Frederick "Fred" Long

Frederick "Fred" Long, age 63 of Rapid City, formerly of Philip, S.D., died Friday, April 8, 2011, at the Bella Vista Golden Living Center in Rapid City.

Fred was born September 9, 1947, in Philip to Leroy and Esther (Clawson) Long. He was baptized and confirmed in the Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Philip and graduated from Philip High School in 1965 where he excelled in studies and music. He furthered his studies at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, S.D., and graduated with a bachelor of science degree with a major in Accounting in 1969.

At USD, Fred was a member of the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) where he excelled as a future officer and became a member of its honor society, the Scabbard and Blades. Upon graduation from USD Fred entered the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant and served two tours of duty after completion of his training, one tour in Korea and another tour in Germany.

After his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army, Fred took up residence in Denver, Colo., where he pursued his certified public accounting license and worked first in an accounting office and then with a investment firm.

Fred was active in his church, sang in the church choir and loved to travel. He spent vacations traveling the United States and Europe or with his family in Philip. In September of 1995, while traveling in Utah, Fred was struck by a car while he was driving down the interstate on his motorcycle. Although wearing a helmet, Fred suffered extensive injuries that resulted in hospitalization for an extended period of time and his eventual admission to the skilled nursing home in Rapid City.

He is survived by his mother, Esther Long, of Philip; two sisters, Palma Johannesen of Wall and Cheryl Pearson and her husband, Phil, of Philip; three brothers, Wayne Long and his wife, Kathy, of Hastings, Neb., Mike Long of Sioux Falls, and Jim Long and his wife, Jenifer, of Hettinger, N.D.; and a host of other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Leroy.

There will be no visitation.

His family and friends will miss him and celebrated his life at his services at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis on Wednesday, April 13, with Pastor Gary Wahl officiating.

Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.

His online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com