THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. - Ralph Long, 76, formerly of Southeast Missouri, died Dec. 30, 2003, at the Northwest Medical Center in Thief River.
Born Sept. 13, 1927, in Thief River Falls, son of the late William Ward and Melvina "Billie" Comstock Long, he served with the U.S. Navy from 1944-46 and attended the University of North Dakota.
Before retiring, his 43 years of work in newspaper management took him over the majority of the central section of the United States, including the Sikeston (Mo.) Standard. He also owned a golf driving range, manufactured television towers and owned and operated a Mississippi River marina. He also provided services for the Girl Scouts, United Fund, was a member of the Clinton Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the International Circulation Managers Association, Daily Press Association, VFW Post 2793 in Thief River Falls, where he was also an Ombudsman volunteer and was also a member of Disabled American Veterans, Elks, Kiwanis, Jaycees, Gyro International and Lions Club.
In 1946, at Fertile, he married Lucille Minnette. He and Joyce Mary Schoner were married in June 1954 in Valparaiso, Ind., and she survives of Minocqua, Wis.
Other survivors include: one son and daughter-in-law, Dr. William and Judy Habedank of Red Wing; one daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Charles Williams of Palm Desert, Calif.; and two grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by one brother, Harry Long.
A memorial funeral Mass is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Bernard's Catholic Church with the Rev. Tim McGee will officiate. Military rites will be provided by Thief River Falls American Legion Ecklund-Holmstrom Post 117 and VFW Post 2793.
Johnson-Green Funeral Service of Thief River Falls is in charge of arrangements.