Robert G. Long

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Robert George Long, 89, of Fargo died November 5, 2021 at the Fargo VA Hospital surrounded by several of his loved ones. Robert was born March 19, 1932 in McVille, ND to Harry and Edith (Palmer) Long. He attended school in Sharon, ND, graduating in 1950. Following his graduation he attended the ND State School of Science in Wahpeton. He joined the Air Force in 1951. While stationed at RAF Burtonwood, near Liverpool, England, he met an English gal named Mary Duffy. Bob married her April 11, 1955 and in August of that year brought her to the United States. They resided in Moorhead, MN for quite a number of years, also living in Harwood, ND, before moving to Fargo to the residence they occupied at the time of Robert’s death. After leaving the Air Force, Robert continued his military service as an Avionics Technician with the North Dakota Air National Guard in Fargo where he was also employed as a civilian until his retirement. Two of the Medals earned for his service in the Air Force and Air National Guard include the National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal. Prior to his civilian employment with the Air Guard, he worked briefly as an apprentice electrician. Robert was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Moorhead, MN. He was a hard-working, contributing member in the American Legion Post #2, serving in most Post level offices up to and including Post Commander. He also served in the Legion’s 40 et 8 holding most local offices along with various national and state offices including Chef de Gare, Chef de Train, Sous Chef de Chemin de Fer, and Grand Chef de Gare. He proudly served with the Legion Post’s Honor Guard until his shoulder was no longer able to allow him to hoist and carry the large flags. Bob and Mary were also founding members of the Red River Valley Horseless Carriage Club, a chapter of the Horseless Carriage Club of America, an organization dedicated to having fun preserving antique automobiles and educating the public. Robert was very active in this group, enjoying get-togethers with other club members and their cars. He participated in several tours put on by the Horseless Carriage Clubs including Midwest Tours and 1 & 2 Cylinder Tours. One of his favorite antique car activities was the New London – New Brighton Antique Car Run held in August annually for the past 35 years. Bob was one of only 2 drivers that participated and finished each of the 35 runs. Other activities he enjoyed were playing cards (especially whist), hunting, fishing, camping vacations with the family, and using his electrical expertise to help people wire their homes. For many years Bob and Mary enjoyed spending extended time in the winter at London Bridge Resort in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. Robert is survived by his wife Mary of Fargo, daughter Patricia of Sharon, ND, son Dean (Kathy) of Glendale, AZ, and son David (Laurel) of Detroit Lakes, MN. 6 grandchildren: Jessica Woodring (Kipp) of Loveland, CO, Jocelyn Aitkin of Greeley, CO, Jolene Robertson (Christopher) of Windsor, CO, Jewel Aitkin of Greeley, CO, Krystal Long of Fargo, and Dustin Long (Megan) of Fargo. 5 great-grandchildren: Seth McWhorter, Ileana Capilla, Dominic Klemish, Tavin Robertson, and Macklin Long. Nieces and Nephew: Karen Tuil (Gary), Sanford Bergh (LuAnn), Kristen Greeley (Arthur), and Kathy Hendricks (Colin). He was preceded in death by his parents Harry and Edith (Palmer) Long and his sister Ardyth (Long) Bergh. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center in Fargo. To sign the online guest book, please visit our website at

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  1. Mary and family I am so sorry for your lose . The friendship that Bob and you had with my Mom and Dad will always be remembered . They cared very much about the both of you and the fun times that you all shared. May Bob rest in the hands of God. You will be in my prayers.

  2. Bob was a great boss/shop chief (Radar) at NDANG. I marveled at his ability to allow us, freshly back from tech school, to take so long to rewire those boxes, when he could have done it so quickly himself. A good teacher, great leader and a fine gentleman. Long live the Maxwell.

  3. Betty and I are very sorry to see the loss of your husband/father and our friend Bob. For over 40 years Bob and Dean and the rest of the crew would come to Beulah, ND to hunt sharptail grouse on opening weekend. My sons and I will forever cherish the hunting memories with Bob and the “Fargo bunch”

    Herb and Betty Dittus
    Beulah, ND

  4. Uncle Robert ,
    Much of my childhood I remember spending with you and your family. We had countless memories of camping, fishing, playing cards, holidays, turkey days, New Brighton (the one time I could attend) and of course eating lemon pie when you would visit in March (mom and your birthday month) in AZ. We are truly impressed with all your accomplishments. Thank you for the memories! Love and prayers are with your family

  5. So sorry Mary and family on the passing of Bob. Will miss seeing him at the New London to New Brighton Antique Car Run. Condolences to you all.

  6. Mary-So sorry for your loss!He will be missed and rembered on our little bus trips!Prayers for you and your family!

  7. So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you all in this difficult time. Prayers and condolences to Mary, Dean, Dave, Patricia and family.

  8. Bob and my dad (Rod) were friends and NDANG comrades. I remember the family since grade school, graduated from MHS with Dean, and worked at The Image Place with Kathy. Bob was a great electrician and quite accommodating when working on my parent’s home. He was also very kind and cheerful. Bob shared the same compassion for cars, as did my dad.
    My prayers go out to all the Long family.
    Thank you Bob for serving our country.
    You will be missed.

  9. Mary and Family…. please know the entire Happy Hooligan family will mourn and also remember Bob. He was always competent, cooperative and intelligent. . His positive attitude and humor were among his many strong points. Bob exemplified leadership thruout his many years in the service of our country. I remember his deep passion and fighting spirit thru the American Legion to pass a Constitutional Amendment to protect the United States flag from disrespect and degradation. I also recall your time in our community while in your home in Harwood. (…and an American Legion bus trip to a meeting in Portland, ND!).

    Joan and I send our sincere condolences during this difficult time and also our best wishes for the future to you and your family.

  10. Bob was a dedicated volunteer and a true example of “living and giving” in his community. It was an honor and an inspiration to know him.

  11. What great fun I’ve had with a bunch of old cars and old people: car tours, car shows, swap meets, parades, fashion shows… As a kid, when I saw ‘The Maxwell’ I knew it was Bob and Mary Long’s and that it was very special. It had my ‘peoples choice’ vote many-a-time. I remember Bob helping Dad with an electrical problem in the Broadway house… Mary, Many very fond memories and thoughts of you and your family, Jim and Nona’s Beth

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