Ken L. “Butch” Long, 69, of Oregon, formerly of Grand Detour, died Wednesday, January 09, 2013, at his home. He worked as a general contractor and real estate agent.
Ken was born July 12, 1943, in Dixon, IL, the son of Arthur and Eva (King) Long. He married Tresa Dimmig on October 1, 1966, in Dixon. He served in the US Army 143rd Airborne Division as a paratrooper during the Vietnam War. Ken was a recreational pilot and enjoyed raising and showing cattle. He built many homes, buildings, and apartment complexes in Dixon and raised his family in the home he built in Grand Detour. He was a loving father, husband, and grandfather, and will be dearly missed by family and many friends.
Survivors include his wife of Oregon; three sons, Scott (Angie) Long of Rockford, Dan (Jaime) Long of Scottsdale, AZ, Russ Long of Chicago; two sisters, Bev Unger of Dixon, Jeannette (Glen) Hart of Franklin Grove; one sister-in-law, Joyce Long of Oregon; three grandchildren, Tyler Long, Hannah Long, and Easton Long.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Lawrence “Skeet” Long.
Visitation will be 5-8:00 p.m., Friday, January 11, 2013, at the Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 12, 2013, at the funeral home. Burial with full military honors provided by the combined veterans’ organizations will be at Grand Detour Cemetery, Grand Detour.
A memorial has been established to Serenity Hospice & Home.