Gene Long, 77, passed away at his home in Casper, WY, on November 25, 2022, following many months of heart issues.
He was born in Milliken, CO, the 9th born child to Walter Cleveland and Flora Pearl (Robertson) Long. In 1952, the family relocated to Noel, MO, where he resided until age 17, when he moved to Wyoming to be near his brothers.
First and foremost, Gene was a Child of God, believing in his Savior Jesus Christ. Gene served God in many ways, inside and outside his home church, Trinity Lutheran Church. He especially enjoyed the years he was able to sing in the choir and/or play guitar to glorify God. He and his brothers and sisters sang before the congregation in his childhood church in Missouri. He was gifted with musical talent. At pre-school age, Gene was given a ukulele for Christmas. He began teaching himself to play. He became an accomplished guitarist in the style of Les Paul and Chet Atkins. He played lead guitar and sang publicly in various bands beginning as a teenager in Missouri and later in the Casper area. He also had a gift of conversation, had a wonderful sense of humor, and enjoyed many visits with others over a broad range of subjects. He was scholarly, loved to read and constantly learning, especially history of the nation, the world and Biblical history. Historical dates and numbers were easy for him to recall.
Gene met Deanna Bauer in Casper in 1966, and the two recently celebrated 55 years of marriage, all spent in Casper. During their years of marriage, they were blessed with their son Vaughn and daughter Natalie.
He retired from a sales position in 2007. That following year, he began a building project of a mountain home, built with love, where many years of memories have been made with family and friends. Seeing his beloved grandchildren enjoy being together at the cabin was worth every minute of construction.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents; brothers: Desmond, Roland, Ralph, Donald, Odell, and Walter. He is survived by his wife Deanna, son Vaughn (Kristie), daughter Natalie Boehnke (Scott); grandchildren Alex Long (Shelby), Myah Rivera (Julian), Jaxon Boehnke, and Bridger Boehnke; brother Joel (Wanda) (Ohio), sister Jowana Gibson (Washington), and sister Patricia
Kent (Scott) (Wyoming).
A Christian funeral service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, at 1240 S. Missouri in Casper, WY.,10:00 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022.
Gene would be so appreciative if anyone desires to contribute a memorial gift to Mount Hope Lutheran School; 2300 Hickory St., Casper, WY 82601.