Obituary: Duane Longfellow

Duane Edmond Longfellow, 87, passed away on Saturday, April 2, 2016, after a long battle with Alzheimer's.

He was born May 28, 1928, in Lovell, Wyo., to Lulu (Edmonds) and Alva E. Longfellow. He grew up in Lovell and was the youngest of 6 children.

Duane earned a B.A. degree in Theology from La Sierra College in 1958 and a Master of Divinity degree from Potomac University in 1959. He met his wife, Ruby Helen Bullock, at La Sierra and they were married on October 4, 1959. They were married for 56 years. Duane and Ruby had one child, Teresa Ann.

Duane's life was dedicated to God and he served as an ordained pastor of the Seventh-day Adventist church for 34 years. He pastored churches in Wisconsin, Wyoming, Indiana and Arizona.

Duane and Ruby moved to Kingman in 1990 where he pastored the Kingman Seventh-day Adventist Church and there he retired in 1993. His interests were geology, rock climbing, backpacking and basketball.

Duane was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, two sisters and daughter. He is survived by his wife, Ruby H. Longfellow, and his sister, Veta Mae Wenzel of Portland, Ore.

He will be remembered fondly for his gentleness, kindness and his dedication to God.

A memorial service will be held at the Kingman Seventh-day Adventist Church on April 16 at 2:30 p.m.

Elder Herman Baumann, former president of the Arizona Conference of Seventh-day Adventist, will conduct the service.

"But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 NKJV