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Duaine C. "Dewey" Langel

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MISSOULA - Duaine C. "Dewey" Langel, 85, of Missoula, died of natural causes Sunday in Missoula.
His funeral is 11 a.m. today at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home in Missoula, with burial in Sunset Memorial Cemetery.
Duaine is survived by Ruby, his devoted wife of more than 61 years; two daughters, Kathleen D. (Bill) Pelc of Dillon, and Laurie G. (Gary) Clark of Missoula; three sons, Ken L. (Chris) Langel and Roger D. Langel (Resa) of Post Falls, Idaho, and Craig A. Langel and fiancée Ellen of Missoula; two brothers, Stan and Richard; four sisters, Dorothy Langel, Audrey Kaercher, Kathrine Brandt and Lucille Miller; along with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Duaine passed away Sunday, May 6, 2007, surrounded by his loving wife and family, after a two-and-a-half-year battle with Alzheimer's disease.
Duaine was born March 23, 1922, in Goldstone, Mont. He was the oldest of 10 children born to Arnold C. and Helen (McCann) Langel. He graduated from Rudyard High School in 1940, and then joined the U.S. Army during World War II, serving from 1942 through 1946. He served in the Philippines during the war.
Duaine married Ruby E. Peebler in 1945. After his discharge from the Army, Ruby and Dewey made their home south of Rudyard, where they farmed until purchasing the Selmyhr place, north of Rudyard, in 1958. It was here that they raised their five children and participated in all of the activities that farming and ranching bring. They were active in many school and 4-H activities.
Ruby and Dewey also maintained a home in Rudyard until moving to Chester in 1971. At this time, Duaine worked as the service manager and equipment salesman for Chester Implement, the John Deere Dealer. Ruby also worked for Chester Implement as a bookkeeper, thus allowing them to spend their working days together.
Dewey retired in 1988, and they moved to Missoula in 1990, where he resided until his death. His last two-and-a-half years were spent at Hillside Manor, where he was cared for in the Alzheimer's wing. The family is greatly appreciative of the care Dewey received while at Hillside.
Ruby and Dewey moved to Missoula to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Dewey would volunteer for all kinds of jobs and was always running errands and serving as a chauffeur for the grandchildren. He was always busy on many projects on their new home next to Benson Farms, where he could also keep his eye on the season's crops. Dewey always looked forward to his weekly coffee club meetings, where he could debate current events with his friends.
Duaine loved farming, working on tractors and farm equipment, and he appreciated and enjoyed the small farm communities of the Hi-Line. One of his favorite things was to "take a drive" and look at the crops. He also had a passion for anything John Deere, as exhibited by the extensive collection of model John Deere farm equipment he put together over the years. He loved showing off his new "toys" to the grandkids.
Besides his parents, Duaine was preceded in death by two brothers, Arnold "Bud" and Gerry; and one sister, Lillian.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Duaine's memory to Camp Make-A-Dream, P.O. Box 1450, Missoula, MT 59806; or Alzheimer's Association Montana Chapter, 3010 11th Ave. N., Billings. MT 59101.
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on May 10, 2007
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