In Memoriam James Ragain Long James Long was born in St Louis Missouri March 26, 1920. Later moved to Denver Colorado with Mother and older brothers. He was orphaned at a young age and was placed in the Colorado State Orphanage, Denver. Difficult times ensued though the depression years. Jim rose above his early childhood hardships and obtained Scholarship to Colorado State College of Mines in Greeley. Later he worked on the Union Pacific Railroad laying track near Cheyenne Wyoming. In 1940 he moved to Los Angeles and found work in the Aircraft business at North American Aviation - famous for World War II Aircraft such as the "P 51 Mustang". Starting as an inspector he worked into management and was in charge of Product Inspection Quality Control for the Gemini and Apollo Programs at Rockwell Space Division in the 1960's. Retired after 40 years at North American Rockwell. Was married to Elizabeth Bertelson in 1942 and shared a wonderful life together for 63 years. Had many hobbies including furniture making and reading. To all who knew him he was a man of strength and integrity as well kindness. On September 11th passed away at the age of 87. Survived by son James Robert, daughter-in-law Elia, and two grandchildren Christine and Jennifer. A memorial service will be held at Rice Mortuary Chapel on Saturday, September 29, 2007 at 3:00 P.M. A reception will follow in Rice's Lighthouse Reception Room until 7:00 P.M.

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  1. May you find peace,joy, and comfort in the memories that you’ve shared with your loved one. May God bless you and your family through this difficult time. Keeping you and your family close to my heart in prayer.

  2. Christine, I want to let you know that I am so sorry for the loss of your grandfather. I am thinking you and your family and keeping you in my prayers. I found out about your grandpa because my grandma, Ebba Wood, who was also born on March 26th passed away last month, so I look at her page and was looking at the website and found out about your grandpa. I am sure that you have many wonderful memories of your grandfather. You will have those forever. Casey

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