Denver Langford Jr.

Ledyard - Denver D. Langford Jr., 88, of Ledyard, passed away Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, with his loving family in attendance.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Nancy Louise (Gibbs); his three daughters, Nancy Jane and her husband, Michael Belego, Joanne Suydam, and Julia Ann and her husband, Joe Knight; grandchildren, Megan Langford and fiancé, Myron LeAnna, Jacob and Jarrett Belego, and Cassandra and Christopher Knight; great-grandchildren, Jaelyn and Keagan LeAnna.

Denver was predeceased by his son, John Langford; granddaughter, Ashlyn Langford; and sister, Dorothy of New Town, Fla.

Denver served honorably in the U.S. Navy from 1941 to 1945. He was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal by the Secretary of the Navy on behalf of the President of the United States for risking his own life to save the life of a man who was washed overboard from a nearby Navy vessel while he was serving on the USS Razorback. He served in the Naval Reserves until 1953.

Denver graduated from Andrew Jackson High School in Miami, Fla. He attended the University of Miami where he received a BSME and a BSEE. Denver was employed with General Electric in Marietta, Ga., until he accepted a position as a junior engineer at Electric Boat in Groton, where he worked until his retirement in 1986.

In 1955, Denver moved his family to Ledyard, where he served as Third Selectman. He was on the Building and Planning Committee for Ledyard Junior and Senior High School, Board of Finance, and Zoning and Planning Board in the Town of Ledyard. He was a founding father of the Ledyard Boys League.

Denver was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather and will be always loved and sadly missed.

The family will greet friends at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at The Dinoto Funeral Home, 17 Pearl St., historic downtown Mystic, immediately followed by a service at the funeral home.

For information, directions, or to share a note of remembrance/condolence with his family, visit www.dinotofuneral.com

Published in The Day on Jan. 16, 2013