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Godfrey 'Fred' R. Lang

Published on -10/10/2013, 10:02 AM

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Godfrey "Fred" R. Lang, 84, died Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, at Hays Medical Center.

He was born Dec. 21, 1928, in Ellis to Ignatz Jr. and Rosa (Weber) Lang. He was a 1945 graduate of Ellis High School and a 1957 graduate of Fort Hays State University with a bachelor of science degree in elementary education, going on to receive a master of science degree in elementary school administration in 1963.

He married Lillie Ann Augustine on Dec. 30, 1952, in Ellis. In 1972, he was principal of the WaKeeney Grade and Junior High School, where he stayed until his retirement in 1990. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean War.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Dr. Stanley Lang and wife, Sheri, and Dr. Gordon Lang and wife, Jane; a daughter, Patricia Langley and husband, Rick; two sisters, Stella Augustine and Rosemarie Augustine and husband, William; eight grandchildren, Noel DeGray and husband, Doug, Elizabeth West and husband, Justin, Greg Lang, Dr. Jamie Lang and husband, Dr. Cole Ritchie, Alexander Langley, Maria Lang, Kathrine Lang and Christopher Lang; and three great-grandchildren, Felicity West, Kepha West and Samuel West.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Kathy Ann Connors, in 1989; four brothers, John D., Joseph G., Clarence and Lawrence; and two sisters, Catherine Wolf and Bertha.

Services were Sept. 13 at Christ the King Catholic Church, WaKeeney; inurnment in the church cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to Trego Recreation Commission or Godfrey Lang Memorial Fund (to establish a scholarship) in care of Schmitt Funeral Home, 336 N. 12th, WaKeeney, KS 67672.

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