Sept. 7, 1946 - May 27, 2012
Stanley Eugene Long of Walla Walla passed away May 27, 2012, at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland. He was born on Sept. 7, 1946, in Tekoa, Wash., to Chester and Lois Long. Stan attended Walla Walla High School.
In 1964, he married Carol Cossitt in Walla Walla. They divorced in 1971. He worked for Green Giant in Walla Walla as a field foreman. In 1972, Stan married Carolyn (Kelly) Gilliland. He worked for Walla Walla Produce until they opened Jackpot in Milton-Freewater, then Walla Walla Second Avenue Jackpot. In 1989, they were given the opportunity to own the neighborhood Short Stop Market. In 1996, his wife, Carolyn, passed away.
Stan was an incredibly generous man who made every sacrifice for his family, never missing an opportunity for hard work. He stood behind his counter 16 hours a day, seven days a week, watching several teens grow into adults from behind that counter.
In 2000, Stan reunited with Carol. His health forced him to retire from Short Stop in 2009. Stan and Carol enjoyed traveling to visit family, and they enjoyed going to casinos, especially Wildhorse. They also vacationed in Reno. Stan was a lifelong Pittsburgh Steelers fan.
Stan is survived by his fiance, Carol McPherson; his brother, William Long and wife Ruth Ann; his son, James Long and wife Jani; daughter, Suzie Wallingford and husband Corey, all of Walla Walla; daughter, Candi Long of Scottsdale, Ariz.; son, Eric Long and wife Layla of Maltby, Wash.; and daughter, Barbara Ensor and husband Loren of Davenport, Wash.; 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father; three sisters, Doris, Gladys and Wanda; one brother, Chester (Babe); and wife, Carolyn Long.
At his request, no service will be held. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association through Herring Groseclose Funeral Home. xxxx