Gerald Edward Langen
RAYMOND, IL - Gerald Edward Langen, 99, of Raymond, passed away Thursday, July 17, 2014, at Hillsboro Rehabilitation Center in Hillsboro, Ill.
He was born Dec. 19, 1914, in Morrisonville, Ill., to John T. and Kathryn Lyons Langen. He married Rose Cesaretti on Jan. 11, 1947, at St Maurice Catholic Church.
He was a lifelong farmer in Morrisonville and Raymond.
Gerald served in the U.S. Army from 1941-1946, during which time he was Platoon Sargent and a Technical Sargent. He was with the 33rd Infantry and took part in the Bougainville Campaign. He received two Silver Stars, three Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts.
He is survived by four sons: Robert (wife, Connie) Langen of Raymond, Michael Langen of Decatur, Thomas Langen and Timothy Langen, both of Raymond; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Rose; and brothers: Howard, Melvin, John and Edward.
Gerald was a member of St. Raymond's Catholic Church. He was instrumental in the formation of the Raymond Knights of Columbus, serving as the council's first Grand Knight, making him a member for over 80 years. He was a member of the Raymond American Legion Post 299 for over 68 years, as well as past board member of the Montgomery Co. Soil and Water Conservation for over 14 years, Morrisonville Farmers CO-OP, and Montgomery Co. Farm Bureau. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinal fan and Illini basketball fan.
He enjoyed being around horses and helped start the Raymond Saddle Club. He also enjoyed bowling and at one time was co-owner of the Raymond Bowling Alley.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Monday, July 21, 2014, at the K of C Hall in Raymond.
Funeral mass will be at 10 A.M., Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at St. Raymond's Catholic Church with Fr. Jerry Bunse officiating.
Burial will be at St. Maurice Cemetery in Morrisonville with full military rites by American Legion Post 299 and Morrisonville American Legion Post 721.
Memorials can be made to: Raymond-Harvel Ambulance, Raymond American Legion Post 299 or Raymond K of C 4696.
Hough Funeral Home in Raymond is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences can be left online at www.houghfuneralhome.com.