Michael E. “Mike” Long passed away at 4:27 p.m. on Thursday, June 6, 2019, at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.
Mike was born in Chicago, Illinois on November 7, 1923. He married Lois “Jean” Reason in 1953, and Jean preceded him in death on May 26, 2005.
Mike graduated from Logansport High School in 1942 and joined the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He served in the Pacific with the 4th Marine Division and was in the Battle of Iwo Jima and witnessed the raising of the American flag on Mt. Suribachi on February 23, 1945
.After the war, he returned home and played for the 1948 State Champion Logansport Eagles baseball team, and also had a tryout for the New York Yankees.
In 1949, Mike joined the Logansport Police Department, eventually becoming police chief in 1967. Mike guarded Robert Kennedy on April 23, 1968 during a campaign stop in Logansport.
In 1974, he was elected Sheriff of Cass County, and after that he was a security guard at Wilson Foods until retiring in 1988.
Mike enjoyed watching sports, but especially Notre Dame Fighting Irish football. He also enjoyed vintage comedies on television. He loved music, especially the big bands and Frank Sinatra.
Surviving are a son, Brad Long, Logansport, and a daughter, Janet Cox (Gordon), Greenwood; three grandsons, Matt Cox, Carmel, Chris Cox, Greenwood, and Kyle Cox, Greenwood, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his mother, Kathryn Snyder, sister, Kay Warner, and brother, Jim Snyder.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 18, at All Saints Catholic Church.
Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, June 17th, and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday at Kroeger Funeral Home.
Interment with full military honors will be in Mount Hope Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Indiana Chapter of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation at MCSF.org/event/Indiana in memory of Mike Long.
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