Lincoln McCausland Lang

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Nov. 29, 2012

Lincoln (Abe) McCausland Lang, 80, of Laurel Run, passed away peacefully on Nov. 29, 2012, in Commonwealth Home Health & Hospice of Wilkes-Barre.

He was born in Caln Township, Chester County, on Dec. 23, 1931, a son of the late Martin and Olive McCausland Lang, Brandywine Manor, Glenmoore, Pa. Lincoln was a graduate of Coatesville High School, West Chester State College (University), and received his Master's Degree from Pennsylvania State University.

Lincoln was an outdoorsman all of his life, beginning as a young boy trapping fur animals. He was a lifeguard at Six Penny Lake in French Creek State Park as a teenager. He also worked at a sawmill in Chester County, now part of Hibernia Park, one summer. Lincoln was an amateur and then professional boxer while in undergraduate college. His first career employment was with the Saskatchewan Fish & Wildlife Department in Regina, Saskatchewan, for two years where he was involved in aerial surveys of elk and caribou before returning to Pennsylvania when he began his long career of 36 years as a wildlife biologist with the Pennsylvania Game Commission Research Department. His work with the PGC involved the study of many species - deer, grouse, woodcock, other small game, bear and waterfowl.

He was probably the first biologist to tranquilize nuisance bears using a handmade harpoon with the syringe mounted to the end before tranquilizer guns became available. He helped trap Sharptail Grouse in Nebraska when Pennsylvania tried to start a population. Lincoln played a significant role in the Bald Eagle Recovery Project. He was on the first two trips to Canada when they took the young eaglets from nests in Saskatchewan to re-establish a bald eagle population in Pennsylvania and oversaw their care at Lake Shohola.

Retiring in 1994, he was highly respected and admired throughout the state. Lincoln was an avid hunter and fisherman, hunting birds during the day and raccoons at night. His many hunting dogs over the years accompanied him on his hunts alone or with his many friends. Lincoln was an avid reader, enjoyed working in his vegetable gardens, was a Penn State football fan and promoted conservation of our natural resources whenever he could. Best of all, Lincoln was a wonderful and loving husband, father, grandfather, cousin, uncle and friend.

Lincoln was well-versed in the identification of tree and plant species. His identification of an endangered plant species found only in the Nescopeck State Park kept that valley from being flooded for recreational purposes. He loved that valley and spent countless hours in its habitat. He was a member of Ducks Unlimited, the Sierra Club, and a founding member of the Freeland Kennel Club. Early in his residence in Laurel Run, he was a member of the Laurel Run Water Commission.

An only child, Lincoln was preceded in death by his parents, and also by an infant daughter, Amy Rebecca, in November 1969.

Surviving, besides his wife, Emma, with whom he shared 46 years of marriage, are children, Mark Lincoln Lang, New York City; Wesley Martin Lang and his wife, Holly, Kaysville, Utah; Michelle Suzanne Boswell and her husband, Christopher, Hyattsville, Md.; grandchildren, Alexander Lang and his wife, Shelbey; Scott, Devin, Jason and Rachel Lang, all of Utah; his first wife, Dolores Brosnan, New York City; brother-in-law John Engler Jr., Trucksville; five nephews, one niece, and numerous cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday from the Richard Disque Funeral Home, 2940 Memorial Highway, Dallas. The Rev. Stephen Sours, pastor of Christ United Methodist Church, Mountain Top, will officiate. Interment will be in Memorial Shrine Cemetery, Carverton. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, and from 10:30 a.m. until time of services Wednesday.

Lincoln's family would like to thank everyone who prayed for and supported him throughout his illness. They would like also to thank the staff at Commonwealth Home Health & Hospice, St. Luke's Villa, Wilkes-Barre, for the compassionate and excellent care that they provided in the last week of his life.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ducks Unlimited Inc., One Waterfowl Way, Memphis, TN 38120; Commonwealth Home Health & Hospice, 900 Rutter Ave., Suite 8, Forty Fort, PA 18704; the ; or to the .

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Published in Times Leader on Dec. 2, 2012
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