CAMBRIDGE -- Ervin Nelson Lang died Saturday (March 2, 2002) at the Cambridge Manor. He was born June 14, 1913, near Holstein, to Niels and Sine (Holtze) Lang. When he was two years old the family returned to the farm, southeast of Wilsonville. His parents were born in Denmark and the family grew up speaking Danish and English. He graduated from the eighth grade at the Good Hope Country School where all the children, two boys and six girls, attended school and Sunday school.
He worked on the family farm until he entered the United States Army Oct. 6, 1942, serving in World War II. He had never been away from home. He was a medium tank crewman in General Patton's 4th Armored Division. He was in the campaigns in Northern France, Rhineland, and Ardennes. He was Honorably Discharged Nov. 6, 1945. He was decorated with the ETO Ribbon with three bronze stars, the Purple Heart, the Presidential Unit Citation, the Good Conduct Medal, the American Theater Ribbon, the World War II Victory Ribbon and one Overseas Service Bar.
When he was home on furlough, a farm came up for sale three miles from the home place and he bought it. On March 30, 1946, at Smith Center, Kan., he married Arloa Wenner of Kennesaw. They lived on the farm southeast of Wilsonville until she passed away Dec. 2, 1989.
Early in their marriage, a tornado came through their farm and blew away the barn and the chicken house. They built a new barn and named the place Wind Ridge Farm. They enjoyed visiting with friends and relatives. Ervin hesitated a long time on getting a telephone, but when he finally got one, did he ever use it. Ervin and Arloa enjoyed playing pool and after Ervin retired, had a pool outing every week to McCook with a couple of friends.
After Arloa passed away, Ervin continued to live on the farm until Sept. 1996 when he entered the Cambridge Manor. He was a 50 year member of the Wilsonville United Methodist Church, serving various offices in the church. He was also a 50 year member of the American Legion and Beaver Valley Veterans of Foreign Wars at Lebanon.
He was preceded in death by his parents; older brother LaVerne at infancy; younger brothers, Darl, at 6 years old, and Edmond in Dec. 1992; and three sisters, Anna Skiles in June 1971, Hannah Washburn in April 1992, and Delta Bennett in April 1994.
Survivors include three sisters, Lillian Lemaster of Wilsonville, Ellen Miller of Omaha, and Lula Collings of Kimball; sister-in-law, Lelia Lang of Wilsonville; brother-in-law Ken Bennett of Washington State; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Services will be Tuesday (March 5, 2002), 2 p.m., at the United Methodist Church in Wilsonville with Rev. R.L. Malchow officiating. Interment will be at the Wilsonville Cemetery with military committal by the combined posts of the American Legion and VFW.
Pallbearers are great nephews, Jeremy Lang, Nic Lang, Eugene Volker, and Bill Volker; cousin, Kenny Holtze; and neighbor, Jim Crosley. Music will be provided by Marilyn (Ruf) Moore, a piano student of Arloa.
Memorials may be given in his name to the Wilsonville United Methodist Church.
Lockenour-Jones Mortuary of Cambridge is in charge of arrangements.