Garol B. Longan, Miami, died Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at his rural Miami home with his family at his side. He was 83.
Garol was born in Peoria, Okla. to Jake and Mable (Davis) Longan.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Gene Longan and Garland “Duke” Longan, and sister, Geraldine Schroeder.
After graduation, Garol joined the Air Force in 1952 and served four years. He obtained a Masters degree from Northeastern State University, retiring as a counselor with the State of Oklahoma Vocational Rehab office located on the NEO A&M campus. Garol was an accomplished pianist and played professionally with a number of area bands including Max Brown and the Fantastics. After retiring, he played at Shangri-La resort. He was thrilled when he had an occasion to play with Bob Wills' Texas Playboys.
Garol was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Quapaw, which later merged with Miami Lodge #140. He was also a member of the American Legion.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Arlene (Sturgis), sons Randy and wife Lottie of Miami, and Kevin Mark Longan, Vietnam.
He will be missed by his four adoring grandchildren, Misty Goins and husband Chris, Christopher Longan, Shanna Loehr and husband Andrew, and Jocelyn Longan. Three great-grandchildren, Bradley Jones, Aden Chaires and Hannah Loehr, and special nieces and nephews.
Garol's celebration of life will be held in early spring.