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Orva Long

January 23, 1931 — July 17, 2021

Orva John Long, 90, Parkville, died Saturday, July 17, 2021, at North Care Hospice. John was born on January 23, 1931, to William and Maudie Long.  He was born and raised with his three brothers and sister in Oklahoma. Along with his siblings, John was proceeded in death by his wife of 66 years, Ida Geraldine Long.

Graduating Sulphur High School in 1949, he sold four cows to make enough money to buy a car and move to work the wheat fields of Kansas.  After moving to the Kanas City area, He met and married Gerry in 1950. They eventually settled in Parkville at the home he built and raised a family of which he was the proudest. His work ethic and desire to take care of his family led him to a job at American Can Company for 22 years and ultimately retiring from General Motors.

John loved having a second home at The Lake of the Ozarks, where he could spend time on the lake and fishing.  Many days he could be found in his workshop, tinkering, building and repairing something. He will always be remembered as a hard-working provider and loving Father.

John is survived by five sons and one daughter, all from the local area, Rick Long (Sharon), Mickey Long (Reina), Larry Long (Vicki), Rob Long (Lauren), Dan Long (Lori), Trishia Baker, and his companion Kathy Kinder.  He had 11 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Wednesday, July 21, 2021, from 5-7 PM at Terrace Park Funeral Home, 801 NW 108th St. (169 Hwy & Shoal Creek) Kansas City, MO. Graveside services will be Thursday, July 22, 2021, at 10:00 AM in Terrace Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the North Care Hospice.  Online condolences at

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