Gene Henry Long

March 11, 1939July 1, 2018

PRC (AW/NAC) USN (Ret) Gene Henry Long passed away July 1, 2018 at the age of 79. He was born March 11, 1939 in Marshalltown, IA to Clifford and Mikell Long. He was preceded in death by his wife of 39 years, Diane (Brodigan) Long and is survived by his 5 sons; John Long, Curtis (Maria) Smith, Derek Smith, Chris Smith, Joseph Long; daughter, Joni Day; brother, Doug (Donna) Long; sister, Betty-Jane Westphal; 9 grandchildren Michael, Jennifer, and Ashley Long, Travis and Marissa Day, Cameron, Colin and Connor Smith and Gabriella Long; and 8 great-grandchildren. Gene joined the Navy in 1959 and served at sea on USS Hancock CV-19 and USS Wasp CV-18, in the Vietnam Theater of Operations during the Vietnam War. Gene also served tours of duty at NAS PAX River MD, NAS Agana, Guam, NAS Lemoore, CA, NAS Whidbey Island, WA, NAS Pensacola, FL, and NAS Moffett Field, CA. Gene served his country honorably until he retired in October 1986. He was an “old school” sailor’s sailor and absolutely loved to share his many colorful sea stories with his family and friends. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to The American Cancer Society. A Visitation will be held 11 AM Friday July 13, 2018 at HARDAGE-GIDDENS RIVERMEAD FUNERAL HOME 127 Blanding Blvd Orange Park, Florida 32073. We invite you to leave words of comfort at


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Douglas Long

July 12, 2018

Chief. There are so many stories I could share from the 72 years we have been together. I just want to thank you for taking care of me the way you did when we were young, not that you really had a choice, and the many things I learned from you. I was fortunate enough to be raised at a time when the older brother or sister took care of the younger brother ,even the times they did not want to!
To sum it up, I will never forget the camping trip on a sand bar at the Iowa river. There was an old tree part way down in the river and we would jump off of that tree. The current was rather swift for someone of my age and you and your friends would form a line a little ways downstream and catch me if I happened not to make it to shore. I asked you one time what you would have done if you missed catching me. Your answer was simple: "That would never happen"!
You will be missed greatly chief.

Semper fi, "Gunns"

Dan Brodigan

July 11, 2018

My condolences to Genes entire family. I always enjoyed my stays at Diane & Genes, he was old Navy and I was the young Marine, "jar head" to Gene. He will be reunited with his wife in heaven.
God bless their memory.

Derek Smith

July 7, 2018

Dad I know you always had my best interest at heart it took me quite a few years to realize that. I know we didn’t always see eye to eye but you taught me what being a man was about tell mom I miss her and Rest In Peace . You have always been Dad!! Love you

Curtis Smith

July 6, 2018

Dad! You are the toughest man I will ever know! Those that know him, know what i'm talking about. You helped shape me into the man I am today and for that, I am forever grateful! I will definitely miss our frequent conversations. I know you've missed Mom since she passed nearly three years ago and I am comforted in knowing that you are together again. You will ALWAYS be my DAD!