Edward "Buddy" Lange, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 1, 2013 at the age of 89. A long time resident of Mount Vernon, Buddy was born in what is now the parsonage of the Fir-Conway Lutheran Church on December 5, 1923 to Engvald and Mabel (Borseth) Lange.
He attended Fir Island School from kindergarten through third grade and Conway School from fourth through eighth grade. In 1941, Buddy graduated from Mount Vernon High School, then earned an appointment from Senator Henry M. Jackson to attend the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland. Graduating with honors, Buddy earned a degree in Electrical Engineering in 1945.
Serving his country in World War II
, Buddy was on a Combat Destroyer. Following the war he moved to New York City, where he taught high school math for two years, before beginning his career with the Otis Elevator Co. as a design engineer.
Upon retiring Buddy returned to Skagit Valley to be near family and friends. A lifelong traveler his journeys took him to over 120 countries, inspiring him to come home to passionately share stories of his many adventures.
Edward is survived by sister Olga Summers, nephews, Tom Summers (Karly) and Rich Alseth (Debbie) and numerous great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by sisters Elinor Alseth and Doris Lange.
The family will gather to honor Buddy's life on Saturday, February 16.
Edward will be laid to rest at Fir-Conway Lutheran Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of Kern Funeral Home, Mount Vernon.