Howard E. Lang, 81, went home to be with the Lord July 28, 2011 after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was born on June 22, 1930, in Rockville Centre, New York and lived in Malverne. He served his country in the US Navy for four years with the Mediterranean Sixth Fleet. He continued his service with thirty-five years in the United States Army Reserve rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and retired in 1989. He was married to Beth Lang for 31 wonderful years. He had six children, eighteen grandchildren, four great grandchildren, a sister, a brother-in-law, and two nieces. Howard is survived by three children and their families: Liz and her husband Jim Kitchens (James, Tracy, David), Michael Lang (Justin, Typhannie, Johnathan), and Patrick and His wife Nancy Lang (Chelsea, Devon). Beth brought three children into the marriage: Christi and her husband Hugo Savino (Chris, Alyssa, Trisha, Sara, Joshua), Lori and her husband Emmett Bradford (Jessica, Katy), and Matt Weaver (Brandon, Matthew, Lauren). He is also survived by his loving sister, Carolyn and his “buddy” Bob Liljequist and their two daughters Karen and Kim. When asked, Howard would answer that his family of thirty-three people was his best and proudest accomplishment.
Howard loved baseball and was an avid New York Yankee’s fan. He also loved tennis was often a champion of his local tennis league. Howard and Beth have developed many lasting friendships over the years especially Bill and Elly Davis. Both Howard and Beth loved to travel. He was an avid reader of mysteries. His passion outside of the family was his service to the Church. His understanding of God and growth as a Christian helped shape him as a person throughout his life. He was a Eucharistic minister who took communion to the sick, served on many church boards, and never hesitated to volunteer his time for the church.
Howard served his parents, his sister, his wife, his family and his country with goodness, love, and honor. He provides an enduring example of steadfastness, courage, and service to his family. Howard’s life continues through this legacy and it is with assurance that his family knows he is with the Lord and is as close to all of us as our next thought.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Hospice of Volusia/Flagler.
A funeral mass will be held at 10 am on Monday, August 1st at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 4000 South Atlantic Ave, New Smyrna Beach, Fl.