Ted Long, 75 - March 14, 2007
Ted Long, 75, lifelong resident of North Platte, died Tuesday, March 6, 2007, at his home.
Christian wake services were held on Sunday, March 11, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with the Rev. James Golka as celebrant. Burial followed at Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell with graveside military honors.
Long was born on the family homestead northeast of North Platte on Feb. 5, 1932, to Charles and Margaret L. Horne Long. He attended grade school at the Long School and graduated from North Platte High School in 1950.
He entered the United States Army, serving in Korea. After his honorable discharge in 1953, he worked as a surveyor for the soil conservation unit.
On July 30, 1955, he married Margaret Hoatson at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sutherland.
He had worked as the art director for KNOP TV for 10 years before becoming a full-time artist and sculptor.
Long’s work includes a series of impressions depicting a unique time and place, the American frontier. He dedicated his life’s work to portraying the legacy of the Old West from his studio in North Platte.
When not creating, he spent much of his time researching sites and artifacts. Long’s mediums were oil and bronze, through which he created visions of the past with a romantic flair and a stark touch of realism. His attention to detail and accuracy set his work in a class by itself, according to family members.
Bronzes of Chief Standing Bear, residing at the Nebraska State Capitol in Lincoln, and Olympian Frank Shorter on the campus of the University of Colorado in Boulder, are among Long’s recent life-size sculptural projects.
Since 2002, when not at his easel, Long had been working on a series of seven larger-than-life bronzes for the 20th Century Nebraska Veterans Memorial. In 2004, his painting, “Winter in the Elk Horns” was selected for The ART in Embassies Program. This painting is now in the Embassy in Mongolia.
Long’s work has been published in The Haub Family Collection of Western Art, Western Painting Today, American Artist of Renown, and many other art publications and internet sites. His paintings and sculptures are displayed in galleries, museums and private collections throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.
In 1979, he won the Old West Trails Foundation—William F. Cody Art Award, and in 1984 and 1991, won the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum Permanent Collection Award. His work is in the Nebraska Museum of Art and Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, WY.
He was a charter member of the Western Artist of America and was instrumental in founding the Nebraskaland Days Art Show and the Old West Museum Art Show at Cheyenne Frontier Days. He was inducted into the North Platte High Distinguished Alumni and was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus Council No. 211.
Long was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Margaret.
Survivors include: his wife, Margaret of North Platte; daughters—Michaelene Long and Catherine (Shane Baker) Long, all of North Platte; sons—Thomas (Connie) Long of Gothenburg and Patrick (Kathy) Long of Elko, NV; a brother, Jim (Florence) Long of Buffalo, WY; two grandchildren—Trevor and Blair Golter; three great-grandchildren—Austin, Trenton and Aspen Golter.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to the 20th Century Veteran’s Memorial. Condolences may be shared online at: www.adamsswanson.com.