Wesley A. Langkraehr, 77, of Concordia, Missouri, passed away Thursday, October 20, 2011, at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri due to complications from a stroke.
Masonic services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, October 23, 2011, at Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Concordia with visitation following from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, October 24, at Bethel United Church of Christ in Concordia. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery in Concordia. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Bethel United Church of Christ, Missouri Democratic Party or American Eskimo Rescue Fund in Wesley’s name. Friends may sign the online register book at www.campbell-lewis.com
Born on April 14, 1934, in rural Concordia, he was the son of the late Ervin Langkraehr and Adelia Krause Langkraehr. Wesley was raised and educated in the Concordia, Missouri area. In 1963 he married Anne Lynch who survives of the home. After short stints at the Sweet Springs Shoe Factory and working construction at Whiteman Air Force Base, he left Concordia in 1953 to work at the Kansas City Power and Light Company (KCP&L). In 1954, he joined the Army. Upon completion of his tour of duty as a soldier, he returned to KCP&L, where he worked for a total of 14 years. While working at KCP&L, Wesley started working part-time in the insurance business. He left KCP&L in 1967 and worked full-time in the insurance business with American Family until his retirement in 1999. In the early 1980’s Wesley founded Metro East, Inc., a real estate development company where he served as president until his death. In addition, he served as president & founder of Metro East Realty, Inc. and Vice President of Community Apartments, Inc. Most recently Wesley continued his passion for sales, serving as an agent for Mapping Solutions, Inc. An active member of the community, Wesley was a full-time booster for the town of Concordia and rarely missed a meeting for the Lions Club or City Council. In addition, Wesley was a member of the Men’s Civic Club, Masonic Lodge Barbee #217 AF & AM, American Legion Post #258, VFW, Shriners International, Lafayette County Democratic Club and was an avid blood donor for the American Red Cross. Wesley was also an active member of Bethel United Church of Christ in Concordia.
In addition to his wife, Anne, Wesley is survived by son, Randall Langkraehr (son of Connie Brackman) Warrensburg; daughters Julia Langkraehr, London, England; Beth Cotton, Kansas City; Elizabeth Langkraehr, New York City; brother, Stanley Langkraehr of Concordia; sister, Darlene Butler, Higginsville; son-in-law, Norm Cotton, Kansas City; and grandsons Jessup (age 4) and Shiloh (age 1) Cotton.
In addition to his parents, Wesley was preceded in death by his sister, Vivian Mullins; and brother, Kenneth Langkraehr.
Born: April 14, 1934
Place of Birth: rural Concordia, Missouri
Death: October 20, 2011
Place of Death: Research Medical Center, Kansas City, MO
Occupation: Real estate developer
Organizations: Lions Club/City Council/Men's Civic Club/Barbee Masonic Lodge No. 217 A.F. & A.M./American Legion Post #258/VFW/Shriners International/Lafayette Co. Democratic Club/an avid blood donor
Anne Lynch Langkraehr, Spouse
Randall Langkraehr, Son
Julia Langkraehr, Daughter
Beth Cotton, Daughter
Elizabeth Langkraehr, Daughter
Darlene Butler, Sister
Stanley Langkraehr, Brother
Norm Cotton, Son-in-law
Jessup and Shiloh, Grandsons
Preceded in Death By
Irvin Langkraehr, Father
Adelia Krause Langkraehr, Mother
Vivian Mullins, Sister
Kenneth Langkraehr, Brother
Memorial donations may be made to:
Bethel United Church of Christ, Mo. Democratic Party or American Eskimo Rescue Fund in Wesley's name