William Edward Lange
February 28, 1945 – July 23, 2020
William Edward "Bill" Lange, 75, of Midlothian, went to watch baseball’s Opening Day on the big screen in Heaven, July 23, 2020. Born in Petersburg, he was the son of Alphonso Lange Sr. and Helen Elko Lange. Bill served in the Army in counterintelligence, obtained a Bachelor of Arts in history from RPI and a Master of Political Science from the University of Maryland. Bill retired from the Library of Virginia, after 35 years of service as an Archivist. He attended St. Edward Catholic Church. Bill was a dedicated volunteer for years at local hospitals and recently with the Richmond Animal League. He will always be remembered for his selfless spirit, kind heart and inquisitive nature. He filled his days with a love of his family and friends, his dogs, baseball, reading and history. Bill is survived by his son, Brian Lange and wife, Charlotte Lange, of Midlothian; and stepson, Brandon Blair of Richmond. He was preceded in death by his brother, Alphonso Lange Jr. A gathering of family and friends will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 4, 2020, at Woody Funeral Home, Huguenot Chapel, 1020 Huguenot Road, Midlothian, Va. 23113. His committal and final resting place will ultimately be in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Petersburg. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Richmond Animal League at www.RAL.org or the Virginia Historical Society at www.virginiahistory.org.
Bill loved reading, the American pastime of baseball, his many dogs over the years, (most recently Blondie and Princess) and studying virtually all genres of history. He had many friends… you know who you are! Above all, he cherished spending time with his son; hitting pop flys and playing catch, shooting soda cans, as well as shooting countless games of pool. They talked about the important differences between being a father and a dad. Bill was the best Dad for which a son could ask! He was always up for new experiences like kayaking, taking banjo lessons, riding roller coasters, taking a helicopter tour, zip-lining, go-cart racing, hiking in the mountains or going to see a concert or a magician perform. Bill was even an extra on camera in the movie, Iron Jawed Angels. He would often say, “you have to know where you came from in order to know where you are going.” We all now take comfort in knowing he is resting peacefully in Heaven.
Online condolences may be conveyed to the family at www.woodyfuneralhomehuguenot.com.
Tuesday, August 4, 2020
William Edward Lange
August 5, 2020
I am already missing him greatly. Bill has been my best friend
for about 23 years. Hanging out about 4 times a week, our interest
in stamps, antiquities, etc. always made for a fun time. His
knowledge of history, baseball, politics, etc. allowed my education
to continue. It seems like every time he spoke, I learned
Here's to having a bountiful supply of strawberry's, shrimp,
chocolate milk, pumpkin pie, and salad with plenty of green
peppers, carrots, and radishes in Heaven. And books.
August 3, 2020
Bill was a great guy. I knew him at the Library of Va. where I was also employed. I also knew Bill through my Mother in Law, Ann Causey who has also past on to the Lord. He was a good friend of hers. They both attended church at Sacred Heart on Perry St. in Richmond. Bill was also a cursillesta in the christian cursillo community in Richmond. Ann sponsored him on his weekend. Bill and I had several good talks together and also played several games of pool. My condolences to his family. May the Peace and Love of Jesus Christ be with you all.
July 31, 2020
Billy was an amazing and loyal friend/relative. He was always there for me in the bad times and good times. He wrote letters that contained historical artifacts all the time; interesting information. We will miss him! He is at peace with our Lord and looking over us, of that I am sure. Bill, you were loved! In mind and spirit, you will always be present.