Russell Winfield Long Jr., 90

June 12, 2009

MARCH 6, 1919-JUNE 11, 2009

Russell Winfield Long Jr., 90, of Hagerstown, Md., passed away Thursday, June 11, 2009, in Sykesville, Md.

Born March 6, 1919, in Charleston, W.Va., he was the son of the late Russell W. Long Sr. and Gladys Hurt Long.

He was the widower of Mary (Nigh) Long, who passed away in 1994.

Mr. Long was a 1936 graduate of Hagerstown High School and later received a bachelor of science degree in accounting, with honors, from the University of Baltimore in 1971.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1941 to 1946, leaving the service as a first lieutenant. He was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service, the European African Middle Eastern Service medal, the American Defense medal and the World War II Victory medal. He was authorized Bronze Service Stars for the Rome-Arno, Southern France, Rhineland, and Central Europe campaigns.


Mr. Long initially worked for American Fruit Growers Inc. from 1937 to 1950, leaving there in 1950 to work for the Western Maryland Railway in Baltimore. He retired in 1983 after 33 years of service from CSX Corp. as director of rail audits, Chessie System Railroads.

He was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Hagerstown.

He was a past director and life member of the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants, as well as an honorary life member of the American Institute of CPAs. He was a certified internal auditor, a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors and a past president of the Baltimore Chapter.

He was a member of the Association of American Railroads.

He was a member of Shriners Boumi Temple, Beauseant Commandery No. 8 Knights Templar, Jerusalem Council No. 2, Royal Arch Chapter 40 and Pickering Lodge 146, all of Baltimore. He was a member of Elks Lodge 378, American Legion Post 42, Western Maryland Old Timers Club and Veterans of Anzio Beachhead World War II.

He is survived by one son, Michael W. Long and wife, Sharon, of Crossville, Tenn.; two granddaughters, Catherine M. Warfield of Finksburg, Md., and Malynda A. Beacham of Westminster, Md.; five great-grandchildren, Emily, Mallory, Nathan, Hannah and Dean, two nieces, Rose Barger and Cynthia Milsap, and two nephews, T. Anthony Gordon and John Gordon, all of Hagerstown.

Funeral services will be Saturday, June 13, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home, 305 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown. The Rev. Quentin J. Fleming will officiate. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown, where military honors will be accorded by Morris Frock American Legion Post 42, Hagerstown.

Visitation will be Saturday, June 13, 2009, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 1037 Haven Road, Hagerstown, MD 21742.

Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home, Bryan K. Kenworthy P.A., 305 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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