Darrel “Ed” Long, 79, of Lorimor died Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, at his home in Lorimor. Private family graveside services will be held 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, at Lorimor Cemetery in Lorimor. Chaplin Mike Albert will officiate. Visitation with family receiving friends will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Powers Funeral Home in Afton.
Due to COVID-19 concerns social distancing and masks will be required and the service will be livestreamed on Powers Funeral Home’s Facebook page. Memorials are to the Greater Regional Cancer Center. Online condolences can be made at www.powersfh.com.
Darrel Edwin Long was born Feb. 19, 1941, in Shannon City, to Sydney Allen Long and Bernice Elizabeth (Bastow). He graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1960 and attended one semester at Iowa State University.
On August 26, 1962 he was united in marriage to Linda K. Petty in Creston. They settled in rural Creston where he worked as a farmhand for Holton McKinney, moving to town in 1965. He also worked for many years shearing sheep in the area. He then began working at Wellmans Dynamics and served 35 years there in the maintenance department. After his divorce, he settled in Lorimor.
On Aug. 8, 1988, he was united in marriage to Margaret Ann Tucker in Tingley. Margaret passed away in 2019. Ed was a former member of the Creston Elks Lodge, Creston Eagles Lodge and the Lorimor Lions Club. In his spare time, Darrel loved to golf, bowl, garden, fish, do woodworking and beekeeping.
Survivors include his children: Yolanda (Tom Shields) of Des Moines, Merlyn Tucker of Clinton, Brian Long of Des Moines, Candace (Alex) Ripperger of Afton and Gailla (Jeff) McDonald of Norwalk; one brother Charles (Helen) Long of Mount Ayr; two sisters: Colleen (Wayne) Pickens of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Rebecca Long of Des Moines; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Margaret Long in 2019.