With great sadness and heavy hearts we announce the passing of Michael (Mike) Carroll Long on September 21, 2021. Michael was a 48-year resident of Canton, Michigan. A Happy ThanksLiving Memorial date will be released in the future.
Seventy three years ago Mike was born on July 22, 1948 in Barnesville, Ohio to Randall Lauren Long (1912-1981) and Katie Iona Mercer Long (1913-1968). Growing up in Quaker City, Ohio, Mike was named "Most Likely To Succeed" in his 1966 Zane Trace Yearbook. Mike worked summers for Valadium, during his Ohio State College years and graduated in 1971 from The Ohio State University with a B.S. and in 1973 with a M.S. in Metallurigal Engineering.
On March 20, 1971, Mike married Joanelle Wargo and soon became a proud Dad of Stacia (Lincoln) in 1973 and Ryan (Pam) in 1974. Mike moved to Michigan to work in the automotive industry. Mike's true passions were coaching Little League, playing golf, traveling on family and friend vacations, and cheering on The O.S.U. Buckeyes. Mike truly cherished time with his wonderful grandsons Matt and Josh Long.
Mike retired from Chrysler in 2004 after working in Michigan, Ohio, Mexico, and Canada as a senior engineering manager for brakes, chassis and transmission assignments.
On March 20, 2021, Mike and Joanelle celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary! Mike's advice: "The most important decision you make will be who you marry. Get it right!".
The family is setting up a scholarship fund to honor future Buckeye Trail graduates from the Quaker City area who are college bound with an emphasis on The Ohio State University and The Ohio State University Engineering Program. Those wishing to contribute to the Michael C. Long Legacy Scholarship can forward donations to Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, P.O. Box 456, 35 Public Square, Nelsonville, OH 45764.
Joanelle, Stacia and Ryan thank all medical personnel, and family and friends who helped Mike during his multiple myeloma, myelodysplastic mds syndrome, Covid-19, and acute leukemia cancer crisis. Let's annihilate cancer!
Griffin Funeral Home of Canton, Michigan handled arrangements. Cremation was observed with Inurnment at Mt. Calvary in Belle Valley at a later date.