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Omer M. Long Sr., 87

January 14, 2009

MARCH 8, 1921-JAN. 12, 2009

Omer McClellan Long Sr., 87, of Hagerstown, Md., departed this life on Monday, Jan. 12, 2009, at Washington County Hospital.

Mr. Long was born March 8, 1921, in Williamsport, Md., the son of the late Brown C. and Reba S. Long.

He graduated from Williamsport High School, class of 1939, attended Bridgewater College and earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from George Washington University.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and worked as a mechanical engineer for various corporations, including Fairchild and Pangborn. He held numerous patents and retired in 1986 from the U.S. Postal Service as general manager of research and development.


After retirement, Mr. Long launched a second career as a volunteer.

He worked at Fahrney-Keedy Home and Village, where he was honored for more than 20 years of service. He maintained the Manor Cemetery and was named a Kentucky Colonel for his dedication. He enjoyed repairing antique clocks for family and friends.

He was known for his work as a genealogist, having researched and published books on the Long, Slifer and Fahrney families. He had completed the manuscript for a history of the Fahrney-Keedy Home and was instrumental in preserving Ole Dr. Peter Fahrney's office, which will eventually be opened to the public at the Washington County Rural Heritage Museum. He was honored in 2008 by the Board of County Commissioners of Washington County with the John Frye Historical Preservation Award.

A lifelong member of the Church of the Brethren, he served in many capacities at the Frederick (Md.) City Church. Since returning to Hagerstown, he was a member and worshipped with the Downsville congregation.

Mr. Long is survived by his wife of 62 years, the former Gwendolyn Honsaker; one daughter, Karol Hottle and her husband, Ron, of Winchester, Va.; one son, Omer McClellan Long Jr. and his wife, Margie, of Mount Crawford, Va.; five grandchildren, Christopher Hottle, Curtis Long, Nathan Hottle, Meredith Garber and Elizabeth Hottle; three great-grandchildren, Autumn, Audrey and Davis Hottle; two brothers, Raymond Long and Lawrence Long; one sister, Blanche Litten; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Ruth Boppe.

Respecting his wishes, there will be no funeral service.

The family will receive friends at home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Fahrney-Keedy Home, Benevolence Fund, 8507 Mapleville Road, Boonsboro, MD 21713 or Downsville Church of the Brethren, 8228 Dam No. 4 Road, Williamsport, MD 21795.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown.

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