David Byron Longcoy

Born Feb. 17, 1901, he was the son of David M. and Mary (Dahl) Longcoy. He was a descendant of an early Kent family.

A 1919 graduate of Kent High School, he worked as a telegrapher on the Erie Railroad in Kent. He also worked for many years at the Longcoy Grocery Store in downtown Kent, which he owned from 1946 until 1951. He was a guard at the Ravenna Arsenal during World War II.

Mr. Longcoy moved to Streetsboro after his marriage to Gladys Ferguson Eldridge and lived there until her death in 1983. He worked for the Ohio Highway Department during the initial phases of the construction of the Ohio Turnpike. In 1995, he moved to Stow-Glen.

In Kent, he was a member of the Kent Area Chamber of Commerce and active in civic affairs. He later was active in the Kent Historical Society, the Pioneer Cemetery and the Kelso House in Brimfield.

While living In Streetsboro, he was a member of City Council, served for a short time as acting mayor, was a member of the Streetsboro Planning Commission and was active in the Streetsboro Area Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Longcoy enjoyed the outdoors and participated in wildlife education projects for the Ohio Division of Wildlife. Many of the evergreens in the Kent area were grown in a nursery in his back yard on East Main Street.

On Sept. 30, 1911, Mr. Longcoy was witness to the original landing in Kent of the airplane Vin Fizz from the rooftop of his house on Hudson Road. On Sept. 24, 1986, a replica of the plan landed on the old Boettler farm north of Kent, and Mr. Longcoy met the pilot and signed his name to the airplane wing.

Survivors include his daughter, Mrs. John (Jean) Jacobs of Suffield and Mrs. John (Mary Lou) Martin of Kent; six grandchildren; five great- grandchildren; sisters, Mrs. M.C. (Beatrice) LaDu of Tavares, Fla.,and Jeanette Good Mack of Kent. His first wife, Zula (Zeppernick), whom he married in 1926, died in 1946. His brother, Edward, died in 1993.

Visitation will take place on hour before services at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the United Methodist Church of Streetsboro. The Rev. Clark Stein will officiate. Burial will be in Standing Rock Cemetery in Kent. Arrangements were made by Bissler & Sons Funeral Home in Kent.

Memorials may be made to the Streetsboro or Kent historical societies or the American Cancer Society.

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