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Walter “Walt” Long

November 24, 2020

Walter Long, retired Clinical Social Worker died November 24, 2020.  He was born August 28, 1932 in Norton, Ks.  His mother, Beulah Samuelson, died in childbirth and he was cared for by his maternal grandmother, Pearl Samuelson and his Aunt, Mary Margaret Samuelson.  When he was one and one half years old, his father, Ralph Long, a Methodist minister, married Mary Margaret.


As a ‘preacher’s kid” he grew up in several different Kansas communities including Lenora, Hunter, Agra, Wayne, Logan, and Tescott.  He graduated from Logan High School in 1950.


He met his future wife Shirley Mosburg at the Broughton Methodist Church Easter Sunrise Service in 1950 where his father was minister.  They were married in Broughton Methodist Church on August 28, 1953.


After 2 years at Kansas Wesleyan, he joined the Air Force and was discharged four years later to return to Kansas Wesleyan for his undergraduate degree.  Walt’s major studies were sociology, elementary education, vocal music and church music.  He then completed his Master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Kansas in 1960.  He later completed a Program of Advance Study in Social Work from Smith College, 1964.


Walter’s 35 year work history focused on children and families in mental health and youth residential programs sponsored by private church related institutions. (Youthville, Prairie View, and Missouri Methodist Home for Children).  He also coordinated field placement and taught students at Tabor College in the 1960’s.


Upon retirement he volunteered at several community outreach programs in Newton including Health Ministries and Respite Care.  Otherwise his activities included trying to learn how to play golf, bicycle rides across Kansas (19 times), bicycling with his wife Shirley, weekly table tennis competition, gardening, photography, music, church attendance and mixing with the grandchildren.


Walt placed a high value on encouraging and challenging people to experience growth, resolution of their struggles for a more satisfying life, and change for the better in their lives.


Proceeding him in death were his parents and half-brother William Andrew Long.  Survivors include one daughter, Sheri Appel, (Jon) Manhattan, Ks. Jared, Logan and Aaron (Lindsey).  Two sons, Wes Long (Sara) of Silver Spring, MD.  Sienna, Wilder and Sage. Wayne Long (Sheri Anne) of Spring Hill, Ks. Krista and Matthew.  Two sisters were adopted by his parents, Evelyn Kay Zink and Margaret Louise Long.


Memorial contributions can be made to the music department at Trinity Heights United Methodist Church, 1200 Boyd Ave. Newton, Ks. 67114  No service is planned at this time.

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10 thoughts on “Walter “Walt” Long

  1. I will sure miss our phone conversations. Walter, as I always knew him, was the kindest person you would ever want to know. He will be missed.

  2. Sorry to hear of his passing – thoughts and condolences to the Appel family. Lots of love from Zach H and family.

  3. We would like to offer our condolences and prayers to the Long family for the loss of Walt.
    He will be greatly missed.
    The Holmes Family, Lloyd, Rose, Tom,Chrystal Holmes Hempler and Sheryl Holmes Swanson.

  4. Condolences to Shirley and family. Hope this finds Shirley doing well. We will miss Walt tremendously! Whenever church was involved you would see Walt there doing all that was needed. On Sundays, he offered a caring handshake and thoughtful smile bring comfort and joy in seeing him. God rest his soul in peace forever. Glen and Arlene Garrison

  5. Condolences to Shirley and family. Hope this finds Shirley doing better. If church were involved, Walt and Shirley were there to do what was needed. On Sunday’s he had a warm way of greeting you with a caring handshake and a smile which brought comfort and joy to your heart. We will always remember Walt and know he is resting in peace forever!
    Arlene and Glen Garrison

  6. Walt will be dearly missed by our church family. He was part of many activities, including the choir for many years and of course the ping pong club. Love to Shirley and famiy.

  7. Thank you Walt for taking the time to teach my son the game of ping pong. You were an important part of his church life and he loved going to play with you.

  8. Uncle walt was a gentle strong soul . That we will all miss deeply.
    Rest well Uncle Walt.
    I love you.

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