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Brad Long

Aug 2nd, 1978 - May 9th, 2024

Memorial Ceremony: 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, 2024, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora

Visitation: 1-2 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home

Private interment will take place in Orchard Hill Cemetery, Louisville. 


      Bradley Charles Long, age 45, of St. Louis, Missouri, passed away Thursday afternoon, May 9, 2024.

      He was born August 2, 1978, in Mattoon, Illinois, the son of Phillip and Joan (Wilson) Long.

      Brad lived a full life and enjoyed a variety of activities.  While at Du Quoin high school, he played drums in the band and was a member of the speech and drama team.  He graduated with a master’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of Illinois, where he was a member and house manager for the chemistry fraternity, Alpha Chi Sigma.  He also participated in a variety of sports, including tennis, which he played with his father, mother, and brother, and, more recently, disc golf.  Brad worked as an Oncology Specialist Scientist for Illumina, Inc.

      His favorite television show was Game of Thrones, and he was a fan of survival shows, such as “Alone” and “Naked and Afraid.”  He regularly kayaked and camped along the Eleven Point River in southern Missouri.  His favorite activity was spending time with friends and family, including his Goddaughter, Hillary, who he spoiled.  He could be stern, however, like the time he told her she had to finish her pie before she could have ice cream.

      He is survived by his parents: Phillip and Joan Long of North Port, Florida; Goddaughter: Hillary Blasdel of Lebanon; best friend: Joe (Amy) Blasdel of Lebanon; aunts: Jean (Rick) Porter of Flora, Jill (Jon) Holman of Mt. Vernon, and Jane Mills (Norm Ross) of Pleasant Plains; and several cousins.

      He was preceded in death by his brother: Jeffery Wilson; maternal grandparents: Robert and Ruth Wilson; paternal grandparents: Milliard and Lucille Long; and an uncle: Charles (Ruth) Long.

      A memorial ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, 2024, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora.  Private interment will take place in Orchard Hill Cemetery, Louisville.  A visitation will be held from 1-2 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home.  Memorial donations are suggested to a college fund for the benefit of Hillary Blasdel.  To share a condolence or memory, visit: 


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Cathy Frye Clark

May 13th

So very sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Mark and Karen Wells

May 14th

Joan we don’t even know how to express how sad we are for you and Phil. Just know that we love you and are praying for strength and for you to feel God’s love and presence. Hugging you with our hearts Mark and Karen

Jan Thurn

May 14th

So sorry to hear of your son’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Steve and Janis Hubble

May 14th

Sending our sincerest condolences regarding the loss of your son. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Love and hugs

John & Joyce

May 14th

Joan, We are sorry for the loss of your son. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. John & Joyce Magliula

Sandra L. Dolan

May 14th

We are so sorry for your loss .Our prayers go out to your whole family. We love you and miss you. The Dolan's/Huvelmans,l

Rita Haines

May 14th

Joan, I’m so sorry for your loss. Please know my thought and prayers are with you and your family.

Brenda L Bandy

May 14th

Jean and family, we are so sorry you have lost your nephew. We are praying for all of you. We have you in our thoughts with love and are sending hugs. God be with you all. ❤️

Nancy Coutant

May 14th

Dear Joan and Phil, Sending sympathy and love at this terrible time. Nancy


May 14th

I am so sorry for your loss. Brad was a great scientist, teacher, colleague and friend. We will all miss you Brad. Rest in peace.

Paulette Maltese @ DMSI

May 14th

Joan, I am so sorry for you and your family's loss. Sending prayers.

Katelyn Michelini

May 14th

To all of Brad's family and friends, I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts, and prayers go out to all of you! Brad will forever be remembered. He was the most caring and thoughtful of friends. -Katelyn Michelini

Jeff Olsen

May 14th

My sincerest condolences to Brad’s family and friends. His Illumina family is heartbroken due to his passing. Brad was an incredibly smart and engaging field scientist. Customers and colleagues were lucky to be able to work with Brad. We will miss his humor and his passion for his work. Brad was always there for us if we needed to chat with someone about a tough question.

Roberta McLaughlin

May 14th

Dearest Joan and Phil, My sincerest condolences for your loss. Hold tight to all your beautiful memories and know that we are all here to support you during this more than difficult time. Sending the biggest hugs and prayers.

Illumina AMR Service & Support Team

May 14th

We were heartbroken to hear of Brad's passing, and I want to extend our deepest and most heartfelt condolences to you during this profoundly difficult time. Brad was a beloved member of our team here at AMR, cherished not only for his dedication and professionalism but also for his kindness, generosity, and the genuine warmth he brought into every room. His laughter and positive spirit uplifted all of us, and his absence is deeply felt. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We mourn with you and celebrate the wonderful life Brad lived. I hope you can find some comfort in knowing how much he was loved and how greatly he impacted those around him.t

Beth Eves

May 14th

To all of Brad's family and friends, mine and my husband's condolences. I knew Brad from AXE and it was great to get to know him at my time around the 2000's. So sorry to see him go.

Danice Jones Utley

May 15th

I'm so sorry for your loss! My deepest sympathies and condolences to all of Brad's family. I went to school with Brad in Du Quoin

Randy and Marlene Nolte

May 15th

Our hearts are with you, Phil , Joan and family. We hope your sorrow will be lessened with the love and support from your caring family and many friends. With love ❤️

Sheila, Tom, Lindsey, Cullen, and Calen Howell

May 15th

Sarah hanner needham

May 16th

I went to school with Brad. He was a great guy he was funny and sweet. Im so sorry for your loss prayers for family and friends

Mary Sefton Saras

May 17th

Joan & Phil, I can't imagine your pain. Just know that you are loved.

Lila Snow

May 17th

Joan, my heart aches for the pain you are feeling. "Sorry" feels so inadequate. It does not express how I would like to hug you. How the loss of a child is unbearable. How sad I am.


May 19th

Very sorry to hear of your loss. Brad was a great guy and colleague and will be sorely missed.

Philip gibbs

May 20th

I’m sorry to hear this news. A lot of good memories growing up with Brad! He will be missed. Family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers.

Tennille Hamilton Wanner

May 26th

I am incredibly sorry to hear about your loss. Brad was such a talented and smart individual. Praying for your family.



Larry Frost
Wayne Eastin & Diane Johnson
Joanne Hillderbrand Rogers
Don, Jane and Darren Delaney
Micheal W &Kristal G Engelmeier
Marilyn Stanford
Nancy Weidner
Paul and Amy Durbin
Flock Family
Kari Halbig Bonner
Casey &Debra Eastin
Steve and Janis Hubble
Troy&Kim and Carson Welty
Diane Kampwerth
Rita Haines
Randy and Sharon Beasley
Esther Walker
Phil and Kathy Phelps
Mark &Karen Jones
Carl and Brenda Bandy
Roberta McLaughlin
Illumina AMR Service & Support Team
Peggy Coble
Dan & Cheri Gill
Roger and Cindy Bonham


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