Aug. 25, 1945 –– April 25, 2018
Robert Gordon Long, also known to family and friends as “RL,” 72, passed away at home in Lostine.
He was born in Pendleton to Stanton and Dorothy (France) Long. He grew up in the Wallowa Valley, attending Wallowa High School and graduated with the class of ‘63.
During his high school career, he enjoyed sports, especially basketball, where he played in the state tournament and was selected as a first-team all-state player.
After graduation, RL joined the U.S. Army, spending two years in the service. He spent most of his life in the logging industry and co-owned SRS Timber with his brother Tom for more than 20 years.
He loved and studied the forest, constantly learning about the world around him. He had a passion for rock collecting and spent a lot of time obtaining, cutting and polishing rocks in his shop.
Robert is survived by his daughter Sandy Bloodgood; brothers Tom (Carol) Long of Wallowa and Doug Long of Lostine. He leaves four grandchildren: Asia (Parker) Matthews, Wade Bloodgood, Emma Bloodgood and Willow Rogers as well as one great grandchild Gwen Matthews.
A graveside service will be 11 a.m. Aug. 11 at Lostine Cemetery, followed by a potluck gathering for remembrances at Wallowa Senior Center, 204 2nd Street, Wallowa.