Victor J. "Vic" Langel, 79, of rural Le Mars, died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2003.
Vic was born Oct. 12, 1924, on the Langel family farm just east of Le Mars, the son of Frank and Christine (Rolfes) Langel. He attended St. Joseph's Parochial School and was a lifelong resident of Le Mars. On April 18, 1947 he married Eileen Anthony at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars. The couple farmed in the Le Mars area and moved onto the Langel Century farm in 1963 where Vic farmed until his retirement.
Vic was a lifelong member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars and was an honorary life member of the Knights of Columbus, Trinity Council #1466 in Le Mars. He was also past president of the Plymouth County Cattleman's Association and past president of the Plymouth County Soybean Association. He had also been a past president of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie #1381 and had been an active member of the Plymouth County Fair Board.
Survivors include his wife, Eileen of Le Mars; five children, Gary and Cindy Langel of Le Mars, Linda and Dave Ahlers of Remsen, Tom and Kathy Langel of Le Mars, Sue and Merle Huls of Akron, and Bruce and Kimberly Langel of Glenwood; 17 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; a brother, Ray Langel and his wife Dorothy of Le Mars; and a sister Mildred Junkers of Minneapolis, Minn.
He was preceded in death by a grandson, Todd Huls; four brothers, Lawrence, Ed, Cliff, and Bill; and three sisters: Adella Bivens, Helen Ney, and Mary Ellen Boden.
A Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m. today (Monday) at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars with the Rev. Andrew Hoffmann presiding. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars.
Visitation was after 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, where there was a rosary at 4 p.m., a Scriptural prayer service at 7 p.m. and a Knights of Columbus rosary at 8 p.m. Visitation resumed at 8 a.m. Monday until service time.
Pallbearers will be six of his grandsons: Nick Langel, Josh Langel, Tom Huls, Michael Ahlers, Drew Langel, and Tyler Huls.