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LANGENBERG, Fred J., Rev. 1903-1990


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 1/1/2016 at 10:46:43

Rev. Langenberg Services Held

Rev. Fred Langenberg, 86, of Des Moines, and formerly of Grundy Center, passed away Saturday, September 1, at the Calvin Manor Health Center in Des Moines.

Memorial services were held Monday evening, September 3, at 7 p.m. at Douglas Avenue Presbyterian Church in Des Moines.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 4, at 2 p.m. at Bethany Presbyterian Church with Rev. Calvin Vanderwerf and Rev. Glenn Dieken officiating.

Casket bearers were Jeffrey Heronimus, Dana Langenberg, John Heronimus, Tom Heser, Brian Wilkinson and Troy Tucker.

Interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery in Grundy Center.

Fred J. Langenberg, son of Henry and Anna Fleer Langenberg, was born October 30, 1903, at Bay, Missouri.

After graduating from Owensville, Missouri, High School, he attended the University of Dubuque where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1929. He then studied at the Dubuque Theological Seminary and earned the Bachelor of Theology degree in 1931 and the Master of Theology degree in 1945. The University honored him in 1956 by awarding him the degree of Doctor of Divinity.

Rev. Langenberg was united in marriage to Mildred Schap on September 7, 1932. The couple served three congregations during his pastorate: Dakota Community Church, Dakota, IL, from 1931 to 1935; Lyon County First Presbyterian Church, George, from 1935 to 1940; and Bethany Presbyterian Church, Grundy Center, from 1940 to 1959.

During the period 1944 to 1948 he conducted a radio ministry from radio station KXEL in Waterloo which was known as "The Call of the Cross." In 1959 he was chosen as an Associate Executive of the Synod of Iowa and in 1961 was named Executive Presbyter of Northwest and North Central Presbyteries.

He was honorably retired in 1973. During his retirement years he continued an active and busy schedule as interim supply pastor and chaplain at Calvin Manor Retirement home.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters; and three brothers.

He is survived by his wife, Mildred of Des Moines; one son and daughter-in-law, Leland and Marian Langenberg of Urbandale; one daughter and son-in-law, Marcia and T.J. Heronimus of Grundy Center; one brother and sister-in-law, the Rev. Dr. Arnold W. Langenberg and Luella, of Hastings, NE; six grandchildren; 14 nieces and nephews; and many precious friends.

Memorials may be directed to Douglas Avenue Presbyterian Church, Des Moines; Calvin Manor Retirement Center, Des Moines; or Bethany Presbyterian Church, Grundy Center.

The Engelkes-Abels Funeral Home in Grundy Center was in charge of the arrangements.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 6 September 1990, pg 3


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