Phillip Gerard Langr passed from this life into eternal life on May 11th, 2021.
Phil was born on March 14th, 1956 in Owatonna, MN to parents Jerome and Phyllis Langr. Phil was baptized and confirmed at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in West Concord, MN where he grew up alongside his sister and four brothers.
In 1974, Phil graduated from West Concord High School and went on to pursue a degree in law enforcement from Alexandria Technical College. Still, Phil would say his biggest achievement at Alexandria was to meet the woman who would become his wife. Phil and Joan Schiele were united in marriage on November 5th, 1977 at St. Ann's Parish in Brandon, MN. Their family would soon grow to include sons Joshua, Christopher, and Kyle.
In 1979, Phil joined the Waseca County Sheriff's Office as a Sheriff's Deputy and later an investigator; a role he fulfilled with integrity, dedication, and true servant leadership until his retirement in 2006. In his retirement, Phil drove a school bus for Clemons and Palmer Bus Service for 13 years and delighted in educating his students on the merits of oldies music on their way to class.
Whether by boat, motorcycle, or his own two feet, Phil enjoyed much of his free time outdoors. Always an aviation enthusiast, Phil would go on to obtain his private pilot's license and could be found in his Grumman Cheetah flying high above Waseca.
Back on the ground, Phil was a dedicated Harley rider and often enjoyed attending Sturgis rallies. An avid hunter and fisherman, Phil was happiest when sharing his passion for the outdoors with his family and friends.
Though he was a man of many interests, Phil was most simply the bedrock of his family. Whether serving his community or his loved ones, Phil put the needs of others first, a legacy that lives on in his wife and sons. We will miss many things about Phil, but most of all, we will miss the twinkle in his eye when he spoke of his love of 43 years and the warmth and pride in his voice when retelling the latest escapades of his grandsons.
Phillip is survived his wife, Joan; his sons, Joshua (Kelly), Christopher, and Kyle (Trisha); grandsons, Everett and Elliott; his mother, Phyllis; brothers, Tom (Mary), Paul (Pam), and Ken (Cindy); his sister, Geralyn Moulds (Tony); and his sister-in-law, Karla.
He was preceded in death by his father, Jerome; his brother, David; and his father and mother-in-law, Joe and Betty Schiele.
A funeral service is scheduled for 1pm on Sunday, May 16th at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Waseca with reception to follow at The Mill in Waseca. Interment will follow at Holy Trinity Cemetery-Litomysl in rural Owatonna. A visitation will be held on Saturday, May 15th from 4pm to 7pm at the State Street Chapel of Dennis Funeral & Cremation Services in Waseca.
Memorials are preferred to Sacred Heart Endowment Fund or Firefighters for Healing.
Sunday, May 16, 2021
Starts at 1:00pm (Central time)
Church of the Sacred Heart