Paul A. Long
Paul A. Long, 80, of 12 N. Smith St., Dellroy, Ohio, died Wednesday afternoon, March 16, 2011 in Aultman Hospital following a short illness with cancer.
Paul retired in 2002 as an independent truck driver. Following retirement, he drove for Lumber Services at Carrollton for about five years.
He was born February 23, 1931, in Center Township in Carroll County, Ohio and was the son of the late Oscar R. and Wenoma Van Dyke Long. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, three sisters, and a son-in-law, Jim Baker, Sr.
He is survived by his wife, Donna Jean (King) Long whom he married May 7, 1955; three daughters, Mrs. Chuck (Paula J.) Moyer of Canonsburg, PA, Pamela J. Baker of Woodsfield, O., and Mrs. Todd (Marci) Blair of Seville, OH; a grandson, Jimmy Baker, Jr. and a granddaughter, Carly Baker, both of Woodsfield; a niece Mrs. Glen (Chris) Ward of Burley, Idaho, and a brother-and-sister-in-law, Glenn and Beth King of Dellroy.
Paul was a civic-minded man who served his community proudly. His hometown of Dellroy affiliations include being a member of the Dellroy Community Volunteer Fire Department for many years, a member of the Dellroy International Order of Odd Fellows #706, and the Dellroy American Legion Post #475 for 57 years. He served 20 years as the Mayor of Dellroy, and also was a former member and past- president of village council. He was the founder of the Dellroy Community Hall which began construction in 1995. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served during the Korean conflict and served on the U.S.S. Gordius.
He was also a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters AFL-CIO, a 32nd degree Mason, a member of the Tadmor Shrine of Akron, Scottish Rite Valley of Canton, the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Ohio, Minerva Chapter #123 in Carrollton, and the Carrollton Lodge #124 F.& A.M of Carrollton. He was also a member of the Carroll County Fair Board.
In his leisure time, he was an avid fan of stock car racing at Canton, Midvale, and St. Clairsville, a fan of NASCAR having been to Daytona and Charlotte, and he liked to drive demolition cars. Paul loved cars and trucks, especially Fords, and mechanical work of any kind. He was highly depended upon for his mechanical knowledge. His garage, which was often a gathering place, was where he could be found working on anything with four wheels and an engine. He would also pass the time chopping wood to provide warmth for his garage. Paul treated all those around him with equity and honesty and he was known for his great sense of humor and being somewhat of a practical joker. With those qualities, he provided advice to troubled kids and many began to refer to him fondly as "Dad".
Funeral services will be conducted 3 p.m. Saturday, March 19, in the Dellroy Community Hall with Pastor Frank Lehosky officiating.
Calling hours will be held Saturday from noon until time of services at 3 p.m. Prior to calling hours, Masonic services will be held at 11 a.m. followed by Odd Fellow's services at 11:30.
The Carroll County combined units of the D.A.V., V.F.W., and the American Legion will provide military honors. Paul's ashes will be interred at a later date in Westview Cemetery at Carrollton.
The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Dellroy Community Hall, 2 West Main St, Dellroy, Ohio 44620. The family would like to invite attendees for a luncheon at the hall following the services. Baxter-Gardner Funeral Home at Sherrodsville is handling the arrangements. To leave an online condolence, please visit the funeral home website.