John L. Long

July 12, 1938 - October 23, 2018

John L. Long of Cadillac passed away Tuesday morning, October 23, 2018 at his home. He was 80. He was born on July 12, 1938 in Cadillac to John R. & Jeanne L. (King) Long and they preceded him in death.

John was a graduate of Cadillac High School and went on to college for a short time. John was the owner of Cadillac Garage Door and Grand Traverse Garage Door for 26 years retiring in 2008. He had served on the Haring Township Board as Supervisor, Trustee and on the Board of Review. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, watching birds, gardening and collecting antique cars. John was a member of the Cherry Grove Church of the Nazarene in Cadillac.

On December 31, 1960 in Cadillac John married the former Donna Jean Patterson and she survives him along with their children: John Long of Oregon, Dan DeVries of Frankenmuth, Michigan, Jesse Raven of Cadillac, and Brian (Kelli) Long of Cadillac; 8 grandchildren: Ryan (Desirea) DeVries, Amber (Aaron) Mead, Pam Vines, Rachel Long, Nick DeVries, Ericka (Kris) Marcusse, Thane (Rachel) Long and Derek (Nicole) Long; 13 great grandchildren; 2 sisters: Patt Bennett of Clio, Michigan and Marilyn (Dave) Minor of Cadillac; as well as many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents John was preceded in death by a son, Duane S. Long in 2007, and his brother and sisters: Janell Burch, Elaine Rathbun, Jackie Dahlby, Jan Calkins and Gerald Long.

The family would like to thank Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital, Munson Medical Center in Traverse City and Munson Hospice for their kind and compassionate care.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, October 27, 2018 at the Cherry Grove Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Brian Farmer officiating. Burial will be at Lake City Cemetery. Friends may meet the family from 4-7 PM Friday at Peterson Funeral & Cremation Services in Cadillac. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Acoustic Improvement fund at Cherry Grove Church of the Nazarene. An online guestbook is available at

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Pamela Adele Long Vines - Oct 25th, 2018 1:19 pm

"and children, Madison Amelia Long, Dalylynn Alyssa Long, and Nathan Clayton Hill. I love you always and forever because no matter what we are family always and forever. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love, Always and Forever, Pamela"

Kelly Dreyer Compaan Door and Operator - Oct 25th, 2018 2:42 pm

"Brian and Kelli, You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. So sorry for you loss. Darrin and Kelly Dreyer"

Raymond and Paula Scott - Oct 25th, 2018 6:20 pm

"Sincere condolences for your loss of such a wonderful person. May God wrap his arms around you and give you peace. "

Glenda Robertson - Oct 26th, 2018 4:08 pm

"I was so sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts & prayers are with all of you. May he rest in peace with his son Duane."

Sue Popma - Nov 9th, 2018 11:06 am

"Jesse and Family, I wish you peace and comfort after the passing of your dad. He sounds like a great guy. In My Prayers, Sue Popma, Friend from GR"

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