Barr Memorial Chapel obituary – Stephen Wallace Long, 65, Fort Madison


Stephen Wallace Long, 65, of Fort Madison, Iowa died Sunday, September 18, 2022 at 2:10 am at the Southeast Iowa Regional Medical Center, Fort Madison, Iowa.  He was born October 24, 1956, a son of Robert and Sherrill (Rings) Long in Fort Madison.  He married Jeanine Breuer, they later divorced.  On November 3, 1989, he married Julie Ilmberger.  She survives.

Steve attended Fort Madison High School and graduated in 1974 from Aquinas High School.  He was an engineer with BNSF, retiring in 2016 after 40 years of service.  He was a member of Holy Family Parish and the Knights of Columbus.  He enjoyed boating, fishing, camping, and watching sports. He was an avid Iowa State Cyclone fan, St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan, and Arizona Cardinals football fan.  In the past he was a bowler and golfer.  Most important to Steve was his family.  He loved family vacations and attending the many sporting and other activities of his kids and grandchildren.

He was survived by his wife, Julie Long of Fort Madison; his mother, Sherrill (her husband Larry)  Sallen of Fort Madison; four children: Amanda Brown of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, Michelle (Greg) McRoberts of St. Charles, Missouri, Nichole (Jess) Zinnert of Keokuk, Iowa and Kevin W. Long of Fort Madison; seven grandchildren: Samantha, Danielle, Van, Ayla, Charlotte, Oliver, and Gavin; two brothers, R. David Long of Des Moines, Iowa and Michael (Cindy) Long of Ankeny, Iowa; brothers/sisters-in-law: Mike Smith of Eldora, Iowa, Mark (Dale) Ilmberger of Wever, Joe (Rosie) Ilmberger of Wever, Mary (Pat) Scott of Wever, Jennie (David) Tatum of West Virginia; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert; son, Ryan Brown; sister, Renee Smith, and his mother/father-in-law, Celestine and Bernard Ilmberger. 

Steve’s family will greet friends from 3:00 - 5:00 pm Friday, September 23, 2022 at the Barr Memorial Chapel, Fort Madison.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, September 24, 2022 at Ss. Mary and Joseph Catholic Church, Holy Family Parish, Fort Madison, with Reverend Joseph Phung as Celebrant.  In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established, contributions may be left during the services or mailed to Barr Memorial Chapel, 1919 Ave F, Fort Madison, Iowa 52627.  Barr Memorial Chapel is honored to serve the Long family and an online guest book may be found at

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