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“Dave was a man of outstanding temperament and loved by many. He was undoubtedly the toughest instructor I had at DMACC and he helped me face up to...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Dave C - West Des Moines, IA

“Dave was like the father I never had. He helped me through the good and the bad. He was so wise and caring. I will miss him so very much! ”
2 of 12 | Posted by: Dawn Hadley - Des Moines, IA

“I also worked with Dave at Praxair. He was such a kind man and always brought a smile to my face when I saw him. I am so sorry for your loss. ”
3 of 12 | Posted by: Ann Breeding - Bondurant, IA

“"Which of these..... Was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers ?" (Jesus asked). He said " The one who showed Mercy." Luke10:37 ...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Bruce Dunn - Des Moines, IA

“Always enjoyed family get togethers with Dave and Shirley. Dave always had a nice smile. Always thought he was very knowledgeable on many topics. ...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Joyce Farrington - Council Bluffs, IA

“Thank you so much for sharing your husband and father with us for the past 22 years. He was a member in good standing, and we are all better for...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Jana L. - Des Moines, IA - friend

“So much fun, fishing on the river, you didn't bait the hook right, golfing, not with me, but with Gary, won't talk about what happened later, playing...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Barb Preul - Denison, IA - Family

“I worked with Dave at Praxair for several years. He was one of the best people I know...always brought tons of humor to our team. I just received...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Bobbi Runyan - Ankeny, IA

“My deepest sympathy goes out to the family. ”
9 of 12 | Posted by: Judy Garner (Naylor) - Ankeny, IA

“I was shocked to see Dave's obituary in the paper. Dave was one of those people who reached out and tried to help others any way possible. He always...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Ramona Faulkner - West Des Moines, IA

“You will be missed, Dave. Godspeed. ”
11 of 12 | Posted by: Cindy Loebach - Nampa, ID

“Dave was a good friend and will be missed! Condolences and prayers to the family ”
12 of 12 | Posted by: Jack Mullane


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David Henry Long of Ankeny passed away April 6, 2017. The visitation will be Wednesday, April 12 from 1-3 PM, followed by a service at 3 PM and lunch at 4 PM -- all at Ankeny Memorial Funeral Home (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd.), Ankeny, IA. David was born March 6, 1943 in Algona, Iowa, to Howard Milford Long and Mary Wilma Tjaden Long. He grew up on a farm near Algona, walked to country school uphill one way, and started his own hay baling business in high school with his friend Jack Vipond. Dave earned a B.A. in political science from the University of Northern Iowa, taught American history, government, economics , and debate, earned an M.S. in Urban & Regional Planning from Iowa State University, and served as Director of Governmental Relations for the Iowa League of Municipalities for 12 years. He taught public administration at DMACC, volunteered at On With Life Brain Injury Facility, coached Little League, loved to play chess with his children and grandchildren, and helped the Boy Scouts with camping, Pinewood Derby competitions, and father-son cake bakes. He is survived by his wife Shirley, two sons Andrew & Jim, and Jim's wife Sarah and their children, Aria & Malcolm, his brother Roger (Mary), his sister Cindy (Dave Loebach) -- and many loved nephews, nieces, relatives, and friends. He enjoyed discussing politics & philosophy with his sisters-in-law Lucy & Barb & his in-law cousins around the country. Dave enjoyed giving big hugs to his father-in-law and mother-in-law, John & Doris Hansen. He liked westerns, including John Wayne, Waterhole #3, & Hallelujah Trail, all of which he watched many times. Dave & his wife Shirley liked Johnny Cash concerts, Roger Miller songs, and classical music. Dave was hard to beat at chess. He had many dear friends in AA, of which he was a member for the last 24 years. He was a great friend to many people, and we were happy to have him for 74 years in this earthly sphere of the multiverse.