Patrick H. Langan

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Langan, Patrick Henry Patrick Henry Langan, November 15, 1924 - November 9, 2012. Born in Streator, Illinois, son of Philip and Lenora Langan. He was preceded in death by his high school sweetheart and loving wife, Roberta (Sanderson) Langan who was the mother of his four children. His eldest son, Patrick Robert Langan, also preceded him in death. He is survived by his sister, Anne Marie Langan, his dear companion, Pat Helm, and his children and their spouses: Mary Kay (Robert), Michael (Diana), and Timothy (Kitty); (Mary) the wife of Patrick; seven grandchildren, Patrick, Katie, Jillian, Sean, Jacob, Molly, and Roberta, and six great grandchildren. Pat served in combat in World War II in the Signal Battalion Company, III Amphibious Corps of the United States Marine Corps, where he participated in the invasions of Guam and Okinawa. As a student at Streator High School, he was a talented athlete earning varsity letters in football, basketball, and track and served as class President and participated in Boys State, Illinois. He obtained his bachelors degree from St. Ambrose College in Iowa and his law degree from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois after the war. Pat worked his entire career for Armour and Company, later Greyhound Corporation and ConAgra, as the manager of Insurance and Casualty. He dedicated his life to his family and friends and was known for his loyal friendships, caring ways, and contagious sense of humor that touched so many lives. He dedicated countless hours to the juvenile welfare program in Chicago, Illinois, was a Little League coach, Boy Scout leader, and supported local education programs in Peoria by serving as a frequent speaker on his WW II experiences and delighting younger students as visiting leprechaun on St. Patrick's Day at local schools. He was a Third Degree Member of Knights of Columbus, a member of the American Legion, and the Elks Club. Pat was a father, grandfather, and companion to everyone, living his life by the Marine Corps motto of "Semper Fi" always faithful to family, friends, and country. A funeral mass was held at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church on Friday, November 16, 2012, a rosary was held immediately before mass. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Boys Town, Omaha, Nebraska or the U.S. Marine Corps "Toys for Tots" charities.
Published in Beacon News on Nov. 28, 2012
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