Dirk Herbert Long

Dirk Herbert LongDirk Herbert Long, 55, Kailua-Kona Hawaii died April 10, 2013 at the Kona Community Hospital. Born in Pittsfield, Ill., March 6 1958 the son of Richard Leon and Ina Nadean Spann Long, he was the owner of American Housing in Japan.

Dirk was a well-liked and respected builder, erecting everything from log cabins to hospitals on two continents. He was locally famous for his self-built home in Komatsu City Yasatodai Ishikawa-Ken Japan, where his home was awarded “Best Home in the City.” A constant stream of cars would drive past his house during Decembers to view his Christmas decorations. Local television stations would air pictures and videos of the decorated home on nightly news brodcasts.

He is survived by his mother and step father, Nadean Fisher and Ike Fisher of Tonasket; sisters, Sherri Thomas and Ronni Sandoval of Tonasket, and sister Christine Richie of Spokane; brothers, Steve Long of Stringer Miss. and Mark Long of Taylorsville Miss., former wife Chiyoko Long of Yasatodai Japan. Dirk is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, step-brothers and step-sisters throughout the U.S. Dirk will be sadly missed by friends and family.

Private services will be held at a later date.

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4 Responses to Dirk Herbert Long

  1. Steve VanDerschelden May 30, 2013 at 9:40 pm #

    Wow this is a shock. Dirk was always one of my friends back home even after he left. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Dirk my friend you will be missed.

  2. Ruth Farley Moore May 30, 2013 at 10:27 pm #

    Thats too bad. Last time i saw Dirk we were shooting pool and getting messed up. I had no idea he went to Japan and built houses. R I P

  3. Steve VanDerschelden May 30, 2013 at 11:18 pm #

    Yeah Ruth Farley Moore I remember a lot of parties with Dirk at the house by the river.

  4. Reizel Long Beatty October 20, 2013 at 2:49 am #

    Shout out to my Uncle Dirk – I thought we had so much time left. I miss him so much I don't even know what to say. I'm stoked to see the comments of fond memories! I don't have any memory of the "messed up Dirk", to me he was so grounded and intelligent. So many things I never got to ask. He knew my mom better than anyone, but I thought a day would come when we would sit down and he could tell me all about her. But, I'm so grateful for the time we had. <3

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