EAST PALESTINE - Billy "Shorty" Longanecker, 85, died Monday at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.
Mr. Longanecker was born Sept. 30, 1927 in Salem, a son of William and Nellie Minner Longanecker and had lived in this area all of his life.
Billy was a heavy equipment operator for 40 years and had worked for Mesmer Coal Company in North Lima.
His wife, the former Margaret Geffert, whom he married Aug. 22, 1958, died Dec. 8, 2005.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Van Dyke-Swaney-Rettig Funeral Home, East Palestine with Pastor Kari Lankford officiating. Burial will follow in Oakdale Cemetery. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.