Stephen “Steve” Dana Long, 41, beloved son of Dana and Linda (Fork) Long of Gibsonburg, brother of Kerry (Michael) Jones, uncle to Jameson Jones, and grandson to Betty Long, passed away unexpectedly on August 2, 2023 in Granger, Indiana. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Elmer Long, Ralph and Lucille Fork.
Steve was born on July 8, 1982, in Bowling Green, Ohio. He was baptized and confirmed at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Pemberville, Ohio. He attended Pemberville Elementary School and later graduated from Eastwood High School in 2000, attending his last two years at Penta County for computer programming. Steve played football, wrestling and track at EHS. He graduated from NMI in Findlay, Ohio, with a degree in nuclear medicine. Steve started working in Scottsdale, AZ, as a nuclear medical technician. While in Arizona, he discovered his love of hiking the mountains. He then traveled to Sacramento, CA, Salinas, CA, and later back to Indiana where he was currently working at St. Joseph Hospital in Mishawaka.
Steve was an avid Notre Dame and Raiders fan. He is remembered for his great love of music, playing the piano, building computers and his love of the movies. He could be quite the film critic with a great understanding of directing and acting. Steve’s sense of humor always kept his family and friends in stitches. He had a kind, gentle heart, loved his family and his friends, and gave the best hugs. Steve also suffered from mental health challenges, especially depression, to which he succumbed. Steve’s faith helped him with his struggles, especially in the last 5 years of his life, by reading and studying the bible.
Visitation will be held on Monday, August 7, 2023, from 2:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Herman-Veh Funeral Home & Crematory, 319 W. Madison Street, Gibsonburg, OH, 43431. Additional visiting will be held on Tuesday, August 8, 2023, from 10:00 AM until the beginning of funeral services at 11:00 AM at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 220 Cedar Street, Pemberville, OH, 43450. His childhood pastor, Pastor James Dumke, will officiate. Steve’s urn will be buried at West Union Cemetery in Gibsonburg, at a later date.
For those unable to attend, Steve’s services will be live-streamed and available to watch by following the link provided on his obituary page.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family, c/o Dana and Linda, as they are setting up a fund to support mental health.
To express online condolences or to watch Steve’s funeral services or Tribute Video, please visit: www.hermanfh.com.