Ronald Dean Long, 81, of Norwalk died unexpectedly May 17, 2013, in Norwalk.
Memorial services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 21, at Peace Lutheran Church, 5615 SW 14th St., in Des Moines. Burial will be in Norwalk Cemetery. A visitation will be held 6 to 8 p.m. today at Hamilton’s Southtown Funeral Home in Des Moines. Memorials may be given to Peace Lutheran Church or the Puppy Jake Foundation that helps to train service dogs for returning veterans.
Ronald Dean Long, son of Golda (Jackson) and Elton E. “Jack” Long, was born Feb. 3, 1932, in Arispe.
Ron graduated from Arispe High School in 1950 and attended Tarkio College in Missouri before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force in January 1952. He was commissioned and earned his pilot wings in May 1953.
On Dec. 19, 1953, Ron married Carol Ann Immel of Adair.
Ron retired from the Iowa Air National Guard in 1987 as a Colonel after spending 35 years in the U.S. Air Force, Air Force Reserve and Air Guard. He attended various military schools. Among some of the positions he held were instructor pilot, operations officer, squadron commander and director of wing safety. He was a command pilot with 6,800 hours of military flying in 16 different aircraft.
Ron was a member of Peace Lutheran Church, Silver Squadron, Air Force Association and Cumming American Legion.
Ron is survived by his wife Carol Immel Long; daughters, Terri Pitcher of Windsor Heights and Sheryl Dailey (Glenn) of Bloomindale, Ill.; and grandchildren, Katherine Ball of West Des Moines, Tyler Dailey of Chicago, Ill., Michael Ball of Los Angeles, Calif., and Cody Dailey of Iowa City.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents and half sister Doris Nicholson.