Ross A. Langill

Aug. 13, 1923 - Jan. 29, 2008

Ross Alexander Langill, 84, an attorney from Waukesha, died of natural causes at his Sarasota, Fla., home Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008. Mr. Langill was born Aug. 13, 1923, in Menominee, Mich.

In World War II, he was a sergeant in the U.S. Army Force Fourth Combat Cargo Group, and saw action in India and Burma. After the war, he graduated from Beloit College, where he was a member and officer of SAE. In 1952, he graduated from Harvard Law School.

After working in tax and audit with Ernst & Young in Milwaukee, he established a private practice as a tax attorney in Waukesha. He was a past president of the Waukesha County Bar Association. He served for many years on, and chaired, the Board of Bar Commissioners for Waukesha County for the Wisconsin Supreme Court Office of Lawyer Regulation.

He was a co-founder of the City of Brookfield and served on their original planning commission. In Waukesha, he served as one of the founders of the Humane Animal Welfare Society (HAWS), was a board member of the YWCA and served as a president of the board of the Waukesha Symphony Orchestra. He was also a lifetime member of the Elmbrook Masonic Lodge and the Sons of the American Revolution.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Marily Kroening, and a daughter, Marily Jean Langill.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Langill; children, Ross (Ellen) of Waukesha, Norman (Jane) of Seattle, Scott of Washington, D.C., Steven (Ginnie) Baier of Waukesha and Virginia (Jon) Herbrand of Oconomowoc; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial reception in celebration of Rossí life will be held from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Friday, April 18, at Randle-Dable Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha.

In lieu of flowers, donations should be sent to St. Matthias Episcopal Church, the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County, The Clearing in Ellison Bay or to the charity of the donorís choice.

For further information, please call Randle-Dable Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035, or go to for directions or to leave an online tribute.