Marvin D. “Spank” Lang, 86, Hays, died Tuesday, April 7, 2020, at his home.
He was born Aug. 25, 1933, in Hoisington to Robert and Anna (Reif) Lang. He was a graduate of Hoisington High School.
He married Sue Tholen on Dec. 27, 1958, in Vincent and they celebrated 61 years of marriage. He was an oilfield roustabout and pumper. He was a U.S. Army veteran.
He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and Commander of Hays American Legion Post No. 173.
He coached his sons’ baseball teams, represented the American Legion at state baseball games, enjoyed sports and was a great dad and grandpa who enjoyed his family.
Survivors include his wife, of the home; two sons, Gary Lang and wife, Cristina and Larry Lang and wife, Lori, all of Charlotte, N.C.; four daughters, Marva Willhoft and husband, Joel, and Joyce Mattison and husband, Andy, all of Hays, Sharon Szurpicki and husband, Paul and Jodie Kerr and husband, Rusty, all of Wichita; 18 grandchildren, Brent Mattison and wife, Coley, Brad Mattison and wife, Megan, Brady Mattison and wife, Paula, Lindsay Mattison, Tanner Willhoft, Molly Paul and husband, Gage, Jared Willhoft, Ben Szurpicki, Kate Szurpicki, Kyle Szurpicki, Alyssa Kerr, Brandon Kerr, Jack Kerr, Katherine Lang, Anna Lang, Kalie Schmitt and husband, Tyler, Brett Lang, and Addison Lang; and three great-grandchildren, Dylan, Adley, and Coraline.
He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Al, Bill, Gus, Ernie, and Vernon Lang; and three sisters, Elfreida Woydziak, Viola Weber, and Susanna Redetzke.
A memorial Mass will be at a later date at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hays; a private family burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery with military honors by the Hays VFW Post No. 9076 Honor Guard.
Memorials are suggested to Hays High School Baseball or HaysMed Foundation in care of Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine, Hays, KS 67601.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.haysmemorial.com