Bruce Lang, 1951-2018
Memorial services for Bruce W. Lang of Albert Lea will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Bonnerup Funeral Service in Albert Lea. The Rev. Mark Rosenau will officiate. Friends may greet the family one hour prior to the service at the funeral home and from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the St John’s Lutheran Community chapel. Interment will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Albert Lea.
Bruce passed away Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018, at St John’s Lutheran Community. He was 66.
Bruce was born the third of seven children to Richard and Betty (Betow) Lang on Nov. 18, 1951. He attended both Glenville and Albert Lea Area Schools and graduated in 1969.
Bruce loved to hunt both deer and waterfowl. He enjoyed spear fishing and working on cars. He liked playing cards and being with friends. He was very easy-going and had a wonderful sense of humor.
Bruce worked at Wilson & Co. until his accident in 1971. Due to his injuries he was admitted to St. John’s Lutheran Community, where he remained with his second family on second north. He continued to bring joy to others and kept his friends laughing. Bruce was able to participate with Gillette Specialty Centers, working with a speech therapist to develop several different communication devices to assist people unable to communicate in the traditional way. He was published in one of their magazines, and was able to communicate, which was amazing! He was loved and will be missed by both of his families.
He married Ellen Bray in 1970, and together they had a son in 1971. They later divorced.
Bruce is survived by his son, Bruce Lang Jr., of Hammond, Indiana; sisters Sandy (Richard) Lestrud of Albert Lea, Terry Lang of Owatonna and Barbara Bothum of St. Cloud; and brothers Walter (Kim) Lang of Farmington and Ronald Lang of Northwood. Other survivors include nieces Kathy Talamantes, Brenda Wyant, Amanda Carlson, Brandy Hughes, Bethany Bothum and Jessica (Russ) Kleinschmidt; nephews Richard Lang, Simon Lang and Robert Bothum; along with many great- and great-great-nieces and nephews.
Bruce was preceded in death by his parents Richard and Betty Lang; niece, Tamera Praska; great-niece, Chrysta Moffit; nephew, Michael Anderson; and brother, David Lang, in December 2017.