Willis Frank Long
El Dorado - Willis Frank Long, of El Dorado, Kansas, passed away on August 11, 2021 at the age of 81 with his loving family by his side. Willis was born on September 30, 1939 in El Dorado, Kansas to John and Thelma (Welty) Long. After graduating high school, Willis worked as a ranch hand for various ranches in the area. Then became a journeyman lineman for Butler Rural Electric Coop. Then hired on at Pester Refinery as an electrician, then moved to Texaco Refinery. He retired as an electrician from Frontier El Dorado Refining Company. He married the love of his life, Veda Brenner, on June 21, 1959. They shared a wonderful life together, full of love and happiness. Willis and Veda loved to travel. They took several trips throughout their life together. Their favorite, of which, was Hawaii. Veda was his true love. When asked what his hobbies were, Willis replied "just being with my wife". He was also an avid collector. He loved to collect antiques, Texaco trucks and airplanes, and memorabilia from his favorite singer, Gene Autry. Willis was a longtime faithful and devoted member of Temple Baptist Church, serving as head usher for many years. He also served in many other capacities in the church. The most valued treasures in his life were God and his family.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 62 years, Veda Long; children, Mark (Debi) Long, Tammy (Barry) Carr, Craig (Carol) Long, and Gregg (Kim) Long; grandchildren, Amy (Jeff) Paget, Brooke (Kole) Johnson, Nicholas (Juliana) Carr, Trina (Sheldon) Stoskopf, Andy (Kaycee) Long, Aaron Long, Stephen Long, Joshua (Brianna) Long, and Erica Long; great grandchildren, Ethan Paget, Ellie Paget, Kinley Carr, Kloey Johnson, Kasen Carr, Kyndal Johnson, and Emma Long; brother-in-law, Terry (Sharon) Brenner; and sister-in-law, Sandra Long. Numerous nieces and nephews.
Willis was preceded in death by his parents. John and Thelma Long; siblings, Kenneth Long, Roy Long, Jessie Hefton-Foster, and Marilyn Fisher.
A visitation will be held from 4-6 pm on Monday, August 16, 2021 at Carlson Colonial Funeral Home. A funeral service will take place at 10 am on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at Temple Baptist Church in El Dorado, with interment to follow at Sunset Lawns Cemetery.
Memorial donations in Willis' name can be made to Temple Baptist Church.
Please sign his online guestbook at www.carlsonkirbymorris.com
Posted online on August 12, 2021