Vern Long, 75, of Vesta, formerly of Park Rapids, died at his home in Vesta, Friday, February 12, 2010.


 

 


Vern Long, 75, of Vesta, formerly of Park Rapids, died at his home in Vesta, Friday, February 12, 2010.

 Funeral services were held  Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Vesta. 

Online condolences may be sent to sunsetfuneralandcremation.com. Arrangements are being handled by the Sunset Funeral and Cremation Association of Echo and Wabasso.

Vern Clyde Long was born January 13, 1935 in Argo Township, Hubbard County, Minnesota to Clair and Agnes (Breuning) Long. 

He grew up in the Park Rapids area and attended Argo Country School. He was raised on a farm in Argo Township and during the winter worked on the farm and in the woods cutting logs and pulp wood. 

As he got older he started working in saw mills around the Park Rapids area. Vern entered the U.S. Army in 1953, serving until 1961 spending most of his time overseas. On his return from service he started working for Pritchetts Saw Mill in Clover Township. He moved to Minneapolis in 1965 and was united in marriage to Hope A. Martin in Park Rapids. They lived in Minneapolis until returning to Park Rapids in 1972, where he worked at various jobs. Hope Long died in August of 1988 and on November 28, 1998 Vern was united in marriage to Darlene Gladitsch in St. John’s Lutheran Church in Vesta. 

They have lived in Vesta since. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Park Rapids and Vesta, belonged to the Eagles Club and Antique Tractor Club in Park Rapids and belonged to the American Legion in Sebeka and Marshall. Vern enjoyed lawn work, gardening, doing puzzles, his model trains and his antique tractors.

He also helped rebuild a saw mill in the Park Rapids area a number of years ago.

Vern C. Long died on Friday, February 12, 2010 at his home in Vesta at the age of 75 years, one month and three days. 

He is survived by his wife Darlene Gladitsch of Vesta, step-children; Steven (Jean) Gladitsch of Vesta and Diane (Lenny) Lanoye of Marshall, Mike and Tanya Blanchette and Abby, his brothers Duane (Dorothy) Long and Marvin (Dorothy) Long both of Park Rapids, six grandchildren; Lisa (Gary) Zvorak, Tim Gladitsch, Mike Gladitsch, Modesty (Nikko) Guerrero, Megan (Dave) Konold and Andy Lanoye and four great grandchildren; Jordan, Landon and Jada Guerrero and Layla Konold. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife Hope.