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William H. “Bill” Long

Birth Date: August 10, 1934
Death Date: November 30, 2018

Decatur – WIlliam H. “Bill” Long, 84, of Decatur, IL, passed away Friday, November 30, 2018, at his home. 

Bill was born August 10, 1934, in Taylorville, IL, the son of Charles Franklin, Sr. and Hazel Verna (Price) Long. A U.S. Air Force veteran and member of Ss. James and Patrick Parish, Bill worked as a machinist at Caterpillar. He married Charlotte Anne Helmers, his one and only love, on September 13, 1952 in Taylorville, IL, and they shared 64 wonderful years together.  

Bill loved playing guitar and singing country songs. He spent years enjoying camping, wood working and horses, but especially enjoyed being Papa. 

Surviving are his children: William “Bill” Long of Dawsonville, GA, Suzanne (Chuck) Phegley of Clayton, N.C., Mona (Jerry) Jones of Altamont, John Long of Dawsonville, GA, Theresa Dial of Decatur, Randy Long of Cottageville, S.C., Tanya (James) Tucker of Richmond Hill, GA, and Christopher (Rachel) Long of Decatur; nineteen grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren; brothers: John R. (Beverly) Long of Stafford, VA, and Charles F. Long, Jr, of Ft. Worth, TX; sister-in-law Rose Marchand of Carville, LA; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; wife; grandson, Jacob William Long; three brothers and two sisters.  

Visitation will be Tuesday, December 4, 2018, from 5 to 7 PM, at the Moran & Goebel Funeral Home; vigil prayer service will be at 4:30 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 AM, Wednesday, December 5, 2018, at the St. James Catholic Church. Burial with military rites will follow in Harristown Twp. Cemetery. 

The family of William H. “Bill” Long is being served by the Moran & Goebel Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2801 N. Monroe St., Decatur, IL 62526. Memories and condolences may be shared at 


December 4, 2018
5:00 pm
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Moran & Goebel Funeral Home
2801 North Monroe Street Decatur, IL 62526
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Vigil Prayer Service
December 4, 2018
4:30 pm
Moran & Goebel Funeral Home
2801 North Monroe Street Decatur, IL 62526
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Mass of Christian Burial
December 5, 2018
10:00 am
St. James Catholic Church
725 E. Clay Street Decatur, IL 62521
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December 5, 2018
Harristown Township Cemetery
Harristown, IL
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  1. We were so sad to read of Bill’s passing. We only knew him through church on Sunday’s. He usually sat behind us. He was such a kind and gentle man. He will be solely missed by all who knew him. You have our deepest sympathy. Will keep the family in our prayers. May he rest in Peace.

    We are in Arizona for the winter, but will keep all in our prayers.

  2. William (Bill) Long

    Written by: Carol Kerr

    May you Rest In Peace my dear Brother, you will be missed forever.
    Chuck Long

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