In memory of

Jean Lange

July 7, 1920 - August 3, 2020
From: Sac City, IA
Jean Lange Jean Lange

Jean Lange

Born: July 7, 1920
Died: August 3, 2020
Age: 100
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   Jean W. Lange was born in Sac City on July 7, 1920, to Hugo F. and Alvina (Precht) Lange.  Except for the war years, Jean lived in Sac City his entire life.  Until 1972 he, his father and brother, Elmer, operated the Sac City Creamery Company known as Lange’s Dairy.  Shortly after that Jean bought two banks in Iowa, Union State Bank in Winterset, and Citizens Bank in Sac City.  Jean married Jeanne Van Kirk Pigeon from Des Moines in 1942 in Fresno, California, and they were married for 52 years.

   Jean graduated from Sac City High School in 1938, and went to Iowa State College where he played basketball for one year and football for four.  At the time of his death he was the oldest living letterman in any sport from Iowa State, something of which he was quite proud.  In 2017, Iowa State University honored him at the Big XII football game with Texas Tech as a distinguished letterman of ISU. Until the day he died, he was a loyal and true fan devoted to the Iowa State Cyclones.

   In 1942, Jean graduated from Iowa State and promptly went into the United States Army.  He liked to say that he was inducted on a day in May 1942, graduated the next week, and the next week he was on a train to Fort Bragg, North Carolina.  During the war he was in the Artillery serving as a trainer at various places in the US, was in the Philippines after it was liberated, and was part of the Occupation Forces in Japan.  He was actually in Japan about 10 days before MacArthur signed the Surrender documents in Tokyo Bay.  Jean always said Harry Truman was his favorite President as he had received orders to be part of the first wave for the invasion of Japan.

   After World War II Jean and Jeanne returned to Sac City the only place in which Jean ever wanted to live.  He raised his family, worked in the creamery, helped manage family farms, and became active in Sac City affairs.  He worked in both Sac City and Winterset well into his nineties.  Retirement never seemed to be an option.

   Jean spent his last years with Sylvia Waterman.  They traveled extensively and were always together.

   Jean died peacefully in his sleep at Park View Rehabilitation Center in Sac City on August 3, 2020.  Jean always had a positive attitude about everything.  He could be in the middle of a tornado and he would tell the person next to him his famous lifetime saying “It isn’t so bad!!”.  That attitude had a lot to do with his longevity.  He always said he wanted to be 100 years old and he made it.  Jean is survived by his three sons, Gene of Alexandria, Virginia, Tom of Sac City, and John of Linn Creek, Missouri.  He leaves behind 8 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by both parents, his two sisters, LaVera and Marion, and his brother Elmer.

Private Family Services

Public Visitation
5:00 - 7:00 p.m., Sunday
August 9, 2020
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Sac City, Iowa
Public Visitation
5:00 - 7:00 p.m., Sunday
August 9, 2020
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Sac City, Iowa
Oakland Cemetery
Sac City, Iowa


Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 12:05 PM
“We feel blessed to have known you and think of all the good memories of you and Mom as Camilla's first "grandparents". RIP”
- Ragnhild Dagen
Monday, August 24, 2020 at 10:53 AM
“I was so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. I have many memories of your folks, along with my parents, the Suhumskies, Stipps, and Irwins - mostly at cocktail parties at our house before they went on to the country club. Jean had such a ready smile. How wonderful that he made it to 100, as he wanted to do!”
- Joan Parr
Sunday, August 9, 2020 at 4:27 PM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Jean Lange. Although we did not know Jean personally his obituary tell us he was a wonderful person who loved family, friends and his community. Plus ISU - go STATE! With love and sympathy from Fred & Margaret McKim Ryans grandparents).”
- Margaret McKim
Friday, August 7, 2020 at 11:54 AM
“Jeane was a very special man and we enjoyed greeting him in church Sunday mornings as long as he was able to attend. It was clear that the church meant a great deal to him. His smile is what we will always remember. We were thankful for Sylvia's commitment to him and feel sure she kept him involved in life for as long as possible. Our sincere sympathy in your loss.
- Jeannette and Chuck
Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 1:23 PM
“I will miss my jean with the smile and the shiny gold tooth. I guess I'll have to buy my own candy now! Humility,kindness, gentle soul,I will miss you in this life. ”
- Carol lohe
Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 1:23 PM
“Our sincere condolences. May God's love give you comfort and peace. ”
- Liz and Tom Berry
Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 1:23 PM
“My condolences to Gene, Tom, John, and your families for the loss of your father. I always had the utmost respect for Jean. He was a great boss, mentor and dear friend to me for 52 years. ”
- Sherry Tolley
Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 1:23 PM
“No matter how old we are, its never easy to lose a parent. Our thoughts and prayers are with you All as you grieve. Sending our condolences to our classmate, John, along with all of your Family. Class of 1976.”
- Donna (Pickel) Shaw
Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 1:23 PM
“Gene,my thoughts are with you ... your dad raised a magnificent son”
- stephen altman
Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 1:23 PM
“Jean always had a smile that was contagious and could could bring life to a conversation. He will be missed by so many. He brought strength and encouragement to me when I needed it. Thank you for sharing your faith with others for so many years Jean. Keep that smile shining down on all those you loved. ”
- Jessica Fink
Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 11:43 AM
“My condolences for the loss of Jean. Prayers of comfort to all the family. As a child I always found so cool that you were the family of Jeans. ”
- Marcia Zolnosky Luke
Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at 1:46 PM
“My deepest sympathy and empathy to Jean's family and friends. I praise God for Jean's life and legacy. Every time I visited Jean, I would ask him how he was doing today. He would be a twinkle in his eye and have a huge smile on his face and say I am just fine. One Tuesday morning I asked Jean what fine meant to him. He said, "I am Blessed."
So really, how are you? Those who love God and know His Word may not always feel like it, but they can always truthfully say, Im blessed.”
- Pastor Missy Brown
Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at 1:46 PM
“So sorry for your loss Sylvia. ”
- Susan Schnirring
Monday, August 3, 2020 at 4:34 PM
“Jean, you will be missed across an ocean. ”
- Olav Knudsen
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