Roger Long

Roger Long, age 88, of Yankton, South Dakota, died surrounded by his family at his home on Sunday, August 30, 2020.

A public gathering of family and friends will be from 4:00 to 6:00 PM, on Thursday, September 3, 2020 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton.  Inurnment will be at the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton with military honors provided by the Ernest-Bowyer VFW Post No. 791 and US Army National Guard Funeral Honors.

Urnbearer is Rob Christensen and honorary urnbearer is Mike Mitchell.

Roger was born May 28, 1932 in Viborg, South Dakota to Tony and Marion (Sorensen) Long.  He grew up in Viborg and graduated from Viborg High School in 1950.  In 1951, Roger enlisted in the United States Army where he served in the 92nd Field Artillery Division, The Red Devils, during the Korean War.  During his time of service, he received three Bronze Stars, including one with valor, and was the youngest Master Sargent in his battalion.  On October 1, 1953, Roger married Janis J. Benson in Viborg.  After his honorable discharge on February 7, 1954, they moved to Yankton.  In 1967, Roger and Janis started Long’s Propane.  Roger officially retired at age 65 but stayed active in the business for 50 years until 2017.  Roger loved spending time at the north plant, affectionately known as Green Acres.  There he enjoyed working in his garden, planting many trees, and caring for the property.  Roger was a member of the VFW Post in Yankton, Disabled American Veterans, Elks Lodge, Masonic Temple, and was past president of the El Riad Shrine of South Dakota.  Roger enjoyed golfing and snowmobiling when he was younger.  He enjoyed watching the Kansas City Chiefs and traveling with his wife and family.  Roger loved his coffee group and visiting with his friends.  Above all, he loved his family and treasured his grandchildren.

Roger is survived by three daughters: Kathleen Long of Sioux Falls, SD, Julie (Mark) Nielsen of Yankton, and Jane (Dan) Grant of Yankton; nine grandchildren: Jeremy (Misty) Kirschenman, Matthew Kirschenman, Noah Burns and fiancé, Dr. Emily Kimball, Adam Nielsen, Amanda (Joshua) Christie, Alexis Grant and fiancé, Jon Riibe, Dylan Grant, Gabe Grant, and Celeste Smith; eight great grandchildren: Trinity, Tory, Levi, Lyla, William, Emma, Mark, and Abigail; and one sister, Ardyce Weeg of Litchfield Park, AZ.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Janis on December 14, 2015; two grandchildren, Brian Nielsen and Caitlin Kirschenman; brother, Ronald Long; and best friend, Harley Christensen.

The family would prefer memorials to the Yankton Special Olympics or Heartland Humane Society.


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10 response to "Roger Long"

  1. By: Tom Graham Posted: September 1, 2020

    Kathy,Julie, and Jane. My heart was saddened by the news of your dad’s passing. As a boy, Roger would come out and play catch or throw a football around in the street. I remember when he taught Kathy and Julie how to ride their bikes. As I got older, he would “time me” sprinting down the street. I recall my own dad and Roger drinking a Hamm’s beer out in the street leaning against a car until Jeff Scott came home in his State Patrol vehicle . That was funny to me then…..Playing high school football later as a teen, I would see Roger and Bob Stewart along the visitors side fence where I often heard from one or both of them. I think of the family piling into the Thunderbird to go somewhere and wanting to jump into the car to be around your dad! I will miss him and remember his smile. May God bless you and keep you close always. ❤
    Love and hugs to you all,

  2. By: Howard Long Posted: September 1, 2020

    so sorry, much Love to all !

  3. By: Mike Mitchell Posted: September 1, 2020

    To all of Roger Long family and friends, we have all suffered a great loss of this fine man .I have know Roger for 47 years and I can say this man was a very positive person in all the time we had spent together ! I will feel this loss for the rest of my life ! Good by my friend, I love you .

  4. By: Mike Mitchell Posted: September 1, 2020

    To all of Roger Long’s family and friends, We have all suffered a great loss of this fine man .I have known Roger for 47 years and I can say this man was a very positive person in all the time we had spent together ! I will feel this loss for the rest of my life ! Good bye my friend, I love you .

  5. By: Gregg Cahoy Posted: September 2, 2020

    My deepest sympathy to Roger’s family. It’s hard to believe that for 30+ years he was my propane guy. All the times I would be at his office, he would always take a little time to shoot the breeze. He always seemed so compassionate, caring and interested in a good conversation. May God bless you all.

  6. By: John Blackburn Posted: September 2, 2020

    Roger was a fine fellow. I am sorry to learn he has passed. My best to you, his family. John Blackburn

  7. By: Steve Long Posted: September 2, 2020

    Uncle Roger was always special. He would laugh, sing, tell jokes and make the whole family feel good.
    My heart goes out to all his family and we will truly miss him.

  8. By: Cindy and Curt Kirschenman Posted: September 2, 2020

    Kathy, Julie, Jane and family, so sorry for your loss. Hope you can find peace knowing he is now with his loved ones. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We will keep you in our prayers. Cindy and Curt Kirschenman

  9. By: Carrie and Mike Kleinschmit Posted: September 3, 2020

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you .We met Roger over 40 years ago and what a great man he was to us. (him and the rest of his family) .My 2 little sisters and I left home for the 1st time and moved into a small trailer right across from Longs propane. (all young teenagers and very naive) The trailer was heated with a very small propane tank.(resembling a small helium cylinder.) I am not sure if we ever checked to see how much propane we had. We were truly being looked after by this entire family. I remember many times they would come over well after dark to check on us as snow would start to fly. At the time we may not have realized how lucky we were to have them in our lives but as we grew up, we did and often talked about them with our hubbys, the Kleinschmit boys. (men). We are forever grateful to this wonderful man and his family. May he rest in peace. Mike and Carrie Kleinschmit

  10. By: Mary Frick Posted: September 4, 2020

    So very sorry to hear of Roger’s passing. The Longs and Maliks had many good times and great memories

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