Richard "Dick" Lange, Sr. passed away, at the age of 90, on February 9, 2012 in Meza, Arizona. Richard was born on June 3, 1921 to Herman and Antoni Lange in Mayville, Wisconsin. He graduated from Mayville High School in 1939 and went on to pursue a degree in accounting at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He was a star athlete during his time at UW-Whitewater, where he played basketball, track, and football. He was selected All Conference for basketball in 1943 when UW-Whitewater won their first championship in 20 years. Later, in 1975, he was inducted into the UW-Whitewater Hall of Fame. After receiving his college degree in 1943, Dick served in the US Air Force during World War II, where he was trained as a bombardier navigator at the Casper Air Base and later flew missions in Italy. After the war, in 1945, he played professional basketball for the Oshkosh All-Stars. Beginning in 1947, he played for Milwaukee's first professional basketball team, The Shooting Stars. After three years with the Shooting Stars, Dick decided to begin his career in insurance. He traveled east to Pennsylvania to work with Bankers Life. It is there that he met the love of his life, Elsie Ehritz. Dick and Elsie were married in November of 1955, and spent a joyful 57 years together, living "over the rainbow". Dick and Elsie moved to Casper, Wyoming, where he started his own insurance company, later known as Lange's Western Agency. Dick was honored in a Wyoming publication for his many fine years of service to his community and to the insurance industry. He retired in 1992 to enjoy time with his family and travel. Dick and Elsie traveled to Switzerland, England, France, Egypt, and The Cayman Islands. Dick was a member of The Casper Shrine Club, The Elks Club, and a proud member of the Casper Lyon's Club for 60 years. He was also a Life Master in Bridge and he played in many local and regional tournaments.
Dick will be remembered for his sense of humor, his commitment as a veteran, his ambition, his loving nature, the passion he had for life and the pride he took in his family. He is survived by his wife, Elsie Lange and children: Thomas Lange and his wife Lynn, Richard Lange and his wife Peggy, Carol Phiefer, and Jane Mauzy and her husband Mike. He is also survived by six grandchildren:
Nathan, Jocelyn, Garrett, Nichole, Tiffany, and Alisha, and three great grandchildren.
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SERVICES: There will be a memorial service held at a future date.