William Marcus "Copper" Long, 92, entered peace at 9:38 am, Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at Jerseyville Manor Nursing Home. He was born in Jerseyville on October 15, 1921, an only child born to the late Martin and Annie (Wade) Long.
A lifelong resident of Jerseyville, Copper graduated from
Jersey Township High School and went on to proudly serve our country in the United States Army as a Master Sergeant during World War II.
After returning from the service he married the former Darlene W Fox and together they shared 52 years of marriage and the joys of raising their daughter, Linda.
Copper worked for many years as a Clerk with the United States Postal Service, retiring in 1973, where he made many lasting friendships. He never met a person that he couldn't up a conversation with, and those that knew him could always count on a smile and a story from Copper.
He was an active and long time member of the Jerseyville American Legion and proud member of the Jerseyville American Legion Post 492 Color Guard.
Surviving are his daughter Linda Weller of Louisville, KY; three grandchildren, Chad Molloy of Jerseyville; Leanne (Josh) Decker of Mt. Washington, KY; and Christopher Weller serving our country in Afghanistan. Five great-grandchildren, Kennedy; Logan; Delaina; Nicholas and Derrick whom he loved and cherished and was very proud of. A brother and sister-in-law, Eugene and Vera Fox of Robinson; a cherished niece and her husband,Carol and Jerry Howland of Texas; along with two great nieces.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Darlene and a great-granddaughter, Amber.
Visitation will be Saturday from 10 am until 12 noon at the Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville.
Graveside services will be held at 12:15 pm, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Cemetery in Jerseyville with Father William Hembrow officiating and the Jerseyville American Legion Post 492 Color Guard performing full military honors.
In lieu of flowers and plants, memorials may be given to the Jerseyville American Legion Post 492 Color Guard.
Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville is in charge of arrangements