Jeffrey Michael Long

Jeffrey Michael Long, 68, of Leawood, Kansas, took the hand of the angels on May 18, 2013 at the Kansas City Hospice House.

He was born March 26, 1945 in Los Angeles, CA, son of Connie and Gene Long. Growing up in California, he loved the ocean and the mountains.

Jeff married Karen Syverud, the love of his life on May 20, 1972 in California. They moved to Leawood in 1987 to open the Ringler Associates Kansas City Office. Jeff retired in 2010, turning the business over to his son, Ryan. He was President of the Board of Directors of Brookridge Country Club where he met friends who became a second family to Jeff and his family. Upon retirement, Jeff became a Starter and Marshall at Brookridge. He enjoyed golf, camping, traveling, fishing and sharing time with friends.

Jeff was predeceased by his parents and his sister, Kelly. He is survived by his wife, Karen, son Ryan and his wife, Kristin and their family, Parker and Connor of Overland Park and his daughter, Cori and husband Matt Gillispie and their family, Drew and Alli of Shawnee. He is also survived by his brothers, Gene of Boca Raton, Fl and Dan of Chico, CA, his sister, Kathy Long of Huntington Beach, CA and his extended family in California.

Jeff’s grandchildren were the twinkle in his blue eyes and they adored their Papa. He was a selfless person, always ready to help other people and listen to their needs. He had a wonderful sense of humor that lasted through out his courageous journey. Jeff and Karen were fortunate enough to travel the world, play golf in Scotland and watched many sunsets over several oceans.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 am, Thursday, May 23, 2013 at Church of the Nativity, 3800 West 119th St., Leawood, KS 66209. A Celebration of Life will be held immediately following the Mass at Brookridge Golf and Fitness, 8223 W. 103rd Street, Overland Park, KS 66212. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to KC Hospice House, 12000 Wornall Rd or to the Prostate Cancer Foundation,


  1. Joe Gravino on May 23, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Dear Karen, Ryan & family,

    As a parent, those in life who are kind and helpful to my children earn a special place in my heart.

    While I knew Jeff from Brookridge and always enjoyed his company, his biggest impact on me came in the form of Ryan. Ryan was my daughter Nicole’s golf instructor when she was barely a teenager. We can tell what a great father and person Jeff must have been by his contribution to the outstanding person we found in Ryan.

    Jeff’s impact on others extended beyond his immediate reach.

    I can only hope to leave such a legacy when it is my time.

  2. Tom and Barbara Gray on May 22, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Dear Karen and family,
    Please accept our deepest condolences on Jeff’s passing. He will always be in our hearts and one of the fond memories of a good friend we met through golf. He always had a kind word and sense of humor and will be missed so much.
    Your friends, Tom and Barbara Gray

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