Howard Long, 89, of Creston died Aug. 22, 2013, at Afton Care Center.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, at United Church of Christ (Congregational). The Rev. Deborah Pope will officiate. Interment will be in Graceland Cemetery. Open visitation will be 1 to 8 p.m. today with family present 6 to 8 p.m. at Pearson Family Funeral Service, 809 W. Montgomery St. Memorials may be directed to United Church of Christ (Congregational) and/or Afton Care Center. Online condolences may be left a www.pearsonfuneralhomes.com.
Howard Dean Long, son of Abbie Violet (Lyon) and Roger Arthur Long, was born March 29, 1924, in Creston. He lived his entire life in Union County, just a few miles from Creston.
Howard was a graduate of Creston High School and attended junior college in Creston.
On July 29, 1956, Howard married Phyllis C. Schrodt at Little Brown Church in Nashua.
Howard began farming with his father. After his father’s death, he continued working the family farm for the next 57 years.
In 1976, his farm was recognized by the Iowa Department of Agriculture as a century farm.
For several years Howard sold DeKalb seed corn.
In 1987, Howard received a merit award for outstanding accomplishments in resource conservation. He also served as commissioner for Union County Soil and Water Conservation District.
Howard was a lifelong member of United Church of Christ (Congregational). He was active in the church, served as treasurer for many years and held various other offices.
Howard is survived by his daughter Pamela L. Jones of Creston; grandchildren, Elizabeth A. Jones of Berkeley, Calif., and Chelsea R. Jones of Pullman, Wash.; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Howard was preceded in death by his wife in 2011; son Stephen Long; granddaughter Cory Jones; sister Winifred Burdette; and brother Raymond Long.