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Born on July 10, 1915, in Suisun, he was the 13th of 16 children born to Go and Shee Long. He graduated from Winters High School, where he was a star all-around athlete.
Drafted into the U.S. Army, he served with distinction in thin the 184th Infantry Regiment from 1941 to 1945, reaching the rank of staff sergeant. For his service in the Aleutian Islands and the Pacific Theater, he was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the American Defense Service Medal, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon and three Bronze Stars.
For several years he was the owner and chef of a restaurant and manager of the Buckhorn Bar in Winters, retiring in 1979. Following retirement, Henry continued to be active and enjoyed the camaraderie of students, staff and faculty at UC Davis. He joined UC Davis in Grounds and Landscaping, where he received several commendations and retired again in 1984.
Henry was a devoted husband, a loving father and a loyal friend. He cherished his family and friends above everything else, and was a generous man. He worked hard for his family and modeled for them the traits of a caring and understanding father. His children take great pride in what an extraordinary father he was to them, and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
His caring extended to everyone who was fortunate to come into his life including, most recently, his friends at Covell Gardens where Henry oriented and aided residents as an informal ambassador. He was beloved by all. Henry was one of those unforgettable individuals whose lessons of life will continue to impact us all and remain in our hearts forever.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Annie Long; six brothers, Willie, Bill, Albert, George, Harold and Howard; and seven sisters, Eva Joe, Mildred Fernandez, May Foo, Mary Wong, Ivy Fong, Grace Shun and Gertrude Jang.
Survived by his daughter, Karen Eilers (Carl); sons Timothy (Aurelia), Richard (Mary) and Gerald (Barbara); grandchildren Sarah Lee Kong (Richard), Ricky Long (Abby), Erica Batara (Chris), Anthony Long and Kristin Long; great-grandson Ethan Batara; and sisters Lorraine Lee (Robert) and Margaret Kan (Hank).
A viewing will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, at Wiscombe's Funeral Home, 116 D St. in Davis. A memorial mass begins at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 6, at St. James Catholic Church, 1275 B St. in Davis, followed by burial at Winters Cemetery and a reception at St. Anthony's Parish Hall, 455 Main St. in Winters (at Grant and Main streets).
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to EDAPT, UC Davis Department of Psychiatry, 2230 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95817 or Yolo Hospice, 1909 Gallileo Court, Davis, CA 95616.
Karen and Boys. So sorry to hear about your Dad. He was a very special person. I remember eating at your house in Dixon one night and he cooked the best meal. Take Care Karen. I'm back in Gualala. I lost my husband last month. I'm thinking of you. Take Care Judy Mosier Hubert
Judy Mosier Hubert Dec 8 2010 12:00 AM