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Lesley V. Long

Lesley V. Long, 85, of Thompson Township, passed away peacefully Saturday afternoon, March 30, 2024, at home with his loving family by his side.

He was born in Francitas, Texas, on Sept. 11, 1938, to the late Harold B. and Louise (nee Jones) Long. Lesley later married his best friend and love of his life, Diane Storer, on Jan. 30, 1960.

He graduated from Ganado High School, Ganado, Texas, in 1957, where he loved playing in all sports. Les also was active in the band.

Following graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and proudly served from 1958-1961.

Les then became a semi-truck driver and drove for 34 years in the Teamsters Local 407. In 1995, he retired from ABF. Les then began driving school buses for Ledgemont Schools until his final retirement in 2011.

He was always an avid sports fan. Les looked forward to watching the Buckeyes, Browns, Indians and, of course, the Dallas Cowboys! He was also a dedicated fan of the Ledgemont Redskins, attending as many games as he could get to after work.

Les loved hunting, racing homing pigeons and, of course, the casinos.

Les made friends everywhere he went. He was quick to smile and always ready with a joke or story. He will be dearly missed by everyone who knew him, especially, his loving wife of 64 years, Diane; son, Daniel Long; daughters, Carol (John) Geisman and Amy Hochschild; five wonderful grandchildren, Jennifer (Jack) Guthrie, Caitlyn Geisman, John Geisman Jr., Amanda Vinecourt, and J.J. Vinecourt; seven foster children he and Diane raised over the years; and many friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Harold L. Long.

Family and friends will be received from 3-6 p.m. Saturday, April 6, 2024, at Best Funeral Home, 15809 Madison Road, Middlefield, with military honors and a prayer service following at 6 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Les’ name are requested to be made to Traditions Health, Attn: Treasury Dept., One Nashville, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 2300, Nashville, TN 37219.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Best Funeral Home, Middlefield, (440) 632-0818. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.