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22 April, 1916 11 April, 1990

From the Idaho Press-Tribune

April, 1990
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo

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John Long

   Funeral services for John B. Long, 73, of Nampa, who died Wednesday, April 11, 1990, at a Boise hospital, will be conducted at l p.m. Saturday, April 14, at the Nampa Canyon Building, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 143 C. Canyon, with shop Max Everton of the Nampa 4 Ward, LDS Church, officiating.  Interment will follow in the Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Caldwell.  Services are under the direction of the Alsip Funeral Chapel.
    Mr. Long was born April 22, 1916, at Cove, Utah.  He was reared and educated at Franklin, Idaho, where he graduated from high school.  He later moved to Portland, Ore, where he began working for Montgomery Ward store.  He served in the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division as a paratrooper during World War II.  Following his honorable discharge he returned to Portland where he continued working for Montgomery Ward and owned and operated Johnny's Garden Miniature Golf Course.  In March 1967 he moved to Nampa to continue to work for Montgomery Ward.  He married Valeta H. Hobb s May 27, 1967, in Nampa and their marriage was solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple in 1970.  Together they operated the Montgomery Ward Catalog stores in Nampa and Caldwell until 1975.  John was a very active member of the Nampa 4th Ward, LDS Church where he served as a high priest.  He was a lifetime member of the Elks Lodge and a past exalted ruler and member of the Nampa Elks Lodge No. 1389.
    John is survived by his wife, Valeta H. Long, Nampa; a son, John B. Long Jr., Portland, Ore.; two daughters and a son-in-law, Charlotte Nornes, Portland, and Colene and Earl Kirk, Silverton, Ore.; two stepsons and their wives, Kayle and Marlene Hobbs and George Nicholas and Janet Hobbs, all of Nampa; three stepdaughters and their husbands, Charlene and Gary Johnson, Boise, Clans Lee and Leon McElroy, Dickson, Calif., and Tamra and Ray Giles, Medford, Ore.; three sisters, Joyce Searle and Ella Folson, both of Ogden, Utah, and Elda Beckstead, Preston, Idaho; 31 grandchildren; and 31 great-grandchildren.
    He was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.
    Friends may call at the Alsip Funeral Chapel today from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m., and Saturday from 8 to 11 a.m.
    The family will .greet friends at the Alsip Funeral Chapel today from 7 to 9 p.m. and at the church Saturday from noon to 12:45 p.m.
    The family suggests memorials be made to the Alzheimer's Disease, Treasure Valley Affiliate, 4620 Overland Road, Suite #211, Boise 83705; or flowers may be sent.

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