TENNERTON— Fred Eugene Long, 87, of Buckhannon, passed away Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg. He was born September 1, 1925, in Upshur County, the youngest son of the late Harvey H. and Cemantha Hyre Long. He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years Marguerite Ogden. He and his childhood sweetheart were married in Oakland, Md. on June 24, 1950. He is the last member of his immediate family.
He is survived by many nieces and nephews and one sister-in-law, Catherine Reger. He was preceded in death by six sisters: Blanche Fleming, Xenna Carpenter, Pearl Helmick, Vera Smallridge, Ruth Criss and Betty Donaldson; and four brothers: Harry, Glen, Cecil, and French Long.
Mr. Long was a veteran of World War II having served in the U.S. Army in New Guinea. He was a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College with a degree in chemistry. He was a research chemist with General Tire in Akron, Ohio for 14 years and was the sole inventor of U.S. Patent No. 3,655,421. He retired from the State of Ohio after 12 years as a supervisor in the division of Air Pollution Control. He was a firm believer in hard work and honesty, and truly believed that local and world problems could be solved with an overdose of common sense.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, from 6-8 p.m., at the Heavner and Cutright Funeral Chapel. The funeral will be held on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, at 10 a.m., at the funeral chapel with the Rev. Robert F. Heavner officiating. Interment will follow in the Rock Cave Cemetery. Online condolences may be extended to the Long family at www.heavnerandcutright.com The Long family has entrusted the Heavner & Cutright Funeral Chapel with the arrangements.