URBANA:  Wayne A. Long, 76 died Thursday, September 13, 2018 at the Vinton Lutheran Home following a battle with cancer.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 AM, Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Urbana with Father Jim Brokman as Celebrant.  Interment will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery near Urbana.  A Knights of Columbus Rosary will be held at 3:30 PM on Monday, September 17, 2018 also at the church, following the Rosary, visitation will be held from 4 – 7 PM.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Hospice of Mercy, St. Mary’s Catholic Church – Urbana or a charity of the donors choosing.  Phillips Funeral Home – Vinton is in charge of arrangements and online condolences may be left at:  www.phillipsfuneralhomes.com.

Wayne was born February 18, 1942 in Urbana to Clark and Maxine (Lindsay) Long.  He graduated from Washington High School in Vinton.  Wayne was united in marriage to Diane Clark on November 22, 1962 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Urbana.  Wayne was a parishioner at St. Mary’s in Urbana where he ushered and was a member of the Knights of Columbus and past parish board member.  Farming his family Century plus farm was his life and he loved it.  Throughout the years he was involved in 4H, FFA and served on the Benton County Fair Board.  He was a friendly guy with a dry sense of humor and he never met a person he could not visit with.  Wayne thought the world of his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of almost 56 years, Diane; their children, Jeff Long and Nicole (Rod) Wheeler; their grandchildren, Jason (Mindi) Long, Jenae Long and Mason and Elizabeth Wheeler.  He is also survived by his sisters, Mildred Kisling and Helen (Dale) Robertson; his brother, Jim (Martha) Long; his sister-in-law, Lonna (Rick) Gordon; brothers-in-law, Duane and Randy Clark and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his mother and father-in-law, Floyd and Darlene Clark; brothers-in-law, John Riffey and Fred Kisling and his sister-in-law, Liz Clark.