Cleon Michael Lange, 63, of Willow Lake Township passed away Sunday, September 9, 2012 peacefully in his sleep at home.
Memorial services were held Wednesday, September 12 at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Wabasso.
Private family burial was held. Memorials are preferred to Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited or the Redwood Animal Shelter.
Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. The Steph-ens Funeral Service - Redwood Valley Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.
Cleon Michael Lange was born August 24, 1949 in Redwood Falls to Oskar and Bonnie (Fruge) Lange. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church where he has been a lifelong member. Cleon graduated from Wabasso High School in 1967.
He married his high school sweetheart, Diane Hoffman, August 12, 1972 at St. Matthew’s. They made their home on the family farm and ran a diversified livestock and grain farming operation.
They were blessed with two daughters, Shari and Kristi. Cleon wore several hats – a farmer, seed corn dealer, ambulance and school bus driver, auctioneer and truck driver. He was so thankful to those around him for the opportunity to live, work, and raise a family.
Cleon loved farming and took pride in his fields. He was always interested in the latest machinery and often visited dealerships to learn more. Occasionally he would offer suggestions to the company in designing implements.
Cleon was interested in replica models of tractors and farm machinery and enjoyed visiting with others who shared his interest at trade shows. Cleon loved animals and critters enjoyed a mutual affection for him. He rode motorcycle, hunted and fished, and always had a lively story to share about his adventures. Cleon looked forward to spending time with his family and visiting with his Louisiana cousins, friends, and neighbors. He relaxed by playing computer games, doing word puzzles,and watching movies.
Cleon and Diane celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary and his 63rd birthday in August.
Cleon is survived by his wife Diane; daughters Shari and Kristi; sister Lonnie (Larry) Leske; brother Larry (Vickie) Lange; mother-in-law Elvera Hoffman; nephews and nieces.
He is preceded in death by his parents Oskar and Bonnie Lange and father-in-law Elmer Hoffman.