Lester Henry "Red" Langewisch, 79, of Wellsville, Kan., died Thursday, Aug. 24, 2006 at his home.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., Monday, Aug. 28, 2006, at Wilson's Funeral Home in Wellsville. Visitation was from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, 2006, also at Wilson's. Burial followed services in the Wellsville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wellsville American Legion Post 194 in care of Wilson's, PO Box 486, Wellsville, Kans. 66092.
Lester Henry "Red" Langewisch was born Jan. 18, 1927, in Sweet Springs, the son of Frederick Wilhelm and Anna Margaret (Reinwald) Langewisch. He grew up on the family farm near Sweet Springs. He attended Bethel Parochial school through the eighth grade and then worked the family farm, the youngest of nine children. He joined the U.S. Army in 1945, serving his country during WW II in Japan. He was honorably discharged in 1946 following an injury. On Dec. 26, 1949, he married Dorothy Ann "Dottie" Reno in Sedalia. After 54 years of marriage, she preceded him in death on Aug. 24, 2002. He retired from Delco Battery in Olathe in 1986 after 30 years of employment. He then worked for Taylor Oil in Wellsville for several years. He had lived in Wellsville since 1963. He was a member of First Lutheran Church in Paola, Kan., the Wellsville American Legion Post 194 and a past member of the Wellsville VFW 9113.
He is survived by three daughters, Pam Scott of Burlington, Kan., Sandi Lauersdorf of Gardner, Kan., and Denise Fitzgerald of Wellsville, Kan.; a brother Edwin Langewisch of Fayetteville; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, six sisters and one brother.