Robert Henry “Bob” Long, 87 of Big Spring died on Monday, Jan. 2, 2012. Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, 2011, at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel with Chaplain Cherise Felty officiating. Internment will follow at Trinity Memorial Park with military honors.
Robert was born Aug. 16, 1924, in Luther, Texas, the first child of Ben and Jimmie Long and lived most of his life in Howard County. He signed up for the United States Navy the day after the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941. He was actually stationed in the Hawaiian Islands until he was deployed on the USS Hinsdale. Injuries received after a kamikaze plane hit the Hinsdale led to his status as a disabled veteran. When World War II ended, he returned to Big Spring and worked for 25 years as an electrician and meterman for Cosden Oil Refinery, retiring as the foreman of the meter shop. He married Alma Joy Lawson and had two children.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Alma, his brother, Jim and Alma’s brother, A.D. Lawson.
Bob is survived by his children, Russell Long and wife Jo-Anne of Charlotte, N.C, and Russlene Waukechon and husband John of Round Rock. He had five grandchildren who also survive him: Nicholas Long and wife Sheila of Columbus, Ohio, Matthew Long and wife Julie of Davidson, N.C., and Benjamin, Kateri, and Joseph Waukechon of Round Rock. He was thrilled to be a great-grandfather to Nick and Shiela’s son, Alexander. Bob is also survived by his sister, Joy Henderson and husband Buddy of Donna; Alma’s sister, Helen Adams and husband Edward of Pearland and his brother Jim’s wife, Bonnie Long of Big Spring.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made in Bob’s honor to Home Hospice of Big Spring, 111 E. 7th St., Suite A, Big Spring TX 79720.
The family wishes to thank the Home Hospice and Marcy House staffs for their loving care of Bob and Alma during their last years.
Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring. Online condolences can be made at: www.npwelch.com