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 John Raymond Longley, Sr

John Raymond Longley, Sr

Birth
Meigs County, Tennessee, USA
Death 9 Oct 2007 (aged 93)
Porterville, Tulare County, California, USA
Burial Tulare, Tulare County, California, USA
Memorial ID 22187080 · View Source
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Son of: John Marion & Eliza Jane Longley
H/O Paula Longley
2 sons: Dr. Karl Longley & John R. Longley, Jr.
5 siblings, survived by brother: Herbert Longley
4 grandchildren: Eleanor-Jane Hampton; Ruthie Alekseyev; Paularae LeBaron; Capt. John R. Longley III


Ray attended Porterville High School and Porterville College. During the Great Depression, Ray's work included working for the McComber Pack Station near Quaking Aspens, where he packed tourists on horses into the backcountry, an experience that instilled in Ray a life-long love of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. When the U.S. entered World War II, Ray answered our nation's call and was commissioned in 1942 as an officer in the Army Air Corps. During his time-in-service, Ray attended Officer Candidate School at Miami Beach, Florida and was stationed in Victorville, California. While a Captain, Ray was sent to Guam and Okinawa.

When the War ended, Ray returned to the Valley and farmed cotton and plum-prunes, raised registered short-horn cattle, and operated his own dairy. Also, Ray taught in the agriculture department at the College of the Sequoias in Visalia. While in his 30's, Ray was elected to the Joint Porterville High School and Junior College Board (now Porterville Community College). While on the Board, Ray was instrumental in moving the college from the Porterville High School Campus to a campus of its own.


Photo: 1st. Lt. John R. Longley, Sr. in 1942...WW II (at desk, with pipe), pic with him and his wife, Paula and one with his young son, Karl. Photo of John R. Longley, Jr. and wife, Theresa.


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Betty C. Richardson
  • Added: 14 Oct 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 22187080
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Raymond Longley, Sr (24 Mar 1914–9 Oct 2007), Find A Grave Memorial no. 22187080, citing Tulare Cemetery, Tulare, Tulare County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .