John W. Lang, 79, of Blackwater, MO, passed away at University Hospital in Columbia on Thursday, Oct. 17th, 2013.
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Visitation for John will be held at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church on Sunday evening, Oct. 20th from 5:30 until 8:00 o'clock with the rosary and prayer service at 5:00 o'clock, prior to visitation. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2:00 o'clock on Monday afternoon with Father Bob Duesdieker officiating. Burial will follow in St. Martin's Cemetery at Martinsville.
John Wilbur Lang was born in Boonville, MO October 12, 1934, the son of George W. Lang and Minnie Vollmer Lang. He graduated from Pilot Grove High School in 1952. John joined the U.S. Army and served his time in El Paso, Texas. He married Anita M. Hartman in Tipton, MO, May 17, 1955 and they are the parents of five children. John farmed his entire life in the Blackwater- Lamine area. He was very active in his community, serving on the Blackwater School Board for nine years and as Road Commissioner for the Blackwater- Lamine Special Road District. John was a member of SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church and the Boonville Knights of Columbus.
Mr. Lang was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Laura Patterson, his brothers, Leonard and Edward Lang, and his sister, Edith Grissum. He is survived by his wife, Anita, of the home, his children; Jerry Lang (Mary Lammers), Russell Lang (Karla), Kathy Phillips (Wyatt) all of Boonville and Barbara Cook (Thomas) of Plano, TX. His sisters, Rosemary Larm of Boonville, and Sister Lucy Lang of Independence, MO and his son-in-law, Scott Patterson of Wardsville, MO. He will leave an empty spot in the hearts of his grandchildren; Chrissa McClellen, Shelly and Riley Phillips, Katherine and Andrew Cook, Kelsay, Jack and Kaylee Lang and Jennifer Patterson as well as a great-grandson, Kane McClellen.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to St. Martin's Cemetery, SS Peter and Paul Church or the Sisters of St. Francis of the Most Holy Eucharist of Independence, MO.
Published in Boonville Daily News from Oct. 17 to Oct. 25, 2013