Robert T. Langel, 88, of Le Mars, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, December 29, 2018 at the Brentwood Good Samaritan Village in Le Mars. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at All Saints Catholic Parish- St. Joseph Church in Le Mars. Father Bruce Lawler will celebrate Mass. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars with military honors provided by Wasmer Post #241 of the American Legion. Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at the Mauer – Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars. The family will be present from 5-7 p.m. with a Scriptural Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will resume at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday at St. Joseph Church.
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Robert Theodore Langel was born on December 13, 1930 in Oyens, Iowa, the son of Theodore and Caroline (Kunkel) Langel. He attended St. Joseph School in Le Mars, graduating in 1948. Following school, Bob worked for Wiltgen Construction in Le Mars.
On April 26, 1952, Bob and Laura E. Lauters were united in marriage at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Remsen, Iowa. Shortly thereafter, Bob was inducted in the United States Army on August 13, 1952. He proudly served during the Korean War. He attained the rank of Sergeant prior to earning an Honorable Discharge on July 15, 1954. Bob returned to his family in Le Mars and took a position with Stoos Body Shop. During that time he also worked as a substitute at the United States Post Office. That part-time job later turned into a full time position. He retired after 35 years of service.
Bob was a member of All Saints Parish where he ushered. He and Laura also delivered Meals-on-Wheels for many years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards and home improvement projects. Bob was an avid Iowa Hawkeyes fan. Summers were spent at the Iowa Great Lakes and later at Big Pine Lake in Perham, Minnesota.
Grateful to have shared his life is his wife of 66 years, Laura Langel of Le Mars, Iowa; daughters, Sue and Larry Gengler of Merrill, Iowa, Jane and Tim Clarey of Le Mars, Iowa and Anne and Scott Carlson of Wentzville, Missouri; a daughter-in-law, Tina Langel of Le Mars, IA; sons, Ken and Bev Langel of Le Mars, Iowa, Nick Langel of Le Mars, Iowa and Jim and Sarah Langel of Cedar Falls, Iowa; 23 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; a sister, Arlis Luedtke of Le Mars, Iowa; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Cloe and Gene Kieffer of Stamford, Connecticut; and a brother-in-law, Wayne Mousel of Le Mars, Iowa; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death is are his parents; step-father, Lester Donlin; a son, Ted on January 22, 2014; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Lena and Nick Lauters; a sister, Marlene Mousel; a brother and his wife, Butch and Lynn Langel; brother-in-law, Wally Luedtke; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Robert and Kathleen Johnson, DeLores and Ray Sjostrom and Wayne and Jeanette Delperdang.
Memorials in Bob’s name may be directed to Gehlen Catholic Schools or All Saints Parish.