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Richard Luden Long

Richard Luden Long, 56, of Harrisburg and Lewistown Pa., passed away suddenly on May 2, 2021. He was born in Lewistown, Pa. to Walter A. and Nancy Byler Long. Richard was preceded in death by his mother Nancy Byler Long; brother Walter “Pete” Long Jr.; a very special nephew, Zachary Alan Long, and “Aunt Sissy” Pauline Shover. Richard was the co-owner of “Darn That Junk Hauling and Cleaning Services” and “Gazette Antiques.” He currently worked at Keystone Area Goodwill Services in the capacity of Assistant to Custodial Services. Richard proudly served his country in the United States Air Force, where he was a food service specialist at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Del.

He also had worked at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla.; and for the Halifax and Newport school districts as the assistant to buildings and grounds. Richard enjoyed antiquing with Terry and exploring wineries. He loved spending time with Terry and his family at Bethany Beach, Myrtle Beach and Orlando, Fla. Richard enjoyed going to Red’s Diner to eat chicken livers and making people smile and feel good about life no matter the circumstance. He is survived by his loving spouse of 35 years, Terry Lee Gazette; father Walter A. Long Sr. and stepmother Sandra Long; siblings; Deborah Long, Thomas Long, William Long, John Long, Cynthia Zook, Ellen Amspacker, Susie Soccio, David Long, Marlin Long, Richard Foulk, Terry Long and Melissa Lebo; as well as many special nieces and nephews. Richard had extended family in Orlando Fla., Lisa and Troy Shinneman and children Micheal, Priscilla, Morgan and Ty. He also lovingly cared for his two dogs; Shayden and Wee Man as well as two cats; Gray Cat, Clarece, and three parrots Nina, Tessa and Toby.

A letter to our beloved Richard: Dearest Richard, At this writing you are no longer with us on this earth, but you will be forever etched in our hearts. There are so many things we could say about you, but there is not enough paper in the world to capture and record how amazing you were. The memory of you will be forever stored in the hearts and minds of those who loved you deeply. We hope in your final breath, you knew how loved you were and how many lives you touched by your life and your presence. We will hold onto the image in our minds of your first moments in heaven. That glorious moment when your mother, grandma, grandpa, Aunt Cora, Uncle John, Uncle Lloyd, brother Pete, nephew Zachary Alan, dear Aunt Sissy and many more were waiting for you with all the love they had. We believe in that moment, you felt joy and peace like you have never felt before. Dearest Richard, your life MATTERED on this side of heaven. Even though you faced many hurts, trials and tribulations, you chose to keep on loving. We will never, ever forget you. Thank you for your life and the love you gave us. Lovingly, your family and friends. We love you most.

Services were held on Saturday, May 8, 2021. Inurnment will be at a later date, at the convenience of the family. For online condolences, please visit: www.bitnercares.com.