Philip S. Lang

February 23, 1927September 19, 2013

LANG, Philip S. was born in Chicago, Illinois on February 23, 1927 to Philip S. Lang and Flora M. Baehrens. After graduating from Paw Paw High School in 1945, Phil began his college career at Michigan State College (University). His college studies were interrupted with two years of service in Alaska for the U.S. Army. Phil returned to MSU to complete his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. During his senior year, Phil married his loving wife, Evelyn W. Blanchard, on March 17, 1951. Upon graduation, Phil began his career at Saginaw Steering gear Division of General Motors Corporation. In 1963, he attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Sloan Fellow and graduated with a Master of Science Degree in Industrial Management. Upon returning to Saginaw Steering Gear, Phil held many management positions including Superintendent of Plant 2, Manager of Plant 6, and Director of Quality Control and Reliability. In 1970, Phil was transferred to AC Spark Plug in Flint where he was Works Manager and Director of Business Planning until retiring in 1989. Following retirement, Phil worked as Executive Director of the Flint Executive Service Corps for four years. Phil was a dedicated volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America for 46 years in Saginaw and Flint including 5 years as the Tall Pine Council President, 3 years as state President and was also the recipient of the Silver Beaver and Silver Antelope Awards. Phil also served in leadership positions on multiple boards and community organizations including: Center for Gerontology, Flint Institute of Music, MSU Extension Council both in Genesee County and Michigan State University, Senior Citizens Anticrime Network (SCAN), Genesys Volunteers/EverGreen, and the Flint Swim and Racquet Club. While in Saginaw, he served on the Board of Education and as a member of the Kiwanis Club. Phil was a member of Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club since 1970. Phil’s joy was his family and a lifelong passion for vegetable gardening. Phil is survived by his beloved wife Evelyn, of 63 years and five of his six children: Ruth (Mike) Roeder of Troy, Michigan, Mary Jane (Dennis) Grunden of Davison, Michigan, James (Diana) Lang of Valparaiso, Indiana, Sally (Richard) Brunkus of Milford, New Jersey, Susan (Dana) Higgins of Olivet, Michigan and daughter-in-law, Sue Lang of Victor, New York. His son, Philip S. Lang Jr., predeceased him in 2004. Phil also leaves 16 grandchildren: Jennifer Lang, Philip S. Lang (Eileen), Amy Lang Tschiderer (Steve), Eric Roeder (Hilary), Christopher Roeder (Lara), Kathryn Roeder, Kristen Grunden Campbell (Mark), Karen Grunden Hoyt, Michelle Lang, Gina Lang, Stefanie Lang, Jennifer Brunkus, Lesley Brunkus, Avery Brunkus, Daniel Higgins, Andrew Higgins, 11 great grandchildren and special friends, Len and Jean Decker. Phil also leaves a brother, Alfred Lang of Wisconsin, 1 nephew and 2 nieces. Per Phil’s request memorial donations may be made to the Boy Scouts of America, Crossroads Council, Water and Woods Field Service Center, formerly Tall Pine Council, 507 W. Atherton Rd., Flint,48507. Friends may visit the family from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Hill Funeral Home. The Funeral Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, September 22, 2013 at the funeral home. Chaplin Hank Messing will officiate. Burial will be in Michigan Memorial Park, Flat Rock, Michigan. Share your condolences with the family at


  • Visitation Saturday, September 21, 2013
  • Funeral Service Sunday, September 22, 2013

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jim/barb fowler

September 25, 2013

Evie and kids. We are saddened to learn of Phils passing. So many memories of our time at the F.S.R.C. Evie you and Phil raised a great family. Phil is in the hands of the Father who will make good use of his many talents. We pray for you.

Michael Heilbronn

September 24, 2013

Evie, and Kids Prayers and condolences for you all. What a great man-gave me my first break for a job at Steering Gear, and a great neighbor to Mom and Dad.

Fred Krause

September 23, 2013

I had the honor of working for Phil during his AC Spark Plug days. He was a respected leader and a true gentleman. One of the good guys in the "good old days". My thoughts and prayers are with his family.


September 22, 2013

Sally and family, Everyone at Del Val sends our deepest condolences to you and your family. Knowing how seeet and special you are, we can only imagine how wonderful your father was. Prayers are with you during this difficult time. All our love...

Martha Lang

September 22, 2013

I was sadden to hear of Uncle Phil's Death. I enjoyed the times I had talking to him about about family and history of our family. Uncle Phil, Aunt Evie and Jim came to my mother's memorial. We had a wonderful visit and had great talks as well as fond memories. Uncle Phil was a good and kind man who will not be forgotten. With much love.

Misty & Russell Stezowski/Aber

September 22, 2013

Susan, Dana, Daniel, and Andrew, I know how very hard it is to lose your daddy, father-in-law, and Grandpa, especially a man who was your everything. He was truly loved, and for that I am certain that he was most grateful. He was kind, humorous, and a very loving soul. I will miss him, as I know that the four of you will, too, most dearly. All of our love and prayers to you and your family during this time of loss and grieving.

Tina Rocco

September 21, 2013

Susan, Dana, and boys,
I am so sorry for this loss. I know what a very large and important part of your lives he was. I hope that you find comfort in each other. Please know that I will do anything I can to help you.

Chris Gleason

September 21, 2013

What a wonderful, wonderful man. Dear Lang thoughts, heart and prayers are with you during this most difficult of times.

Michele Schultz

September 21, 2013

Mary Jane and family
So surprised to read of your fathers passing. He was one of a kind. Such a kind, caring person. I hold dear my memories of him around Genesys. I remember getting him involved in the SCAN Network. My thoughts and prayers go out to you. Sorry I can not pay my respects as I am in Florida but you will be in my thoughts and prayers. Give your mom a hug for me.


Tom & Kara Grasso

September 20, 2013

Phil was the ultimate neighbor! Kind, respectful, and always smiling. We will miss seeing him manicure his beautiful yard.