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Francis Eugene "Gene" Langen


Service: 11:00am Wed. January 8th, 2020
Location: St. Teresa Catholic Church

LANGEN, Francis Eugene "Gene", 90, of Springfield, died peacefully on January 3, 2020 at Mercy Health Oakwood Village Retirement Community. Despite declining health over the last several years, Gene lived each day with dignity; he never lost his sense of humor and never complained. Gene's family is grateful that he lived a full life, highlighted by the love of family, the company of friends, service to his country, community, and church, and a passion for travel.

Born in Springfield, Ohio on July 15, 1929, Gene was the eldest of four children born to Ralph and Bessie Bayliss Langen. He graduated from Catholic Central High School in 1947 and attended The University of Dayton for one year before beginning a career as a pressman at Crowell-Collier Publishing Company in Springfield. Gene enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1950 and served during the Korean War. He married Margaret “Peg” Copeland on November 25, 1954 at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Springfield. A job with NCR took Gene and Peg to Washington Court House in 1959 where they raised their six children. Gene retired from the Office of the Ohio Auditor of State in 1994, and he and Peg returned to Springfield to enjoy their retirement years.

A devout Catholic, Gene volunteered in several parish ministries throughout his life as a member of St. Colman Catholic Church in Washington Court House and St. Teresa Catholic Church and St. Vincent DePaul Society in Springfield. Gene also served in leadership positions in the Fayette County Democratic Party and coordinated the Muscular Dystrophy Association Labor Day Telethon in WCH for many years.

Gene was an outdoorsman his entire life. Fishing, hunting and camping were his favorite outdoor activities in his younger years, and in retirement he became an avid birdwatcher. As a member of the Springfield Audubon Society, Gene enjoyed birdwatching trips and spent hours observing the birds he attracted to his backyard feeders.

Travel was Gene’s passion; the trips he and Peg took on their own and the tours they took with United Senior Services of Springfield nurtured his keen sense of adventure. Favorite destinations included the U.S. and Canadian Rocky Mountains, New England and the Canadian Maritimes, North Carolina’s Outer Banks, Chincoteague, VA, and Myrtle Beach, SC. Gene cruised both the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers on paddle-wheelers, rafted the Grand Canyon’s Colorado River, immersed himself in the beauty of Alaska and Hawaii, walked in the footsteps of his ancestors in Ireland, cruised the Mediterranean Sea and observed African wildlife on a photo safari in Kenya and Tanzania. Gene and fellow WWII and Korean War era veterans flew to Washington D.C. in April 2014 as distinguished guests of Honor Flight, Inc. Travel enriched Gene’s life, and he was fortunate to have seen and experienced so much of this world.

Gene is survived by his children, Colleen (Steve) Anders of Richmond, VA; Kay (Jon) Gray of Mt. Vernon, Ohio, and Kevin Langen, Gina Langen (John Okuley), and Dan (Tami) Langen, all of Columbus; grandsons, Kyle, Tyler and Ryan Kinsey; Adam Okuley; Christopher and Matthew Anders and Michael and Andrew Langen; brothers, Roger L. Langen of Springfield, Allan T. Langen of Evansville, IN; brothers-in-law Richard Copeland and Michael Copeland of Springfield, several cousins and many nieces and nephews and their families. Gene was preceded in death by his wife Peg, his son, Bud Langen, his parents, and an infant sister, Rosemary Langen.

The Langen family extends its heartfelt appreciation to the Oakwood Village staff who lovingly watched over Gene for many years and to friends at Oakwood Village and St. Teresa Catholic Church who always remembered Gene with cards and visits. Sincere thanks, also, to the devoted nurses and volunteers of Ohio’s Mercy Community Hospice.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 10:00 to 11:00 am at St. Teresa Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at St. Theresa Catholic Church at 11:00 am on Wednesday followed by inurnment at St. Bernard Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Gene's memory to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of St. Teresa Catholic Church, 1827 N. Limestone, Springfield, OH 45503; Honor Flight, Inc., 174 South Tuttle Road, Springfield, OH 45505; Ohio’s Mercy Community Hospice, 100 W. McCreight Ave. #400, Springfield, OH 45504, or a charity of your choice.

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We remember the joy of meeting your father. He was full of life, love and humor. May you find peace in knowing that he is in heaven with his beloved wife and the Lord.

- Biv and Carol Taylor, Friday January 10th, 2020

Kevin--very sorry for your loss--

- Brian Richards, Wednesday January 8th, 2020

Dear Al and Family, I am very sorry for your loss. May God bless you in your time of sorrow. Deacon Tom Cervone (Holy Redeemer)

- Deacon Tom Cervone, Tuesday January 7th, 2020

Colleen, thinking of you and your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.7 Wishing you peace and strength.

- Chris Guerci, Tuesday January 7th, 2020

Colleen, Kevin, Kay, Gina & Dan, and families; I was deeply saddened to read of your dad‘s passing. It sounds like he and your mom led a very adventurous and fulfilling life. I have such fond memories of our lives as next-door neighbors as kids. I remember how your dad would stand on the back porch and whistle when it was time for you all to come home for dinner. I also remember running around in the dark as we caught lightning bugs while our parents sat outside on warm summer evenings. Colleen, I had just received your nice Christmas letter on Monday and then read of your dad’s passing in Tuesday’s newspaper. I’m so glad you all got to spend quality time with him in recent months. I’m thinking of you all and wish I could attend the funeral, but please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

- Melanie (Wilkins) Vince, Tuesday January 7th, 2020

Kevin and family. Kevin I’m sorry for your loss. You certainly have demonstrated faith and loyalty to your dad over the years and I will pray for your peace As you remember your dad.

- Joanna Pallos, Tuesday January 7th, 2020

Sorry for your loss. Hope warm memories bring you comfort at this sad time.

- Leigh DeFreitas, Monday January 6th, 2020

So sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. I know how much you’ll miss him. May you be comforted in knowing that he has gone home to Heaven and has been reunited with your mom. Love, Ann

- Ann Bolesta, Monday January 6th, 2020

Uncle Gene will always be remembered by me for his easy manner & sense of humor. I will miss him but rejoice knowing that he is reunited with Aunt Peg & Buddy. Lifting you all n prayer this week. Peace.

- Mary Rita Shank, Monday January 6th, 2020

Be assured of prayers for you and your family. What a wonderful man whose life we are celebrating !

- Mary Ellen Thomas, Sunday January 5th, 2020

Dear Kevin, Sending our sympathy in the loss of your Dad whom you loved dearly. Know you are in our thoughts & prayers. Fondly, Helen & Gene

- Helen & Gene McDaniel, Sunday January 5th, 2020

Our deepest sympathies and condolences are with you Kevin and your family as you grieve for your Dad. May you be sustained knowing he has lived a great life with loving family and friends and now gets to be with his heavenly family. Rest In Peace.

- Phil and Martina Rosen, Sunday January 5th, 2020

Comfort and peace to you Kevin.

- Jackie Rutan, Sunday January 5th, 2020

Thank you for being my big(almost)brother. You will be missed. My love and prayers to all.

- Patty(Langen)Teets, Sunday January 5th, 2020

Sharing in your sadness as you remember your Dad. I feel so lucky to have met him some 40 years ago when Kevin and I were at Ohio State. Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs.

- Diana McDaniel, Saturday January 4th, 2020

Gene and Peg were good friends and very active in the Clark County Democratic Party. Peg and I always volunteered at the Democratic booth at the Clark County Fair. They were both very good workers and will be missed. RIP.

- Juanita Dennison, Saturday January 4th, 2020

Dear Kevin, Sending our sympathy in the loss of your Dad whom you loved dearly. Know you are in our thoughts & prayers. Fondly, Helen & Gene

- Helen & Gene McDaniel, Saturday January 4th, 2020

My condolences to the Gene’s children and their families. I know of Gene only through the many stories of my long time friend Kevin, his son. I know his children visited him frequently which was a sure source of comfort to him. He is now freed from his body. May his Spirit soar in the loving embrace of God and all who have gone before him marked w the sign of faith.

- Mark Matson, Saturday January 4th, 2020

So very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

- Patrick O'Brien, Saturday January 4th, 2020

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