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Gale Harold Long

March 14, 1932 - June 14, 2017

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Gale Harold Long, age 85, died Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at his home in Frisco, Texas, surrounded by his family.

Born and raised in west Kansas, the son of Thomas Bryan (Red) and Leta Pearl Long, "Bubby" Gale was the oldest of ten children. His childhood years were filled with love and laughter. They didn't have much, but they had each other. He was sweet, studious and helped his mother with the younger siblings.

Bubby Gale graduated in 1950 from Dresden Community High School, spent 4 years in the United States...

Gale Harold Long, age 85, died Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at his home in Frisco, Texas, surrounded by his family.

Born and raised in west Kansas, the son of Thomas Bryan (Red) and Leta Pearl Long, "Bubby" Gale was the oldest of ten children. His childhood years were filled with love and laughter. They didn't have much, but they had each other. He was sweet, studious and helped his mother with the younger siblings.

Bubby Gale graduated in 1950 from Dresden Community High School, spent 4 years in the United States Marine Corps, then went onto obtain his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Utah and spent a year abroad studying at Paris-Sorbonne University. He attended The Ohio State University where he received the degree of Master of Arts in 1965 and then his degree of Doctor of Philosophy in 1972. While achieving his doctorate, Gale began a long and illustrious teaching career at the university level. He married while in Ohio and had three children. He moved his family to Monticello, Arkansas where he taught French at the University of Arkansas at Monticello until his retirement in 1998. He was the head of the Language Department for a time throughout his career as well as a student advisor for both his students and one of the fraternities at the university.

He loved his family and would be seen at every one of his children's events throughout their lives. His devotion to his children and grandchildren as well as his extended family have built a legacy which will always be treasured and maintained in their hearts.

Gale loved to read, paint, perform crosswords and cryptogram puzzles while occasionally checking the answers in the back of the puzzle book when stumped. He loved to shop for trinkets, building collections to fill not only his home, but the homes of his family. He loved to listen to Frank Sinatra while reading a good book. His favorite pastime was sitting on the front porch with a cup of coffee and a good book while keeping up with the goings-on in the neighborhood.

Gale was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Glen, Gary, and Gene. Gale is survived by three children: Melissa Cruz-Long and wife Katie, Vanessa Beard and husband Michael, David Long and wife Carmon. He also leaves behind three grandchildren, Justin Boykin and fiancé Lauren, Heather Stanaland and husband Steven, and Reece Cruz-Long; along with six siblings, Patty Moore, Peggy Carmen, Joy Richardson, Judy Goltl, Greg Long and Vicky Beeson. Gale also leaves many cousins, nieces and nephews and friends behind as he makes his next journey. His beautiful spirit touched so many hearts and brought so much joy to his family and friends. He will be missed by all.