William E. Long

Born: Fri., Sep. 19, 1941
Died: Thu., May 7, 2020

Graveside Service

2:00 PM Wed., May 13, 2020
Location: Fountain Park Cemetery

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William E. “Bill” Long, 78, passed away on Thursday, May 7, 2020, at Reid Hospital in Richmond.  He was born on September 19, 1941, in Winchester, to William and Lila Grace (McElroy) Long.

Bill was a graduate of Lee Driver High School.  He retired as a mould maker from Overmyer mould and also owned and operated B&E Bike Shop in Winchester.  Bill was a 50 year member of the Moose Lodge, where he served as secretary of the Kendallville Moose and Past Governor of the Winchester Moose.  He enjoyed fishing, buying bikes, and spending time in Florida.

Bill is survived by his wife, Wanda Long of Winchester; his children, Chris (Janice) Long of Westfield, IN, Curt (Andrea) Long of Ridgeville, Lori (Eric) Cross of Winchester, Tim (Mary Jo) Thomas, and Dean (Dawn) Thomas; grandchildren, Jenna (Matt) Long, Amanda (Trey) Spurgeon, Levi (Lindsey) Cross, Brandi (fiancé Brennen Brees) Cross, Samantha (Ryan) Grace, and Savanah Thomas; 6 great grandchildren; siblings, Evelyn (special friend Otis Hibbard) Philebaum of Winchester, Danny (Barb) Long of Union City, OH, and Diane (Richard) Manson of Winchester; and several nieces and nephews. 

          Bill is preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Lloyd Long and Robert Bowers.

          A public graveside service for Bill will be at 2:00 p.m., on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, at the Fountain Park Cemetery in Winchester, with Pastor Randol Easton officiating.  Memorials in Bill’s name may be made to Mooseheart, 155 S International Drive, Mooseheart, IL 60539

Walker Funeral Home in Winchester is entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.walkerswinchester.com.


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Joe and C arol Wiggans
   Posted Sat May 09, 2020
So very sorry to hear off you lost . Bill was a good man and a great friend . Bill will be missed

Ron Anderson
   Posted Sat May 09, 2020
Just a note to the entire family to express our thoughts and prayers to all of you. Bill was always friendly and helpful to me and my family. He will be missed by many. God BlessYou and God Bless Bill.

Anna Ludy
   Posted Sun May 10, 2020
So sorry for your loss, Bill was always so nice to me he will be missed. Wanda if you need anything please let me know.

Eugene and Marcia Neeley and Family
   Posted Sun May 10, 2020
Our deepest sympathy to the family. Bill was a great man . We have so many fond memories of time spent together over the years, he will be missed. Love to all, The Eugene Neeley family

Gene and Velia Mayfield
   Posted Mon May 11, 2020
Our deepest condolences from Gene and Velia Mayfield

Edward and Sandra Hayes
   Posted Mon May 11, 2020
Very sorry to hear about Bill. He was a great friend. We enjoyed spending the winters in FL. Still think about the yard sales that we went to on Friday and Saturday. I still have lots of things I bought while with Bill. He and I were "professional" eaters too. I believe he won that contest easily though.
Our sympathy is with you Wanda, and the whole family.

Dale and Joy Arnett
   Posted Tue May 12, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Tom Ferkinhoff
   Posted Wed May 13, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. I will never forget how he was one of the first people to welcome me when I came to Winchester and I always looked forward to my conversations with Bill.