Robert Long, 81, once of Spring Valley

Robert E. Long, 81, of Cumberland, Wis., formerly of Spring Valley, died Thursday, May 23, 2019, at Mayo Clinic-Methodist Campus in Rochester. 

Robert Eugene Long was born Dec. 23, 1937, to Thurston and Irene (Rowe) Long. He attended school in the Wykoff area. He was united in marriage to Kay Gartner on Aug. 31, 1956, in Providence, R.I. Together they had a son, Curt, and a daughter, Joy. He entered the Navy for four years from 1956-1960. He worked in Blooming Prairie as a cable splicer for a telephone company, worked for Hormel for nine years, and then later started his trucking career. He started his own trucking firm, R.E.L Trucking, in Cumberland. His passion was driving and buying trucks.

He is survived by his wife, Kay Long of Cumberland; his son, Curt (Debra) Long of Katy, Texas; four grandchildren, Curtis Long, Ashlee Long, Cassie Brown and Eric Brown; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Joy Renae Brown; five sisters, Nellie, Eleanor, Ella, Ilene and Florence; and three brothers, Johnny, Bill and Thurston, Jr. 

 Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, at Hindt Funeral Home in Spring Valley. Following the service there will be a celebration of life at the VFW Hall.

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