Duane Joseph Lang, 69, formerly of Ellis, died Saturday, September 29, 2018, at Hospice House, Hutchinson. He was born August 25, 1949, in Ogallah, the son of Constantine J. (Dean) and Lauraine A. (Herman) Lang. Duane graduated from St. Joseph’s Military Academy, Hays, in 1967, and Fort Hays State University in 1971. He worked for many years in the corporate offices of State Farm Insurance Company in Bloomington, Illinois. Duane was a member of St. Teresa Catholic Church, Hutchinson, the Knights of Columbus, and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
The oldest of three children, Duane lost his own father at a young age and grew up working the alfalfa fields around his house in Ellis, playing sports with his brother, friends, and cousins in the school gymnasium at St. Mary’s Catholic Church across the street, and trying to keep his Chevrolet Corvair running. Even though he moved around throughout his life, the Kansas countryside was always home to him, and he loved a long walk with a view of the horizon.
A loyal and loving man, Duane was a gentle soul who never hesitated to help another, regardless of his own struggles. Even after cancer had ravaged his body, he still insisted on stopping to help someone carry groceries or push a stalled car. A long-suffering (but once-celebrating) Chicago Cubs fan, he also loved a good game of tennis (and even a bad one), could not watch a Chevy Chase movie without tearful laughter, fully immersed himself in whatever TV show or activity his grandchildren loved, and leaves a legacy of “dad jokes” (now “grandpa jokes”) that will live on for decades.
Duane loved classic cars, classic rock, and one classic woman. On November 30, 1974, he married Connie L. Rice in Columbia, Missouri. They were married for nearly 44 years. She survives.
Also surviving are: sons, Jeff (Sonja) of Overland Park, Craig of Lawrence; daughters, Laura Berlin (Noah) of Bethesda, Maryland, Kristin Loucks of Hutchinson; grandchildren Patrick Lang, Aaliyah Loucks, Calvin, Violet, and Elodie Berlin; sister Gloria Dreher (Darrell) of Collinsville, Oklahoma; brother Verlyn Lang (Denise) of Wichita, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Duane was preceded in death by his parents.
A Parish Rosary will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 13, at St. Teresa Catholic Church, 211 E. 5th Ave., Hutchinson. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 a.m. at the church, with Father Mike Maybrier officiating. Burial will take place at a later date. Memorials are suggested to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Rettsyndrome.org, or the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.