Owen Joseph Langenfeld (July 7, 2013)

February 17, 1927 ~ July 7, 2013

Thursday, July 11, 2013
2:00-9:00 PM
St. Michael’s Catholic Church
Harlan, IA

Thursday, July 11, 2013
7:30 PM
St. Michael’s Catholic Church
Harlan, IA

Friday, July 12, 2013
10:30 AM
St. Michael’s Catholic Church
Harlan, IA
Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Earling, IA

1 Daughter – Kaleen (Paul) Johnston of Manassas, VA
3 Sons – Phillip (Julie) Langenfeld of St. Cloud, MN
Eugene (Nan) Langenfeld of Omaha, NE
Glen (Mary) Langenfeld of Bellevue, NE
12 Grandchildren
14 Great-grandchildren
3 Sisters – Ruth Haberkorn of Long Island, NY
Edna (Kenny) Schafer of Earling, IA
Neil Coenen of Omaha, NE
3 Brothers – Mike (Phyllis) Langenfeld of Omaha, NE
Vern (Carolyn) Langenfeld of Saint Louis, MO
Gail (Pauline) Langenfeld of Hartland, WI
1 Sister-in-law – Helen Langenfeld of Earling, IA
Nieces and Nephews
Other Relatives and Friends

Owen Joseph Langenfeld, son of Herman H. and Magdalen K. (Heese) Langenfeld, was born on February 17, 1927, in Earling, Iowa. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Earling and graduated from St. Joseph Catholic Schools. After graduation, he worked for his parents in their meat market and restaurant. Later Owen went to work as a meat cutter at Swanson Grocery Store in Harlan, Iowa. He continued working there until he purchased the locker plant in Earling in 1960.

On October 15, 1961, he was united in marriage to Janice M. Gross Stessman at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Harlan. Having married Janice, he took on the responsibility of helping Janice raise her three children by adopting them and caring for them as if they were his own. They later had a son together to complete their family.

Owen and Janice made their home in Harlan and Owen made the daily drive to Earling to run his business there. Many of those days, he transported the medications that were needed at the Little Flower Haven from the pharmacies in Harlan. In 1980, Owen sold Langenfeld Lockers to the Gross family and went to work with his son, Phil, at Pauley Funeral Home. He continued to work there until the 1990s when his battle with Parkinson’s disease started. After his wife Janice died on October 14, 2002, Owen continued to live at home until December of 2007, when he became a resident of the Little Flower Haven Nursing Home in Earling.

Owen was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Harlan, where he served as a lector, usher and on the Parish Council. He was also a member of the 3rd Degree Knights of Columbus Earling Council No. 1741 of Earling, Iowa, and a member of the Fourth Degree, Luke E. Hart General Assembly, Knights of Columbus and its Chalice Club of Defiance, Iowa. He was a past Grand Knight of the 3rd Degree and past Faithful Navigator of the 4th Degree. He was also a past member of the Earling Commercial. For over 40 years, Owen enjoyed creating impressive exterior Christmas decoration displays at his Harlan home.

Owen J. Langenfeld died on Sunday, July 7, 2013, at Little Flower Haven Nursing Home in Earling, Iowa, having reached the age of 86 years, 4 months, and 20 days.

Owen was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Janice Langenfeld; one sister, Joan Langenfeld; and one brother, Mark Langenfeld. He is survived by one daughter, Kaleen (Paul) Johnston of Manassas, Virginia; three sons, Phillip (Julie) Langenfeld of St. Cloud, Minnesota, Eugene (Nan) Langenfeld of Omaha, Nebraska, and Glen (Mary) Langenfeld of Bellevue, Nebraska; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Ruth Haberkorn of Long Island, New York, Edna Finken (Kenny) Schafer of Earling, Iowa, and Neil Coenen of Omaha, Nebraska; three brothers, Mike (Phyllis) Langenfeld of Omaha, Nebraska, Vern (Carolyn) Langenfeld of Saint Louis, Missouri, and Gail (Pauline) Langenfeld of Hartland, Wisconsin; one sister-in-law, Helen Langenfeld of Earling, Iowa; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

A wake service with Knights of Columbus honors was held on Thursday, July 11, 2013, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Harlan, Iowa, with Deacon Pat Davitt officiating. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday, July 12, 2013, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, with Msgr. Gerald J. Stessman, Fr. John Frost, and Fr. Chris Fontanini officiating. Kate Kohorst and Maryalyce Dotzler served as musicians. Casket bearers were Whitney Moore, Ryan Moore, Dean Langenfeld, Arrianne Graham, Robert Langenfeld, and Alexander Langenfeld. Burial was in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Earling, Iowa. The Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan, Iowa, was in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left online at www.burmeisterjohannsen.com.

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2 Responses to Owen Joseph Langenfeld (July 7, 2013)

  1. Dewie Gaul says:

    I did not learn of this sad event till today, July 16. Owen was a valued friend since the mid 1930’s. He was a classmate and I always appreciated being able to talk to him over the years since. My sincere condolences to his children and their descendants and to Mike, Vern, Gail, Ruth, Edna, and Neil. I believe this reduces the living members of the Class of 1946 to four boys (Mike, Jim Kohles, Mark Stessman and me) and seven girls (Maxine (nee Schaben) Schiltz, Virginia (nee Leuschen) Cotton, Kathleen (nee Miller) Erlbacher, Mildred (nee Erlbacher) Graeve, Eline (nee Gambee) Twombly, Peggy (nee Langenfeld) Hansen, and Rita (nee Muenchrath) Smith. If this listing is inaccuarate I hope somebody will tell me. Mike, as you know I used to read the Congressional Record a lot and I read the memorial orations given in regard to deceased Senators snd Representatives and these orations often contained poetery which I read. A favorite poem in those orations was by James Whitcomb Riley and I set it out:

    I cannot say, and I will not say
    That he is dead. He is just away.
    With a cheery smile, and a wave of the hand,
    He has wandered into an unknown land
    And left us dreaming how very fair
    It needs must be, since he lingers there.
    And you—oh you, who the wildest yearn
    For an old-time step, and the glad return,
    Think of him faring on, as dear
    In the love of There as the love of Here.
    Think of him still as the same. I say,
    He is not dead—he is just away.”

  2. Gayla Koch Martin says:

    I always stopped to visit your dad at the Little FLower Haven everytime I went home. We would reminisce about how I would play Barbie’s under his desk at the locker and the deli meat counter. One day we watched the NBA Finals on the TV. Owen was a very important part of my life. His suffering was great but now he is reunited with your mom and the Lord.
    God Bless.

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