Donald William Lange Sr., age 93, of Celina, passed away on Sunday morning, December 19, 2021, at Troy Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Troy, Ohio.
Donald was born July 23, 1928, in St. Henry, to Henry O. & Philomena C. (Sutter) Lange.
Don's wife, Elizabeth A. "Betty" (Huber) Lange, preceded him in death February 27, 1997. Surviving are two of their children: Donald William Jr. "Bill" (Connie) Lange and Brenda Kline, and a daughter-in-law, Penny Lange, all of Celina, 15 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, and several great-great grandchildren.
Also surviving are 13 brothers & sisters: Rosemary Bensman, Marjorie (Vincent) Schoenherr, JoAnn Davis, twins Vernon Lange and Virgil Lange, Ruth (Paul) Backs, Miss Esther Lange, Ginny (Earl) Goewert, Luella (Glen) Klosterman, Betty (Herb) Hamberg, Shirley (Dennis) Hartke, Dave (Pam) Lange, and Tom (Brenda) Lange, sisters-in-law: Betty (Mrs. Alfred) Lange and Lucy (Mrs. Henry Jr.) Lange and many nieces & nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents, a son: Richard Henry “Dick” Lange, three daughters: Rosie & Ted Steffen, Sharon & Larry Hicks, and Delores “DeDe” Lange Anderson, infant son & daughters: Roger, Debbie and Doris Lange, great granddaughter: Khiley P. Lange, brothers: Alfred “Fritz” Lange and Henry Jr. “Dutch” Lange, brothers-in-law: Leroy Bensman and Ed Davis, and sisters-in-law: Katie (Mrs. Vernon) Lange and Regina (Mrs. Virgil) Lange.
Don attended school in St. Henry, and had to quit at an early age to work on the farm and help take care of his family. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving 2 1/2 years in Korea. He had worked at the Grand Lake Mushroom Farm and later retired from the Mersman Furniture Factory, where he was employed for 19 years.
He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Celina and a former member of Celina Moose Lodge #1473. As a hobby, he restored antique furniture. Don enjoyed playing cards and spending time with his family.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Immaculate Conception Church in Celina, at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, December 22, with Fr. Ken Schnipke, C.PP.S., presiding. Burial will follow at St. Marys Cemetery in Celina, with graveside military rites to be conducted by Celina American Legion Post #210 and VFW Post #5713.
Calling Hours are at W.H. Dick & Sons-Hellwarth Funeral Home in Celina, from 1:00 to 3:00 and 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 21, with a prayer service to be led by Pastor Randy Christian at 6:00 p.m. Visitation will also be held prior to the Funeral Mass from 9:45 to 10:15 a.m., on Wednesday, December 22, at the Funeral Home.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Lange family.
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