Jeff Davis Long Jr.
Jeff Davis Long Jr. Born: June 2, 1948 Died: January 26, 2017 Jeff D Long Jr. (JD), age 68, passed away at home in Rockford on January 26th, 2017. Jeff was preceded by his parents, Jeff D. Long Sr. and Pearl Mable (Herriot) Long; wife Jackie (McElroy) Long (Feb. 16, 1950 - Jan. 25 2017); Brother, Laken Long; nephew, Terry Long. He is survived by sons, Griffin Long, Sean Long, Bryce Long; step daughter, Melissa Martindale; sister in law, Cibby Long; nephews, Vince Long, and Jason Long. He was united in marriage to Jackie (McElroy) Long on January 5, 1996 and they resided in Rockford, Illinois. Jackie and Jeff survived the Fairdale, Illinois tornado of 2015 and had relocated to Rockford where they were retired. Jeff had attended DeKalb High School In DeKalb IL. He joined the army and served two tours in Vietnam as a door gunner in a huey helicopter along with helicopter recovery and rescue missions. After multiple tours, Jeff returned home to continue service in the DeKalb, IL Fire Department, and served as Chief from June 20, 1986 through September 17, 1993 when he retired. As Jeff was a very private man, the family has already held a private service. In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials in care of the family to Julian-Poorman-Welte Funeral Home, 304 North 5th Street, Rockford, Illinois, 61107 or www.weltefuneral.com .
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