OBITUARY

William Ronald Langley

June 10, 1944June 15, 2018
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William Ronald “Ron” Langley

June 10, 1944 – June 15, 2018

William Ronald “Ron” Langley went to the Lord peacefully in his sleep at Baylor All Saints Hospital in Fort Worth, late in the evening on June 15, 2018. Ron was 74 years of age and had been surrounded by family and close friends during the final weeks of his life as he looked forward to moving to his new apartment in Arlington. Unfortunately his heart could not keep up with the several chronic conditions of aging that he had dealt with for many years.

Ron was born in Ennis and grew up in Ft. Worth. He served our nation for four years as a proud member of U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division, where he received his Honorable Discharge on April 27, 1965. He was a paratrooper and attained the rank of Corporal (E-4), in March 1963. His time in the Army was during the pre-Vietnam era and in recent months he was putting together notes for a book on his various deployments in Central and South America.

After the service he returned to North Texas and embarked on an entrepreneurial career that spanned a variety of industries including aviation, service stations, and golf. He was a pilot and flew aircraft for Langley Aviation, where a major element of the business was buying and selling twin-engine and small planes. He also owned several gas stations and convenience stores, including his primary location which was a Shell Station on the corner of Collins and Lamar.

Throughout his life Ron was an avid golfer where in 2007 he competed in the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship in Mesquite, Nevada. He also built and sold custom golf clubs, including a set for his young grandson Kade.

Ron had six children and stepchildren. He was preceded in death by the love of his life, Connie Jo Langley, in 2016. He was also preceded in death by his children William Ronald (Ronnie) Langley II, and Tonya Davis. He is survived by his brother David Langley, daughters Teresa Langley and Magan Durand, and stepchildren Kyle McGonigal and Melissa Alexander. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Jake Moore, Jerrica Davis, Seth Pierson, Dalton Pierson, Madison Coney, Logan Langley, Abigail Durand, Paul Durand III, Kade McGonigal, Cohen McGonigal, Corbin McGonigal, and one great granddaughter, Hailey Davis.

Interment with his wife Connie will be held at 9:15 am on Friday, July 6, 2018 at the Dallas-Ft. Worth National Cemetery. A gathering for friends and a Celebration of Ron’s Life will be held at the Bean-Massey Burge Funeral Home (2951 S Belt Line Road, Grand Prairie) following the service, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. In recent weeks Ron had said that if he had more money he would contribute to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. In lieu of flowers the family would suggest contributions in honor of Ron to St. Jude’s or your favorite Veteran’s organization.

Services

  • Inurnment Service Friday, July 6, 2018
  • Gathering Friday, July 6, 2018
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Dick Smith

July 14, 2018

Ron (W.R.) and I were pretty much life long friends. I was totally shocked to find out he had died. I didn't even know he had been in the hospital. He and I had talked a few weeks ago about getting him back on the golf course. Sorry we didn't get that done.
We had some great times together. Hot Rods, Clover Drive In, Poly High School, and many, many other activities. I will sure miss my good buddy. He was truly "one of a kind". I would like to talk to Teresa, Magan or Kyle to get some details as to what led up to Ron's death.

Sandra Gonzales

July 6, 2018

Teresa, Im so sorry for your loss , not just your dad but for Tonya and Ronnie too. I wanted to say thank you for your kindness to Logan , it means a lot. He is a good kid and he looks so much like Ronnie. I also have lost my dad and my little brother so I understand the emptiness that will always be there. Take care of yourself, your kids are beautiful, live each day like it’s your last. May God bless you all. Sincerely, Sandra

Magan Durand

July 6, 2018

Dad would always take my flying as his “co-pilot” one time about 2-3 years old when we were coming down for a landing I grabbed the yoke and pulled back for take off and the plane took a sharp turn up. Almost gave Mom a heart attack while Dad just laughed.

Tory Moran

July 4, 2018

My most vivid memory of Ron was his loving, quiet voice. You could hear the love he had for his grandsons Kade, Cohen and Corbin in the way he spoke to them, always a smile and open arms. Kade was the greatest joy in his life as he and Connie helped care for Kade as a newborn until Kyle's marriage to Holly.
Ron had narrated a Christmas Book for the boys 3 years ago, this recording is a priceless gift they will cherish. Ron was a loving Papa, Stepfather and friend, he enjoyed all his life had given him!
Thank you Ron for loving our grandsons with all your heart, we love you and miss you so much❤️
Tom and Tory

Magan Durand

July 2, 2018

He taught Mike how to hunt deer and turkey.

Magan Durand

July 2, 2018

He taught Melissa how to shoot (billiards) pool and she use to beat Dick smith every time he came to play pool.

Magan Durand

July 2, 2018

Dad was always the loudest one cheering and rooting for me and Missy at all our dance shows. I can still hear him “whoo whoo whoo whoo” and swinging his fist in the air for us!

Magan Durand

July 2, 2018

Dad loved playing Nintendo while I was growing up. I would always run and sit in his lap while he purposely started all over from level 1 of Mario and beat every single level in order until he finished the entire game. We must have done it a weekly for a while.

Magan Durand

July 2, 2018

When I was little, Dad used the airplanes as my “babysitter” He would work while I hung out in the plane. One time he went to show a plane to a customer and as soon as he took off he said the plane started turning to flip upside down. He couldn’t believe he forgot to check all the gears after me playing in it. Oops.

Magan Durand

July 2, 2018

When I was little, Dad put a swing in the front yard. He would have me face the house and push me as HIGH as he could. He would push me so high I could touch my feet to the roof of the house and say “I DID IT!!!” He loved telling that story to people.