New York - Kevin Furlong, longtime Toshiba sales executive, died Friday in his home in Loudon, Tenn., from complications due to Alzheimer's disease. Furlong was 75.
Furlong is survived by his wife Barbara, daughter Melissa, son-in-law Emmett, grandson Bryce, his mother-in-law Eudena Kirkham, and a sister-in-law and her husband, Rebecca and Harold Payne, of Greencastle, Ind.
Furlong began his professional career as a home appliance salesman at Amana, earning the nickname "Mr. Microwave." He held various senior executive positions in the consumer electronics industry, retiring as buying group sales director from Toshiba America in 2004.
After his retirement, the Furlongs left northern New Jersey and retired to Tellico Village in Loudon.
Furlong graduated from the University of Iowa in 1959, after playing halfback on two Big 10 championship football teams. He also played in two Rose Bowls. He was an all-city, all-state halfback for Redford St. Mary's High School in Detroit, helping to win city championships. He also played baseball, winning a state championship.
A memorial mass will be celebrated Thursday, April 26, at St. Thomas The Apostle Catholic Church in Lenoir City, Tenn., at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial donations made in his name to Kids First Child Advocacy Center, 9th Judicial District, P. O. Box 928, Lenoir City, TN 37771.
is handling all arrangements.