Obituary of Michael Long
Michael “Gordo” Long died at 3:40 p.m. on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at Indianapolis Methodist Hospital after a two week illness. He was born July 23, 1956 in Lafayette, Indiana to Bill and Lois Long. He was active in sports through high school and played for the Lafayette Generals (National Amateur Football League) 1976 championship team.
Gordo was a wood artisan and often focused on restoration of older homes. His talent and passion for historical preservation was fueled by work on his parents’ Victorian home in Lafayette (720 S. 9th St.), the home in which he grew up. He insisted the house be painstakingly stripped of its many layers of paint and repainted, not sided. The project took over two years and has stood the test of nearly 35 years. This is only one example of his masterful work, and Gordo will be remembered for using his talents to serve many who were in need of home repairs and restoration. His many friends share stories of his work on homes and businesses in downtown Indianapolis, but his work stretched to such places as Boston, London, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Belize.
Gordo loved gourmet cooking and sharing the cuisine with his friends. He appreciated art and music and was responsible for organizing some of the most memorable celebrations incorporating live music, great food and fellowship since the 1980’s. His favorite band, the Ragin’ Texans, dedicated their shows to him in their hometown Bloomington on June 16 and 17. He developed whole communities of friends in several parts of the country. He led a large and colorful life with a big heart and was honest and forthright. No one had to guess what he was thinking!
Michael (most often known only as “Gordo”) was predeceased by his father, Bill; older brother, David; and great-nephew, Callaway. He will be greatly missed by his surviving mother, Lois; sister, Jeralyn (David) Faris; brothers, Patrick (Tere), Noblesville, Indiana, and Jim, Indianapolis. He also had 21 nieces and nephews and 42 great nephews and nieces.
A Memorial Service will be held at the Reformed Presbyterian Church, 1723 S. 9th St., Lafayette, IN on Monday, June 26 at 7:00 p.m. Officiating will be Gordo’s nephews, James Faris and David Hanson. Memorial contributions may be given to the YMCA at the Anthenaeum, 401 E. Michigan St., Indianapolis, IN 46204, www.indymca.org. or AA.