John Edward Long Jr. died at OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital on Saturday, July 9, 2022, following a long struggle with COPD. Born in Crestline, Ohio, John was a lifelong resident of Mansfield.
John attended and graduated from Ontario High School. Just out of high school, he tested for and became a Class A machinist for Peabody Barnes of Mansfield where he eventually took on the role of Union Shop Steward. Later, he would work at a number of jobs until he finally settled in at Geauga Plastics in Crestline where he worked until he was forced to retire due to medical reasons. Having worked in the plastics, steel and auto body repair businesses where he was exposed to factory environments where chemicals, dust, paint and other pollutants were present in addition to a lifelong habit of smoking, he finally succumbed to COPD.