Robert Michael “Mike” Long 76, a Northland resident of Kansas City, Missouri passed away Monday, September 19, 2022. Mike was born December 8, 1945 in St. Joseph, MO and was blessed to be adopted by Forrest and Hilda (Hurst) Long in Savannah, MO.
Mike was a veteran of the United States Army and proudly served his country during the Vietnam Era. Prior to enlisting in the Army, Mike received a BA degree from Northwest Missouri State in Maryville and after his honorable discharge from the Army, he earned a Bachelor of Journalism degree at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
He was united in marriage with Christa Sterling on June 15, 1974 in Bolivar, Missouri. From this union they had a son, Jeffrey “Jeff” Long.
Mike was devoted to both his Catholic faith and his family. He was a parishioner of St. Therese Catholic Church in Kanas City, MO and served as an usher there for several years.
Mike spent the majority of his working career in International Shipping Logistics. He was a walking encyclopedia of miscellaneous facts and loved sharing his “fact not worth knowing for the day” with anyone who would listen. His other interests were history, geography, sports, animals, classic cars and watching Jeopardy.
Mike was preceded in death by both parents and a brother-in-law, Joe Morgan. He is survived by his loving wife, Christa Long; a son, Jeff Long and his partner, Tanya Rehma; a sister-in-law, Linda Morgan of Aurora, IL; a nephew Brian Morgan (Amanda) of Del Mar, CA; great nieces and nephews Taylor, Reece and Grae Morgan; cousins and his beloved kitties and grand puppies.
The Rosary will be prayed at 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at St. Therese Catholic Church 7207 N.W. Highway 9 Kansas City, MO. Visitation will immediately follow until 7:00 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial celebrating Mike’s life will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, September 29, 2022 at the church. A Committal Service with military honors will commence at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, September 29, 2022 at Leavenworth National Cemetery 150 Muncie Road Leavenworth, KS. In lieu of flowers Memorial contributions are suggested to Wayside Waifs at http://support.waysidewaifs.org/goto/mikelong or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at http://events.stjude.org/mikelong.