March 26, 1920 ~ September 11, 2007
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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