Godfrey "Fred" R. Lang, age 84, died Monday, September 9, 2013 at Hays Medical Center. He was born December 21, 1928, the son of Ignatz, Jr. and Rosa (Weber) Lang, in Ellis. He graduated from Ellis High School in 1945. On December 30, 1952, Godfrey was united in marriage to Lillie Ann Augustine, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ellis, after serving in the United States Army as artillery foreman during the Korean Conflict.
Fred graduated from Fort Hays State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education in 1957, going on to receive a Master of Science in Elementary School Adminstration in 1963.
Godfrey dedicated his life to children. He was a teacher, coach, and assistant principal at Miller Elementary School in Dodge City. As a new teacher starting out in Dodge City, he received the Outstanding Young Teacher award. During that time, he reorganized the Cub Scouts of America Sante Fe Trail Council in 1963, as well as serving as Cub Scout Master.
After teaching in Dodge City, he moved with his family to WaKeeney, where he served as principal at Collyer. From there, the family moved to Russell, where he was the principal of Simpson Elementary. In 1972, Godfrey was selected principal of the WaKeeney Grade and Junior High School, where he stayed until his retirement in 1990.
Fred was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church in WaKeeney and a lifetime member of both the Knights of Columbus and WaKeeney VFW Post. He was a former member of the Kansas and National Associations of Elementary School Principals and the Phi Delta Kappa honorary fraternity.
During his lifetime he held several volunteer positions including High School CCD Teacher, Lector for his parishes, and Community Service in conjunction with the Lions Club.
Survivors include his wife, Lillie A. Lang; his children Dr. Stanley Lang and wife Sheri; Dr. Gordon Lang and wife Jane; Patricia Langley and husband Rick; sisters Stella Augustine and Rosemarie Augustine and husband William; grandchildren Noel DeGray and husband, Doug; Elizabeth West and husband, Justin; Greg Lang; Dr. Jamie Lang and husband, Dr. Cole Ritchie; Alexander Langley; Maria Lang; Kathrine Lang; and Christopher Lang; and great-grandchildren Felicity West; Kepha West; and Samuel West. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Kathy Ann Connors, in 1989.
Mass of Christian burial will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, September 13, 2013 at Christ The King Catholic Church of WaKeeney. Inurnment will be in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday with a parish vigil service at 7:00 p.m., all at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Trego Recreation Commission or the Godfrey Lang Memorial Fund (to establish a scholarship), and may be sent in care of Schmitt Funeral Home, 336 North 12th, WaKeeney, KS 67672.
Please take a moment to view Fred's video tribute, by clicking the link above.