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Wayne Langen, 84

Wayne Langen, 84, of Kennedy, Minn., passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024, in Fargo, N.D.
Owen Wayne Langen was born Nov. 23, 1939, to Odin and Lillian (Clauson) Langen at Hallock, Minn. He married Geraldine Johnson of Kennedy on Oct. 18, 1957, and together they had five children: David Langen (Charlene), Barry Langen (Kristi), Jana Stockham (Gerald), James Langen (Tamara), and Mike Langen (Natalie).
Wayne was blessed with athleticism and a love for sports. He excelled in baseball and basketball, even attending North Dakota State University on an athletic scholarship for basketball. Later in life, he picked up golf and curling.
He and his brother, Lynden Langen, took over their father’s farming operation when Odin was elected to the U.S. Congress and had to move to Washington, D.C., full time. It was a partnership that spanned 45 years.
Wayne was an active servant in his community. He was elected to the Red River Church Council, served on the Kittson County ASCS Committee (today FSA), and as secretary of the Kennedy Farmer’s Elevator for 21 years. His other public servant activities include (but are by no means limited to): Lions, Kittson Federal Credit Union, Red River Cemetery, Independent baseball and basketball, and of course his incredible contribution to the sugar beet industry.
Wayne landscaped the sugar beet production over the last 50 years with his election to the Kittson County Sugarbeet Growers Association, Red River Valley Sugarbeet Growers Research Committee, and the American Crystal Sugar Company board. Of his 12-year dedication on the American Crystal Sugar Company board, he spent four of those years being chairman.
After the passing of his wife, Geraldine, Wayne began a beautiful 16-year friendship and marriage with Kathryn Rynning of Kennedy. Together, they traveled the United States and Europe, making historical family discoveries together. They were constant companions at their home in Kennedy and complemented each other well.
He leaves behind a plethora of family members including: his wife, Kathryn Rynning; five children: David, Barry (Kristi), Jana (Gerald), James (Tamara), and Mike (Natalie); three step-children: Rob Rynning (Darlene), Cindy Lennon (JJ), and Tim Rynning (Lisa); 20 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; sister Lois (Kenneth) Pagnac; as well as nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; first wife, Geraldine; daughter-in-law, Charlene; and brother, Lynden.
Wayne was a well-respected farmer with a strong work ethic. The value of teamwork was not lost on him, which showed in his sports, marriage, family, business, public services, and other arenas of his life. He had a knack for storytelling and was known for his generosity, honesty, sense of humor and wit. He passed along knowledge to all who would listen. He will be greatly missed.
Funeral services are scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024, at 10 a.m. in the Red River Lutheran Church, rural Kennedy. Visitation will be at the church on Monday, Feb. 12 from 6-8 p.m., with a viewing at 5:30 p.m. and prayer service at 7 p.m. Interment will be in the Red River Church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Kittson Memorial Hospital.
Austin Funeral Chapel, Hallock, was in charge of the arrangements. www. austinfuneralchapel.com.

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