John E. Long\nHorseheads, NY \npassed away on October 17, 2023 at the age of 52. John was born on November 12, 1970 in Altoona, PA, son of the late Earl and Rosemary Rohaley Long. John is also pre-deceased by his infant sister Maureen Long. \n\nHe is survived by his wife of 29 years, Stacey Carman Long; children, Sydney, Benjamin and Kathryn Long; brother, Paul (Janice) Long; sisters, Barbara (Dan) Minielli, Laura (John) Fraser; sister-in-law, Jennifer (Don) Bartlow; nieces and nephews, Olivia, Stella, Hayden, Frank and Vinnie. \n\nJohn was a devoted husband, father, brother, uncle, and a dear friend. His children were his pride and joy. He enjoyed exposing them to art, music, literature, history and movies and supporting them in their education and athletic endeavors. A kind and gentle soul, he also doted on the family pets.\n\nHe grew up on a family farm in Patton, PA and used that experience to shape a 30 year career as an agricultural economist where he worked for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Washington DC, Maryland, and Maine. For the past 10 years he ran his own consulting business Long Watershed Planning and Economics, where he supported conservation projects across numerous states. He was a graduate of Penn State University, where he met the love of his life and future wife, Stacey. He also completed masters-level coursework at both the University of Maryland and University of Maine. \n\nJohn enjoyed cheering on Pittsburgh sports teams, especially Penguins hockey, Steelers football, and Pirates baseball, as well as Penn State Nittany Lions football where he was a season ticket holder. \n\nJohn enjoyed cooking for his family, and was the primary daily chef making sure tasty and nutritious meals were available for the family. He took pride in passing down family recipes from Hungary and Germany, as well as trying new recipes across many types of cuisine. He was a movie buff, avid reader, and also dabbled in pencil drawing and writing short stories and poetry in his spare time. Music was also a passion, where he enjoyed both home listening and also going to concerts - everything from classical to punk-rock genres. He especially enjoyed listening to the rock musician Bob Mould, where he had gone to more than 20 concert performances across the US and even Europe. \n\nHe enjoyed travel and family vacations, taking many trips across the US to see National Parks and many other international destinations. He often sought out lighthouses and towers during travels, always hopeful to take his kids to climb up to the top to enjoy the views. \n\nJohn always tried to remain positive, even through the hardest times. His generous spirit, warm embraces, thoughtful words, and pride in his family will be an everlasting memory. John was also an organ donor, his final parting gifts have been used to extend and improve life for many others. \n\nThe family will welcome relatives and friends to Sullivan’s Funeral Home, 365 E. Franklin St., at Rt. 13, Horseheads, NY on Saturday, October 21, 2023 from 1:30-2:30 PM with his Funeral Service to follow with Pastor Paul Sartori.