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Richard Lyle VanLangen
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Richard Lyle VanLangen was born on December 9, 1936 in Hamilton county to Benhard and Ethelyn (Richardson) VanLangen. He graduated from Kamrar High School in 1955 and started farming with his father. Rich also had a corn shelling and trucking business. He met June Stuhmer at Gilligan’s restaurant in Webster City where she was a waitress. They were married on May 26, 1957 and moved to the family farm in Ellsworth, which was homesteaded by his ancestors in 1858 and is now a designated Heritage Farm. He also has two designated Century Farms. In addition to working the family farm, he raised cattle and hogs and sold Funk G Hybrid seed corn. He was also co-manager at Jewell Distributing with June for many years. Rich was on the Ellsworth/Williams Telephone Co-op board, the Jewell Golf Course board and the Ellsworth Telephone Co-op board. After retiring in 1996, he continued to help on the family farm, where he enjoyed running the combine, and also helped at Grandma June’s Café, where June was his boss. Some of Rich’s favorite activities included golf, hosting cream can feeds for friends and family and eating breakfast at Hardee’s every morning.
Rich passed away April 30, 2017 at Israel Family Hospice House in Ames at the age of 80.
Those remaining to cherish his memory include his wife of 60 years, June of Jewell; two sons, Doug (Konni) VanLangen of Ellsworth and Charles VanLangen of Jewell; a daughter, Darla Delehoy of Phoenix, AZ; six grandchildren, Ceara, Shea, Nick, Tana, Colin and Emma; and four great-grandchildren with another one on the way: Charlotte (Charlie), Hallie and Kasen and Brantley and a brother, Leland VanLangen.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Scott VanLangen; a daughter-in-law, Lorna (Ehlert) VanLangen and two grandsons, Travis James and Tjay Scott.
Memorials can be made to Jewell Fire and Rescue and Israel Family Hospice House.


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5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Elim Lutheran Church

350 4th
Randall, Iowa 50231

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5

May

10:00 AM - 10:40 AM
Elim Lutheran Church

350 4th
Randall, Iowa 50231

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5

May

11:15 AM - 11:20 AM
Homewood Cemetery

3173 Ubben Avenue
Ellsworth, Iowa 50075

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Homewood Cemetery

3173 Ubben Avenue
Ellsworth, Iowa 50075

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