Carl F.”Pappy” Lange, 93, a fixture in the Cambridge community, died Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at Hillcrest Home, rural Geneseo. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Monday, November 23rd, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Services. Rev. Lucille Kness will officiate. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hillcrest Home Memorial Fund.
Carl was born May 11, 1916 in Peru, Illinois, the son of Carl P. and Lillian (Hoscheit) Lange. He was educated in East Moline area schools and graduated from East Moline High School in 1933. His marriage to Mildred Deubert took place on March 11, 1939 in Tipton Iowa. She died on April 15, 1978. Carl served his apprenticeship for tool and die making at American Machine & Metals in East Moline. He worked at the Rock Island Arsenal as a tool and die maker and then worked on classified programs for the federal government in Chicago.
Following his employment with the government, Carl farmed for seven years in the Hillsdale and Cambridge areas before founding his own shop, the Orion Tool, Die, and Machine Company in 1952. He served as owner/president until retiring in 1986 when he sold the business to his son, William. Carl was a member of the Cambridge Lutheran Church and a charter member of Valley View County Club, Cambridge. His hobbies included golf, bowling, and square dancing. He was an avid Iowa Hawkeye and St. Louis Cardinals fan.
Those surviving are four sons and daughters-in-law, Ron and Jude Lange, San Francisco, CA, Bill Lange, Alpha, John and Susan Lange, Rockford, IL, and Jim and Teresa Lange, Golden, CO. Other survivors include 11 grandchildren; Chip Lange, Susan Burrows, Cory and Andy Lange, Kimberly Trueblood, Scott, Sam, Molly, Janey, and Max Lange, and Randy Fransene, and eight great grandchildren; Jackson Lange, Oliver and Levi Burrows, Jake Fransene, Megan, Jeffrey, Tyler, and Brady Lange. His parents, his wife, a daughter-in-law, Sandra Lange, two brothers, and four sisters preceded him in death.