Ruth Ellen Long


Ruth Ellen Long, 76, passed away Friday, June 23, 2017, at her home in Indianapolis.

She was born Jan. 6, 1941.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, Mayme and Edwin Pass, and her brothers John Pass and Jim Pass.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Kenneth D. Long; daughters Deborah Ellen Turley (Brian) of Greenwood and Laura Ann Shears of Okemos, Michigan; brothers, Joseph Pass, Thomas Pass and sister Carol Vogt (Bill); grandsons, Eric F. Deem (Brooke) and Kenneth L. Stark, granddaughters, Samantha Shears, Allison Shears and Joey Shears; great-granddaughter Mackenzie Ellen Deem; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Because of their keen interest in running activities, Ruth and her husband started Runners Forum, a specialty store for runners and walkers. After 10 years the business was sold and Ken Long & Associates was formed to devote full time to competitive runs and walks and coaching programs.

Ruth’s motto throughout her cancer was to “Keep Calm & Carry On.”

Cremation arrangements have been made through Indiana Funeral Care and Crematory. There will be no services. Donations may be made to Southside Animal Shelter of Indianapolis.

Although she has just reached the finish line of her last race, she is now at another starting line.