Forrest Long, 87, barber shop owner, Army corporal

By on August 10, 2011

Forrest Milton Long, 87, of Ephrata, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011 in Ephrata, where he resided with his son and daughter-in-law.

Born on July 31, 1924 in Sunbury, Forrest was the son of the late Ralph and Bessie (Spatz) Long. Forrest was the husband of Virginia I. (Dietz) Long. They were married on June 6, 1948, by the Rev. John W. Luckens in Shamokin.

He graduated from Shamokin High School in 1942. After serving in the military, he received his barber license and state examiner degree. He barbered on Duke Street in Lancaster for 49 years, 25 of which he owned the shop. After his retirement and moving to Ephrata, he worked part-time at Sprecher’s Hardware in Ephrata and as a barber for Ephrata Manor. He was also a member of Washington Avenue Bible Church in Ephrata.

Forrest served in the U.S. Army as a corporal and medic during World War II in the New Guinea, Southern Philippines and Luzon campaigns. He received the Philippines Liberation Ribbon with one Bronze Star and the Asia-Pacific Theater Service Medal with three Bronze Stars.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son: Forrest "Woody" Long, husband of Janice Long, of Ephrata; a daughter: Lynette, wife of Dennis Wayne, of Haslet, Texas; three grandsons: Chad, Brad and Keith Wayne, all living in the Carolinas; and 11 great- grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his sister: Nancy L. Long; and his brothers: William, Robert and Jay Long.

Forrest’s family would like to thank the staffs of Ephrata Community Hospital and Ephrata Manor for the loving care that was given during his last days.

Funeral services were held in the Donecker Chapel at Ephrata Manor, Ephrata, with the Rev. Tom Koch officiating. Interment took place in Conestoga Memorial Park, Lancaster. In lieu of flowers, make memorial contributions to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association.

Services were made by Paul L. Gravenor Home For Funerals, Ephrata. To offer condolences, visit

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