Theodore Donald Langel was
born in Bloomer, WS on Sept. 6th, 1906. He was one of six children
born to Ellen Tealey and Joseph H. Langel.
Ted’s family came to MT in 1913 and
homesteaded in the Goldstone community north of Rudyard. Ted attended the GoldstoneCountrySchool near the farm.
Following his formal education he began working on the farm with his folks. On January 7th, 1928 he married Evelyn L Narestad at Havre. They continued
farming together during their married life. In 1936 they moved into Rudyard.
Ted managed the Farmer’s Union Oil Station in Rudyard for nine years. He
retired from farming in 1970, but continued to help with the fanning operations
until his health failed about four years ago. Ted moved to the Lutheran Home of
the Good Shepherd in Havre in the fall of 1989 and has resided there since. He
died at the NorthernMontanaHospital in Havre on the morning of Tues., Feb. 20th, at the age of 83 years.
Ted has been a
longtime member of Our Savior’s LutheranChurch in Rudyard. He was an
active board member of the Rudyard Service and Improvement Association during
those early years when the water and sewer lines were first installed. He had
also been a loyal supporter of the Farmer’s Union Elevator & Oil Company.
Ted enjoyed woodworking and carpentry, and he had made
wooden toys for children. In his younger years he enjoyed playing whist and
pinochle. He always had a large vegetable garden each year and his greatest
love was working on the farm. Although he was very content to be at home, he
did enjoy taking trips with Netes or spending
weekends at their Apgar cabin. Ted loved his family
and appreciated his wife (last month they celebrated their 62nd wedding
Ted is survived by
his wife, Netes of Rudyard; a son and
daughter-in-law, Douglas and Marj of Rudyard; a grandson, Brandon; two sisters, Mrs. Hayes (Trade) Starks and Mrs. Clifford
(Dorothy) Hodgdon, both of Mesa, Arizona; and
numerous nephews and nieces. Ted was preceded in death by his parents, by an
infant son, and by three brothers (Arnold, Henry and Robert).
were held at Friday, February 23rd, at the RudyardLutheranChurch. Reverend Jeff Olsgaard officiated. The congregation sang “In the Garden”,
accompanied by organist, Stanleigh Barbie. Vocal
tributes “Abide With Me” and “Rock of Ages” were performed by Terry Stevenson. Ushers were
Fred Rigg and Howard
Conquergood. Pallbearers were Bob Christenson,
Kenny Heydon and Gerald, Duaine,
Richard and StanleyLangel. Old friends serving as honorary
bearers included Morris Smith, Leonard Poier, Roland
Thomas Wilson, Sam Berge and Morris Ewald. Interment
was in the RudyardCemetery with arrangements by Rockman Chapel. A
luncheon followed at the church...