James Reimers Langlas
1951 - 2018
Fuller Funeral Home East Naples
4735 Tamiami Trail East
Naples , FL
James Reimers Langlas

Naples, FL

James Reimers Langlas, 67, of Naples passed away peacefully surrounded by his family and friends on August 13, 2018. Born in Waterloo, IA , he was the son of the late Reimers "Jim" Ludwig and Mary Kathryn (Gallagher) Langlas. Jim was a devoted husband to his college sweetheart and love of his life, Michelle, whom he married on June 14, 1975. He was a loving father to Jack (Ellie) and Chelsea, and doting grandfather to Aidan and Maeve. They will miss him dearly. He is also survived by his brother, Thomas Langlas and sister, Laurlie Joyce. After retiring from the Wheaton-Warrensville (IL) School District 200, he renewed his teaching career at Florida Southwestern College in 2008. He was an enthusiastic and much loved teacher, a talented poet, and a skilled martial artist. Anyone who knew Jim would say that he was a compassionate and caring man who put others before himself. A Mass of Christian burial will be held Tuesday, August 21, 2018, 10 AM at Saint Peter the Apostle Church, 5130 Rattlesnake Hammock Rd. in Naples, FL, 34113. Gathering to start at 9:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the "Dr. James R. Langlas Scholarship" has been set up to help students who struggle financially, while meeting academic requirements. Donations may be made online at https://www.fsw.edu/foundation/givenow. Then write in the designation: "Dr. James Langlas Memorial." For more about Jim and to offer online condolences visit www.FullerNaples.com.

Published by Naples Daily News on Aug. 18, 2018.
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Saint Peter the Apostle Church
5130 Rattlesnake Hammock Rd., Naples, FL
Mass of Christian Burial
Saint Peter the Apostle Church
5130 Rattlesnake Hammock Rd., Naples, FL
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A beautiful soul, mind, and teacher. Best teacher I've ever had-a sentiment shared by many.
Tyler Donahue
July 18, 2021
my first year at FSW, i had prof langlas as my english 1 and 2 teach. I always enjoyed his class and hearing his stories about his life and other aspects of what he was teaching us in class. He helped me out a lot getting through tough times and i thank him so much for that. I was so upset when i heard he passed but i know that he went peacefully and is in a really great place now. I know he will be missed throughout the world. THANK YOU JAMES LANGLAS FOR EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!
brent leonard
December 1, 2018
I was a year ahead of him in high school. Played sports with him. He was a wonderful person then and it sounds like he continued to be a wonderful person for the rest of his life. We all need more James L in our lives. I am sure if we look up up nice or kind or inclusive in our dictionary we would find those words defined by James Langlas.
Steve Geiger
October 15, 2018
I am so sad to hear of the loss of Mr. Langlas. He was my Senior Rhetoric teacher at Wheaton North High School, and one of the best teachers I've had. He truly cared, and he was an inspirational for many of us. He made a big difference in my life and was one of the reasons I became a teacher. Thank you for all the love you gave your students. Your legacy will live on for many years to come.
Korin Heinz
September 16, 2018
Professor Langlas is an active motivator in is class. He reached everybody in the class to help them learn. He made the impossible to be possible. I admired him with passion in teaching, he so patient until somebody gets the learning needs. I will missed him for the rest of my life. He served as one of my strong foundation to succeed in my career. I am an RN now. I passed by several times, but always missed him at the school. I am wishing to see him to share my success. It was shocking to me to find out that he passed away. I remember the story he shared in the class "The Bridge" He will be missed forever but you will always in our heart as our best professor, mentor, friend and parent.
September 4, 2018
I had Dr. Langlas for English at Wheaton North in 2003/2002. I'll never forget reading The Grapes of Wrath in his class, or the Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock... the way he led Junior Seminar-- the discussions he led, even the pranks he pulled once or twice (we had a couple of students who were notorious for not doing their reading. One legendary prank-- Doc led a class-wide discussion on the symbolism of the parrot in Jane Eyre just to see how long those guys would bluff it-- of course; there isn't a parrot in J.E.).

One question really got to us: "How does the novel mean?" As high schoolers we were scratching our heads but I think a lot of English majors were born under Doc's guidance.

I remember that he would often begin our periods by greeting each student individually-- checking in on us and asking how we were; truly listening to the answer. Once or twice his warmth nearly brought me to tears. He really was extraordinary, and I am so sorry to hear that he has passed away. As you can see, he was unforgettable as a teacher and a man, and I'm so sorry for this loss.

Valerie (Kepner) Austin; WNHS 2003
Valerie Austin
August 31, 2018
Dr. Langlas was my very first professor when I went back to school in order to become an RN. I remember how kind he was and how he made everyone in the class feel special. I am sorry to hear of his passing. My condolences to his family. I will never forget him. His compassion and understanding for others was evident every day in the classroom.
Mary Pagano
August 18, 2018
Michelle- I am so sorry to hear the news about your husband. He sounded like such a wonderful man! My sympathies to you and your family. Hugs to you. Caroline Schaefer
Caroline Schaefer
August 18, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Langlas Family. Jim was a great teacher, mentor, and gentleman. He touched many lives throughout his entire career. He will be missed. May he Rest in Peace.
Ralph & Judy Heatherington
August 18, 2018

Robert Hahn
August 17, 2018
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