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Lauterburg - Oehler Funeral Home

2000 East Northwest Highway, Arlington Heights, IL

OBITUARY

Irvin W. Lange

March 7, 1933June 12, 2020
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Irvin W. Lange Jr, 87, was born March 7, 1933 in Chicago to Irvin and Clara (Kuchenbecker) Lange and passed away June 12, 2020.

Irvin was the beloved husband of Marbeth (Bensen) Lange; loving father of Steve (Debbie) Lange, Leslie (Jeff) Grange, Cher Mason, Sally (Paul) Miller, and Corey (Kathleen) Lange; devoted grandfather to Kelsey, Andy, Justin, Eric, Steven, Daniel, Phoenix, Liberty, Michelle and Donny; dear great-grandfather to Caiden and D.J.; brother to Robert Lange and Kenneth (Carol) Lange; and uncle, cousin and friend to many. He was preceded in death by his parents and his grandson Paul Miller Jr.

Irv loved Chicago and the old neighborhood. He entered the Army in 1953 and served two years in Germany during the Korean War. He met Marbeth Bensen in Logan Square, they married in 1955, moved to the suburbs in 1961, and raised five children.

Over his lifetime, Irv had many jobs but his true love was driving an 18-wheeler hauling anything and everything from coast-to-coast and everywhere in between. He was an owner-operator and his children have many memories travelling with him on summer break. He loved trains and was a long time member of a model railroad club. He enjoyed fishing and the old timey sound of bluegrass music. For nearly 60 years, he was an active member and volunteer at Faith Lutheran Church.

He was fond of telling stories and jokes, talking about his five great kids, and the closeness of his family. For 34 years, he unconditionally welcomed and shared his home with Marbeth’s mother Bess, who he called Ma, and treated as his own. Visitation will be Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at Faith Lutheran Church, 431 S. Arlington Heights Road in Arlington Heights, from 4-8 PM and Wednesday June 17th from 10 AM until the time of the Funeral service at 11 AM. Interment will follow at Memory Gardens cemetery in Arlington Heights.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Faith Lutheran Church or Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter, 8430 W. Bryn Mawr, Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60631 www.alz.org/illinois/donate

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, June 16, 2020

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, June 17, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, June 17, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Wednesday, June 17, 2020

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Priscilla Callans (Otis)

June 16, 2020

I can barely think of a childhood memory that doesn't include the Lange's! My dad and mom, Jim and Jackie Otis, were best friends with Irv and Marbeth and we all spent time together like an extended family. Summer holidays were so much fun, trading off houses along with the Onnens and the Petersons while the moms shared the cooking, the men were busy grilling and getting scolded by Marbeth when they would squirt the charcoal lighter to blast the flames too close to the garage after a few cocktails. We loved it, the rest of the time us kids ran around getting into neighborhood mischief until it was time to eat. I loved when Irv would have his big truck parked in the driveway and we could go in the cab and play around in it. Weekends would find Irv and my dad working on their model trains in our basement, blasting music late into the night. My dad always smiled and laughed a little more when Irv was around because Irv was that kind of person, just genuinely a nice guy with a hearty laugh, who was easy to be around. He always had a big hug and a 'How is it going Pris?' when we would see them, I always appreciated that he didn't talk down to kids. Sundays were spent at Faith and the 'coffee ands' in the basement after the service, always together as a group. I will always remember Irv like that, standing in the back yards, with my dad and Dick Onnen, sharing a beer and in turns laughing and yelling at the antics of us kids while they sent smoke signals into the sky from the grill and getting the kids to run inside and sneak them all out some deviled eggs before it was time to eat. I am grateful to have been a part of the extended Lange family, my love to all of you.

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