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Richard Langel

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Richard Langel, 63, of West Bend, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.

Mass of the Christian Burial was Monday, Jan. 10, at the Divine Mercy Catholic Parish-SS. Peter and Paul in West Bend. Burial was at the West Bend Cemetery.

Rick’s life began when he met the love of his life (she had a bad habit of stealing his car out from under him), Ann. They became a family on Feb. 26, 1983. Four sons joined them: Scott, Will, Alex and Seth. Each one expanded Rick’s heart, he loved them more than life itself. They in turn, gave him his greatest role in life ... making him a grandpa, 11 times over ... and his heart grew some more.

Rick made friends everywhere he went and from all walks of life, often leaving family wondering how and where did he ever meet them. He loved jokes and laughter. Rick quietly led by example loving God and his Catholic faith above all things. They weren’t just a family, they were a unit — you married one, you married all. Rick asked God for a life full of love, happiness and wealth; He sent him his family.

He was a lifelong member of the Cenex University and the Heinrichs family.

Richard L. Langel was born on July 20, 1958, in Carroll, Iowa, a son of LaVern and Louetta (Hoffman) Langel. He grew up on a farm near Templeton, Iowa. He was a hog producer for most of his life. He owned and operated Rick’s Bar and Grill (his dream not Ann’s). Rick also trucked and worked for Clear Creek Farms.

Rick is survived by his wife: Ann; sons: Scott of Mooreland, Will (Brittany), Alex (Jackie) and Seth (Katie), all of West Bend; grandchildren Mitch, Hunter, Wesley, Kade, Penny, Elliette, Ashlyn, Quynn, Oaklyn and Madilyn; father: LaVern Langel of Templeton; siblings: Jim Langel of Newell, Joni of Urbandale and David (Allison) of Coon Rapids; favorite outlaws Paul (Kathy) Heinrichs, Tom (Pat) and Tim (Denise) Heinrichs, all of Carroll; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Ava Irene Stevens; his mother: Louetta Langel; and his in-laws Al and Irene Heinrichs.

Lentz Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family. Condolences may be left at

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