Charles J. Langle


April 29, 1926 - July 15, 2014


Charles J Langle was born April 29, 1926 at Clayton SD to William John and Caroline (Harnisch) Langle.  He was the 4th of five children.  He grew up on the family farm and attended Clayton #65 school.  He was baptized and confirmed at Saint Peter’s Lutheran Church at Clayton. During 1936-37 he spent time helping with the farm while his father recovered from a heart attack. 

He had a lifetime love of the outdoors and all animals especially horses.  In 1945 he served in the US Army for four months and then came home to the family farm.  In 1951 he again served with the Army until August and returned home to farm as his father had again suffered a heart attack.  On August 31, 1951 he married Helen Fuoss at the Salem Lutheran Church at Parkston.  To this union two sons were born.  In addition, the young family shared in the care and company of his parents and sister, Shirley.  He was involved with farming near Clayton his entire life and was a lifelong member of Saint Peter’s Lutheran Church and the American Legion. His hobbies included reading and working draft horses.  He enjoyed visiting with the elderly collecting stories of South Dakota homesteading days.  In 2010 due to health problems, he entered Diamond Care Center in Bridgewater SD where he resided until he was called home at the age of 88 years.

He is survived by his son, Lonald (Donna) Langle of Emery SD; one daughter-in-law, Hilda Langle of Sioux Falls SD; four grandchildren:  Lewis Langle, Melissa (John) Lee, Laura (Mark) Carpenter and Lance (Miranda) Langle and four great-grandchildren:  Brian, Will, Sam and Leila. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen of 55 years; one son, Lloyd; his parents; four sisters, two sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law.


Monday, July 21, 2014
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Hettinger-Bittner Funeral Chapel
Prayer Service ~ 7:00 PM
Emery, South Dakota


Tuesday, July 22, 2014
2:00 PM
Saint Peter's Lutheran Church
Clayton, South Dakota


Saint Peter's Lutheran Cemetery
Clayton, South Dakota

Posted by A Neighbor on July 22, 2014
The great and beloved Charles J. Langle is resting in peace. Far be it for the true God to act unjustly, "if an able bodied man dies can he live again? All the days of my compulsory service I shall wait until my relief comes." Job 14:14 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, ... to everlasting life... Daniel 12:2
Posted by Janice Palmlund on July 19, 2014
Lonnie, Donna and family - so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
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