Don Langenberg, 83, of Lake Andes, S.D., formerly of Norfolk, died Monday, Aug. 1, 2016 at at Heritage of Bel–Air in Norfolk.
Services will be held Saturday, Aug. 6 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Winside. The Rev. Harrison Goodman will officiate. Burial with military rites will be in Pleasant View Cemetery at Winside. Visitation will be held Friday, Aug. 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Winside with family present.
Arrangements are with Hasemann Funeral Home of Wayne.
Memorials may be directed to the Langenberg family for later designation.
Donald Ray Langenberg was born Oct. 7, 1932 on a farm near Hoskins to Henry and Ruth (Fletcher) Langenberg. He graduated from Hoskins High School in 1950 and farmed with Henry Langenberg Jr. until entering the military. Don served in the United States Army from Jan. 20, 1953, until Dec. 20, 1954 as a military policeman in Berlin, Germany. Don married Mary Graef on June 5, 1953 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Winside. Mary joined Don in Berlin, and when they returned home, the couple farmed near Hoskins. They purchased L&L Well and Plumbing which his son, Rob operated with him until 1985. They moved to Norfolk where Don was employed by the City of Norfolk for 14 years then worked in maintenance at Norfolk Public Schools. Don was an avid fisherman, especially of walleye, and teacher. After many fishing trips to Fort Randall, in 1998 Don and Mary found the perfect acreage by Lake Andes (LA), SD to retire. They developed it into a RV campground to enjoy fishing everyday and to share it with family and friends and to share fishing stories at 5 o’clock and around a campfire roasting marshmallows with all the kids. Don had several health issues but always found his way back to his dream, “LA”. The weekend before his death, Don and his beloved wife, Mary of 63 years, made their last trip together to LA and Don got to say goodbye to the beautiful rolling hills and to “Hill View RV” of LA. He was one of the original members who developed Hoskins Fast Pitch Ball Team in 1957, where he played, then coached until retiring in 1985. Don was also on the committee that started the Hoskins Saddle Club. He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Winside, Norfolk VFW, American Legion and former member of Winside American Legion.
Survivors include his wife, Mary; children, Robert (Linda) Langenberg of Hoskins, Joni (David) Jaeger of Winside, Deb Langenberg of Hoskins, Jon (Vicky) Langenberg of Norfolk, Lori Nelson of Winside and Patti (Michael) Clark of Montgomery, Texas; 15 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Carol Langenberg of Catoosa, Okla.; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Lynn; brothers, Henry Langenberg Jr. and Vern Langenberg; sisters, Virginia Johnson, Leone Kirsch, Lois Jensen, Deloris O’Kane, and Joann Bergin.
Honorary pallbearers will be Tim Anderson, Swede Jorgenson, Don Asmus, Mike Tadlock, Wynn Roberts, Russ Stusse, Ron Schmit, Joe Truska and Mitch Rohlff.
Active pallbearers will be Don and Mary’s grandchildren — Kellie Kimble, Seth Langenberg, Brett Langenberg, Joshua Jaeger, Dannika Kaufman, Jeremy Jaeger, Trisha Pendergast, Tara Thies Mashala Hosking, Colby Langenberg, Jenni Tillotson, Anthony Nelson, Destiny Nelson, Madisen Clark and Christopher Clark.