AKKERMAN INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA
Arthur Lang, of Mora, passed away on Saturday, August 8, 2020 at Welia Health in Mora. He was 92 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, August 14, 2020 at the St. Kathryn’s Catholic Church in Ogilvie with Fr. Derek Wiechmann officiating.
VISITATION will be held 1 hour prior to the service and the church.
INTERMENT will be held at 11:30 am on Monday, August 17, 2020 at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis- Assembly Area #2.
*Per the Governor’s Executive Order 20-81, the use of a face mask is now mandated in a public space. Please plan accordingly when you attend the upcoming visitation and service for Arthur.
Arthur Anthony Lang, of Mora, passed away on Saturday, August 8, 2020 at Welia Health in Mora. He was 92 years old.
Art was born on June 13, 1928 at home in North Minneapolis, MN to parents Benedict and Helen (Kardong) Lang. He was the 4th of 6 children. He attended school through the 10th grade and soon afterwards, He started a job with the City of Minneapolis where his dad then worked.
In 1950, at the age of 22, Art joined the Army during the Korean War. He was a Private First Class in the 461st Ammo Company. He was honorably discharged in 1956. Soon after his return home, he married Marion Hartman but their marriage was tragically cut short when she died while pregnant with their first child. Art continued working for the City of Minneapolis and traveled with his brothers’ families out west for the next few years.
In 1960, Art was given a second chance at love when he met Shirley Struckman, with a little help from his parents. She was about to enter the Convent of the Little Sisters of the Poor but God had other plans. They married three months later on November 26, 1960. Their first child Steven was born on Halloween in 1961 with nine others following in close succession (all thankfully outside of grouse hunting season!). By 1975 their family had grown to include 10 children (one of them adopted). They firmly believed children were a gift from God and their hearts were full.
Art retired from the City of Minneapolis at 47 with additional credit for his years of service in the US Army. Soon afterwards, He and Shirley started to get the bug to move to the country and in 1977, the Lang family moved to Mora, MN. No more were they limited to just rabbits, chickens, and ducks in their small backyard! They had a 110 acre farm to stretch out and enjoy. They promptly started their farm with pigs, chickens, horses, and Art’s beloved Jersey cows (which he and his 1st daughter Ginny milked by hand).
It was also in 1977 that Art took another job driving school bus for Mora Public Schools. He spent the next 22 years driving kids to and from school. He also spent time delivering things between the schools. He just really loved being around kids, and they loved him too! He retired from the school in 1999.
This time he truly did retire, letting himself enjoy what he truly loved, his family activities, farm, and hunting trips. Grouse hunting was looked forward to each fall since the North Star Sportsmen club was founded by the Lang Family in 1956. Over the years it grew to 19 family members- all men- the women got a break at home. Art was truly a “county man” at heart and he raised his children with an appreciation for the animal world, domesticated and wild.
Art put God first in his life and was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mora. He has a great love of music instilled in him by his parents and every time the Lang’s were together for holidays, weddings, or even funerals, you would be sure to hear their sweet harmonizing.
Art helped to build the first Vasaloppet trails in Mora. He continued his love for traveling, taking his family on day trips and eventually across the US. Art and Shirley’s ten children have mostly stayed close to home with a few building their lives across country. Their hearts swelled with pride for their children, many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Art was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather to them all. Oh, if we could see the beautiful home coming celebration in heaven for Art! Art gave a piece of himself to all who were fortunate enough to know him. He will be dearly missed by us all- a true gem of a man.
Arthur is preceded in death by his parents; first wife Marion and their unborn son; son-in-law Steve Linn; daughter-in-law Julie Lang; siblings, Robert (Patricia) Lang, Bernard Lang, Virginia (Joe) Czech, and Roland (Gloria & Bernice) Lang.
Arthur is survived by his wife Shirley; children, Terry, Steven, Virginia (Byron) Anderson, Mary Jo Linn, Jim (Janis), Catherine (Steve) Porter, John (Qi Ling Huang), Sarah (Karl) Barwin, David, and Susan (Josh) Hartman; 20 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, and one great great granddaughter; brother Donald (Laverne) Lang; sister-in-law Doris “Dee” Lang; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.