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James Long biography: 10 things about De Soto, Missouri man


James B. “Jim” Long was a resident of Missouri, United States. Here are 10 more things about him:

  1. He is Zelma L. Long‘s husband.
  2. He grew up in St. Louis County. As a boy, he learned farming from his grandparents.
  3. He enjoyed hunting. He was also a top bowler in Jefferson County, Missouri.
  4. As an adult, he initially drove a truck route delivering candy, tobacco and other products door-to-door. He later owned a café, a service station and a liquor store for many years, which was around a mile from his house in De Soto, Jefferson County.
  5. He was 2 years older than Zelma. They both loved competitive fishing.
  6. He and Zelma have four daughters namely Linda Long, Angela Long, Christine Long and Laura Long, three sons namely James Paul Long, William Long and Martin Long, 15 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
  7. After marrying Zelma on June 11, 1947, he built a two-bedroom home for them on Long Road in De Soto. As they raised seven children, he built additions to the home.
  8. On June 11, 1996, he and Zelma celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary. After the celebration, their children started planning a big surprise for their 50th wedding anniversary.
  9. On July 8, 1996, siblings Carman L. Deck, Jr. and Tonia Cummings knocked on their door at their De Soto house, asking for directions to Laguna Palma reservoir in De Soto. Zelma invited the siblings inside and he drew them a map. Deck pulled a gun and demanded money. Zelma retrieved her bingo money worth around $200 from her purse in the kitchen and he offered to write Deck a check. The couple also gave Deck a tin canister with quarters. Still, Deck shot him and then Zelma in the back of their heads and robbed them of $400.
  10. He died at the age of 69.
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