Lynden Dale LangenLynden Dale Langen, 70, longtime Kennedy area farmer and resident of Castle Rock, Colorado passed away on Saturday evening, January 14th, 2012 in Grand Forks, North Dakota after a courageous battle with lung cancer.
Lynden Dale Langen, 70, longtime Kennedy area farmer and resident of Castle Rock, Colorado passed away on Saturday evening, January 14th, 2012 in Grand Forks, North Dakota after a courageous battle with lung cancer.
Lynden was born August 17th, 1941 at Hallock, Minnesota to Odin and Lillian (Clauson) Langen. He and his brother, Wayne, took over their father's farming operation when Odin was elected to the U.S. Congress serving the 9th Congressional District. Lynden was still in high school when he and Wayne started farming together. It was a partnership that spanned 45 years.
Lynden graduated from Kennedy High School in 1959 and attended North Dakota State University on an athletic scholarship for basketball and baseball. On October 26, 1963 he married Dawn Bothum at the Mission Covenant Church in Kennedy. In 2004 both Lynden and Wayne retired and passed the farming operation over to their respective families. Lynden and Dawn moved to Castle Rock, Colorado that same year. Lynden was a member of Maria Lutheran Church and attended Faith Lutheran Church in Castle Rock.
He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Dawn; a daughter, Maridee Shogren, Grand Forks, ND; sons, Lynden Marc (Stacy) Langen, Kennedy and Jonathan (Katie) Langen, Kennedy; six grandchildren, Saree, Onalee, Lynden Chase, Cade, Eva and Nora; brother, Wayne (Kathryn Rynning) Langen, Kennedy and sister, Lois (Kenneth) Pagnac, Stephen; as well as nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son-in-law, Peter and sister-in-law, Geraldine.
Lynden was a well-respected farmer with a strong work ethic and was known for his generosity, honesty and sense of humor. Lynden could talk to anyone and enjoyed visiting friends, new or old, no matter where he went. He was the "go-to" guy for advice, fixing anything from farming equipment to life's little problems. He will be greatly missed.
Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday, January 19th, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in Maria Lutheran Church, Kennedy.
Interment will be in Red River Lutheran Cemetery, rural Kennedy.
Visitation will be held at the church on Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m.
The Austin Funeral Home of Hallock is in charge of arrangements.
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