Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Paul Franklin Lange 1920-1988

Paul Franklin Lange was born on January 12, 1920 in the family home south of Grand Rapids, Itasca, Minnesota. He had a paper route to supplement the family income during the depression. As a teenager he was hired out to drive foreign visitors around the area. In the 1930’s he worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC’s). He served in the U.S. Army primarily in France during World War II from November 22, 1943 until his honorable discharge on January 28, 1946. In 1947, Paul moved with his wife and three sons to Port Huron, Michigan, for about a year and then moved to Wisconsin living in Madison, Waunakee, and Ripon over the next 10 years. They moved to Ogilvie, Minnesota, in 1959 where they lived the remainder of their lives. Paul and Luella purchased a farm about three miles north of Ogilvie and leased out the land. Paul worked as a mechanic in Milaca and Mora, Minnesota for about 20 years and worked at Arcon Construction in Mora prior to retirement in about 1979. He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and also of the American Legion in Ogilvie. He was a kind and patient person, always willing to help others. Paul died on 8 April 1988 at the Veteran’s Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Paul Lange was married on August 17, 1941 to Luella Ineze Austin in Grand Rapids, Itasca, Minnesota. Luella was born to Clarence and Martha Austin on August 21, 1923 in Grand Rapids, Itasca, Minnesota. Her younger years were spent in Warba, where she attended school. She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Women’s Club and the Pleasant 6 Hour Club. She enjoyed life and her family and was always willing to give of herself to help others. Luella died on August 28. 1988 in Bemidji, Itasca, Minnesota, while visiting her daughter. (How many Lange's can you ID in this photo?)

My Sources are from my database, birth, marriage, and death certificates and information from one son.

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