Michael J. Lang


OREGON – Michael J. Lang, 74, longtime Oregon resident, died Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017 in UW Health, Madison after a short illness. Born Jan. 3, 1943 in Polo the son of William “Ed” and Leona (Krum) Lang.

Mike was a 1962 graduate of Oregon High School, served 4 years in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Ticonderoga in both Vietnam and Okinawa and earned degrees in Fire and Police Science from Sauk Valley and Rock Valley Community Colleges. He spent nine years working as a photo engraver and then 28 years in Crash Fire Rescue and Law Enforcement at the Greater Rockford Airport. Married to Merna Lang on May 11, 1998 in Arkansas.

Mike enjoyed fishing, especially on Lake Norfolk in Arkansas and trips to Florida with his family. He was always telling stories about his years living above the old Ogle County Jail while his father was sheriff. He was a member of Oregon United Methodist Church and a 32nd Degree Mason in Oregon Masonic Lodge #420.

Survived by his wife, Merna; daughter, Michelle (Dan Ball) Lang; and many beloved cousins.

Predeceased by his parents and brother, Steve.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A Memorial Service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5 in the Oregon United Methodist Church preceded by a visitation beginning at 1 p.m. Pastor Thomas Kim, of the church, officiated. Private burial in Ashton Cemetery at a later date. A memorial fund is being established. Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon assisted the family with arrangements.  

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