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Dale K. Long - July 27, 2010


Dale K. Long, 69, of Sterling, Colo, courageously lost his long battle with esophageal cancer on Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at his home surrounded by his loving family.
Dale Long was born Aug. 16, 1940 in Imperial, Neb. to Leo and Dorothy (Turnbaugh) Long. He grew up in Nebraska attending Madrid Public Schools, Madrid, Neb., graduating in 1958. Thus began his long love of learning.
Dale earned his Bachelor of Arts in teaching from Kearney State Teacher College in 1962. He continued his education and earned a Masters Degree in secondary school administration in 1973 from Western State College.
Dale’s long dedication to students began as a biology teacher in Pueblo, Colo. He taught there from 1962-1969. From there he moved to Sterling and taught biology for 13 years. Dale’s passion for helping students reach their full potential led him to become the assistant principal at Sterling High School in 1980.
In 1984, Dale went on to become the principal of Caliche Jr.-Sr. High School. His passion for students, families, and the community was demonstrated in every job he held. He especially enjoyed the colleagues along the way that he worked with who became his dear friends.
During the summers he began crop adjusting. This later bloomed into a second career upon his retirement from education in 1993. He worked as a full-time crop adjuster and later became a supervisor that he continued until the decline in his health.
In 1959 he married DeeEtta Tharp in Grant, Neb. They were later divorced. To this union two children were born, Michael and Lisa.
Dale married Judy (Manuello) Armstrong on Sept.22, 2000. Dale and Judy made their home on the south side of the South Platte River. Together they enjoyed spending time with family, friends, playing cards, watching the Rockies, and taking road trips to visit grandkids in Idaho and Denver.
Dale enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, attending all levels of sporting events–especially the Rockies, and trips to Black Hawk and Vegas. Playing cards and his times spent at the Elk’s Lodge and Lu’s were among his favorites. Despite spending much of his life living in Colorado, Dale was always a Big Red Nebraska Cornhusker fan!
Dale is survived by his wife, Judy, of Sterling; son Mike Long and wife Kris Stoffer of Haley, Idaho; daughter Lisa Wallace and husband Brian of Denver; his grandchildren Jackson, Will, and Aidan Long, Andy and Kelsie Wallace of Denver; his mother, Dorothy Meyer of Grant; sister Beverly Holzfaster and husband Ralph of Paxton, Neb.; four nephews – Tim , Patrick, Jon, and Michael Holzfaster; one niece Amy Militti. Dale is also survived by three step-sons, Jason and wife Janessa Armstrong and Sklyer, Chase, and MaKenna; Jerod and wife Carlye Armstrong and Kendyll and Lily; and Justin and wife Kerri Armstrong and Kole and Dylan; sister-in-law Lynn Manuello; brother-in-law Don and wife Maren Manuello and step-nieces and nephews –Dana Manuello, Lori Taplin, Mike Manuello, Matt Welsh, Julie Kokes, Darrin Manuello, Jami Martin, and their families, all of Sterling as well as many friends he made through teaching, crop adjusting, and playing cards.
Dale was preceded in death by his father, Leo Long, in1947, step-father William H. Meyer; and brother-in-law, Jim Manuello.
Services were held July 31 in Sterling at the First Presbyterian Church.
Interment followed at Riverside Cemetery.
Memorials may be sentto the Dale K. Long Memorial Fund, 18295 CR 367, Sterling, CO 80751.