Robert “Bob” T. Lang of Braham, MN died Friday, January 11, 2008 at the Grandview Christian Home in Cambridge. He was 78 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICES 11:00 AM on Wednesday, January 16th at Braham Ev. Lutheran Church. Visitation 6-8 Tuesday, January 15 at Rock-Ingebrand Funeral Home. Interment at Rice Lake Cemetery.
Robert Thomas Lang of Braham, MN died Friday, January 11, 2008 at the Grandview Christian Home in Cambridge. He was 78 years old. Robert was born one of twin brothers, to Clifford and Gertrude (Hill) Lang, in Rapid City, SD on February 18, 1929. He and his family moved to Lead, SD in 1931. His father died in 1932 and his mother took over the business while her mother took over the household.
Bob graduated from Lead High School in 1947 and attended South Dakota State University. He married Dorothy Doscher in 1951. He graduated from Black Hills State University in 1953 and taught nine months in McFadden, WY before entering the Army. After two years of service in El Paso, TX he taught in Wakonda, SD for six years. During this time he attended the University of SD, receiving a Masters’ Degree in Speech & Dramatic Arts.
In June of 1963 he and Dorothy moved to Braham, MN where he and his brother bought and operated Braham Lumber Co. Bob retired after 29 years. His gift from God was his sense of humor, which all of his friends and family enjoyed. He enjoyed: golfing, being a lifelong member of the Purple Hawk Country Club, acting in numerous plays both in the community and in the cities; but his first love was bowling! “Bowling Bob,” was an active member of the Amateur Bowling Tournament which met weekly in the cities. He won the tournament three different times. He was a member of Braham Fire Department for 26 years, retiring in 1992.
Bob developed Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in 1992 and was in remission until the time of his death. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2004.
In 2006 he was named Isanti County Outstanding Senior Citizen. He turned his backyard into a flower garden called the Glory Garden – for people to enjoy and put flowers on the altar on his church, from May to October. He was financially able to ensure that a new addition to Trinity Episcopal Church of Hinckley was made possible. Bob loved being the mascot for the Braham Bombers Class AA State Basketball Champions for ’04, ’05, & ’06.
Bob is survived by his wife of 56 years, Dorothy; sister, Phyllis Lang of Lead, SD; brother, Roger and wife Flo of Florida; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Gertrude Lang; and maternal grandmother, Mary Trembath.
Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at Braham Evangelical Lutheran Church with the Rev. Kathryn Jeffrey officiating, assisted by Gene Pugh and Dennis Harker. Music provided by Elaine Johnson. Pallbearers: Dayton Lang, Jason VanTassel, Paul Sanborn, Fran McGivern, Mike Flynn and Don Holmquist. Honorary Pallbearers were: Jan Muntes, Gene Nelson, Tom Habermann, Allen Lotsberg, Bill Autio, Elvera Peterson, Waldo Randall, Bayliss Swanson and the Braham Basketball Teams of 2004, 2005 and 2006. Interment at Rice Lake Cemetery.
Memorials are preferred to the Braham Athletic Association.
Arrangements were handled by the Rock-Ingebrand Funeral Home in Braham, MN.