Wilbur Lee Long, 85, Arkansas City, Kan., passed away on Saturday, June 24, 2017, at his son’s home in Galena, Mo.

Wilbur Lee Long, 85,  Arkansas City, Kan., passed away on Saturday, June 24, 2017, at his son’s home in Galena, Mo.
Graveside Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m.. on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at Parker Cemetery, east of Arkansas City. The family will greet friends  from 6-8 p.m. today at Shelley Family Funeral Home. Friends may call from 12:00 noon to 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home.  For more information or to send a condolence, visit www.shelleyfamilyfh.com.
Wilber Lee Long was born in Granby, on March 31, 1932 to Gearl and Celia (Charlton) Long. He grew up in rural Granby with his brother Cecil Raydean and their sisters, Lucille, Melba, Francis and Donna. He attended school there through the ninth grade.
Wilber then met and fell in love with Allie Joan Ball. They were united in marriage on July 29, 1950.  
Wilbur worked at the Neosho Nursery and the Neosho Mill. In July of 1951, a son was born to this union, Michel Leroy Long. In 1952, they family moved to Arkansas City,  where Wilbur and Joan made a home and their second son was born, Gary Alan Long in February of 1954. Wilbur then went to work for the New Era Flour Mill as a flour packer and he also did part time installation of appliances for the Sears Roebuck Company. He also worked for a time at Cessna in Wichita. Later, Wilbur worked as an electrician for Bellis Electric. After that job, he returned to the flour mill and worked as an electrician. In 1976 after leaving the mill, he returned to school to become a Master Electrician. Wilbur then started his own business as Long Electric and for 33 years before retiring.
Wilbur was preceded in death by Joan in 1998.  
In October of 1999, he married Mary Hynd and they made their home in Arkansas City. She also preceded him in death in 2016.  
Wilbur was a member of the Church of God of the Apostolic Faith and served many years as a deacon. He enjoyed camping and traveling and shared many vacations with Mike, Robyn and their family throughout the years. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
Surviving to honor his memory are his sons, Michel Long and wife Robyn of Galena, Mo. and Gary Long and wife Teresa of Arkansas City, his sisters, Donna Marion and husband Dale and Lucille Crawford all of Neosho, and Francis Croslin and husband Hubert of Mesquite, Texas; his grandchildren, Traci Long and Doug Jones, Kevin and Stephanie Long, Angel Perryman and Travis Hobbs and his great-grandchildren, Ketchin and Taylee Kiser, Dawson and Alana Long, Adrianna Wells, Reagan Perryman and Jesse and Jacob Hobbs.  
In addition to his parents and spouses, he was preceded in death by one brother, Cecil Raydean Long and one sister, Melba Witek.