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WALNUT – Gerald Laverne Lange, 67, of 106 Harmon Road, Walnut, died Tuesday, July 13, 2010, at his home.

Gerald was born May 26, 1943, in Princeton, the son of Virgil Harmon and Thirza Jane (Christensen) Lange. He was united in marriage to Ellen Kay Fordham on June 26, 1966, at Walnut United Methodist Church. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, as a mechanic.

Gerald farmed the Kegwin homestead for 41 years. He was a member of Walnut United Methodist Church; Walnut American Legion Post 179, as an adjutant; and a member of Happy Hookers Fishing Club.

He is survived by his wife, Ellen Lange of Walnut; four aunts, Pearle Lange of Walnut, Minnie Lange of Princeton, Viola Lange of Princeton, and June Lange of Princeton; two sisters-in-law, Norma Church of Sterling and Karen Boyce of Walnut; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and one great-great-nephew.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Kathleen Eads; and two granddaughters, Amanda and McKenzie Eads.

Funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at Garland Funeral Home, Walnut, with Father Dan Wilder, pastor of St. John Catholic Church, Walnut, officiating.

Burial will be at Walnut Cemetery, with full military honors conducted by Walnut American Legion Post 179. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorials have been established in his memory to Walnut United Methodist Church and Walnut American Legion Post 179.

Visit www.garlandfuneralhome.com to send condolences.

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