John M. Lang, 86

John M. "Hans" Lang, 86, of West Bend, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, town of Polk.

He was born on May 1, 1922, to the late John and Theresa (Beck) Lang on the family homestead farm in the town of Trenton.

Hans attended West Bend High School and graduated in 1940.

On June 28, 1947, he was united in marriage to Mildred Donath at Holy Angles Catholic Church.

Hans farmed on the family farm until 1976 when he and Mildred moved to West Bend. Hans also worked for the former West Bend Malt & Grain Co. and for the city of West Bend in the Public Works Department.

Hans was a member of Holy Angeles Catholic Church, and the West Bend Moose Lodge 1398. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and was an avid Packer and Brewer fan.

He is survived by his wife, Mildred; their four children, Richard (Mary Jane) Lang of West Bend, Sandy (her friend, John Hoeft) Lang of West Bend, Michael (Jolene) Lang of West Bend, David (Kay Wamsley) Lang of West Bend; seven grandchildren, Brian (Shelly) Lang, Brenda (Jeremy) Kell, Chris (Kelly) Lang, Travis Lang, Jenny (Jay) Beth, Mark (Nikki) Wamsley, Jamie Wamsley; four great-grandchildren, Logan Kell, Nicholas Kell, Emilia Lang, Summer Wamsley; one sister, Marion Schwinn, formerly of Fillmore, two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Gasner of Plymouth and Mildred Donath of West Bend; many other dear relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Dolores Lang; and three brothers-in-law, Frank Gasner, Orin Donath and Arvin Schwinn.

A Mass of Christian Burial in remembrance of Hans will be held at noon Saturday at Holy Angels Catholic Church, 138 N. Eighth Avenue. Fr. Gerald Brittain will be the celebrant.

Visitation will be Saturday at the church only from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass.

Burial will follow in Holy Angels Cemetery.

Memorial to the Diabetes Association or the Holy Angels School Trust Fund are appreciated.

Myrhum-Patten Funeral & Cremation Service is assisting the family.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Mosley, Cedar Lake Staff and the nurses at St. Joseph’s Hospital for the wonderful care they provided for Hans.

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