Robert E. “Bob” Long, 79 of Granite City passed away on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis surrounded by his family.
He was born on Oct. 27, 1935, in St. Louis.
Bob was a longtime mechanical engineer for GSI and Buckeye Steel, designing rail car undercarriages which are still in use today. He was a member of St. John United Church of Christ in Granite City and was a huge sports fan, watching the St. Louis Cardinals and the Rams. Robert was instrumental in the development of girls’ soccer in the Metro East and coached many teams around the Granite City area. In his free time he enjoyed the outdoors, where he went camping, boating and hunting. But most of all he loved to spend time with his family. He will be remembered for his kind heart and all the special times he shared with his family and friends.
He is survived by and will be missed by his wife of nearly 59 years, Shirley (O’Neil) Long, whom he married on March 24, 1956; his mom, Mary V. (Montgomery) Long; daughters, Brenda K. and (Steve) Sander of New Douglas, Kathleen and (John) Ritchie of Granite City, Dina and (Richard “Terry”) Burch of Granite City; son, Daniel and (Melinda) Long of New Douglas; 11 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Robert was preceded in death by his dad, Bransford E. Long.
In celebration of his life, friends may call from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, with a service at 7 p.m. with Pastor Karla Frost officiating at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. Memorials are suggested to St. John United Church of Christ or Shriner’s Hospital for Children.