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Robert James Langren

Robert James Langren, age 64 of Winsted, died Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at his residence.

He was born July 31, 1941 in Minneapolis, one of six children born to Pearl and Martin Langren.

Bob, or “Whitey,” as his friends called him, was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers Melvin and Richard; his sister, Alice McNamee; and his beloved mother-in-law Mildred Marsh.

He is survived by his wife, Karen Ann; son James; daughters Roxanne (Jim Markey), Dana, and Jennifer (Joe Hatrick); sisters Nancy (Ivars Klans), and Judy; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many relatives and friends.

After completing his education, Bob joined the army as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division stationed at Fort Campbell, Ken. Before leaving Minnesota, he met his bride-to-be, Karen Marsh, at the Minnesota State Fair. They married Nov. 12, 1960 in Illinois; then traveled to their new home in Tennessee.

Eventually, Bob joined the infantry; ultimately returning to Minnesota to be become an automobile technician. By the time he opened his own station in Brooklyn Center, he and Karen had their four children: James, Roxanne, Dana and Jennifer.

Bob loved to spend weekends camping and fishing with his family. Every Friday night, they would all pile into the camper and head for the nearest campground.

Karen and Bob moved to Howard Lake in 1981; then later to Winsted.

Bob was a hard worker, known for his good heart and gentle demeanor. As he grew older and retired, fishing with grandchildren became his favorite sport.

Laughter was the name-of-the-game for Bob, especially laughing at himself. Karen would often tease him about the long underwear he wore from September until June, and how often she heard him say there were 101 uses for silicone, or Super Glue, or duct tape.

Bob was a “friend’s friend.” He found quality in every soul he met, no matter what they did or how ornery they became. He would talk your ear off over a beer, and give you the shirt from his back if you needed it.

Bob lost his mother-in-law, Mildred, just two months ago. He always thought of her as his own mom, and he helped to care for her through the years. She loved him dearly, and always told Karen that when she married Bob, she got the very best. Now, Mildred and Bob are together again, safe in the arms of Jesus.

Funeral services were Wednesday, May 31 at 9:30 a.m. at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winsted with the Rev. Donald Urbach officiating. Interment followed at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Marsha Christenson was the organist for the funeral service. Soloist Shae Mulligan sang “Amazing Grace” and “The Lord’s Prayer.” Congregational hymns were “How Great Thou Art” and “My Hope is Built on Nothing Less.”

Visitation took place Tuesday, May 30 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, with a prayer Service at 7 p.m; and continued for one hour prior to he service at the church Wednesday.

Honorary casket bearers were Stan Weibel Jr., Mark Kane, and John Brekke.

Casket bearers were Robby Marsh, Patrick Marsh, Douglas Marsh, John Eastman Jr., Chris Marsh, and Patrick W. Marsh.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted served the family.

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