut Ridge Road, Elyria, Ohio 44035.

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