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Mark W. Long, 70, of Jackson, Ohio, surrounded by his family, passed away on Sunday evening, October 29, 2017, at Four Winds Community. He was born on April 19, 1947, in Wellston, Ohio, to the late William Long, Jr. and Jeanne Bentine Long Foglesong. He was a 1965 graduate of Wellston High School and was a music enthusiast for rock songs from the 1960's and 1970's. He was one of the original members of the Apollos, a local band, along with members Joe Click, John Jones, Larry Martin, and John Pelletier. They played many gigs at the street dances held in front of the former Teen Town in Wellston. Mark was a U.S. Army veteran in infantry and was in Korea during the Viet-Nam era. He retired from the Atomic Plant in 1996, where he was an engineer. He was a well known local historian with his expertise in mining, railroads, and archaeology. He was in the process of writing a book about these subjects at the time of his death. In his spare time he enjoyed hiking and collecting arrowheads and Civil War, WWI, and WWII memorabilia. He was a Benefactor Member of the NRA, a member of OGCA, a member of the Ohio Archaeology Society, and a member of the Hope United Methodist Church of Wellston. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his step-father, Donald Foglesong, and his aunt and uncle, Anna Lou Bentine Crossin and Walter Crossin. He is survived by his daughter, Kelly Ann Newell ( Clint) of Wellston; two grandchildren, William Newell-Sowash of Athens, Ohio , and Michaella Newell of Wellston; former wife, Judy Norton Hollingshead ( James) of Wellston; and nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends at the Jenkins Funeral Chapel in Wellston on Friday from 4 until 7 P.M. A celebration of life service will begin at 7 P.M. with John Pelletier CLP officiating. A memorial graveside service will be held Monday at 2 P.M. at the Ridgewood Cemetery in Wellston with John Pelletier officiating and military honors by Post #371 of Wellston and DAV Chapter 45. The family suggests memorial contributions in his name be made to the Jackson Historical Society, 605 East Main St., Jackson, Ohio, 45640, or to the Wellston Historical Association, P.O. Box 631, Wellston, Ohio,45692.
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