Marion- James Irvin “Jim” Lang, 88, of Marion, went home to be with his Lord and Savior at 8:40 AM, Friday, July 17, 2015 at the Marion VA Medical Center Nursing Facility.
James was born February 27, 1927 in Marion to Irvin Walter and Letha M. (Douglas) Lang. He married Dorotha Arlene Stephens on May 21, 1949 in Kentucky. Together they shared sixty six wonderful years together. Jim was a loving husband, father, uncle and friend.
He served his country bravely during WWII while enlisted in the US Navy. Once honorably discharged in 1946, he returned home and received his Bachelor’s in Education from SIU-Carbondale.
He was a school teacher for many years and he loved it. Although his careers would change throughout his life, he never stopped teaching. He was also skilled in construction. He built many homes in Marion as well as the one he currently lived for the past 40 years. He also worked for the 3M Company selling the latest technology and supplies to all the area schools within a 50 mile radius. He worked the remainder of his working career as the construction foreman at the US Federal Penitentiary in Marion. He also began a Bible Study group for the prisoners.
Jim had a very active career in music. He had a beautiful tenor voice and used it to sing praises to his Lord. He was the music director at Marion First Baptist Church for many years. He sang in a travelling quartet and even made a few recordings. Everyone enjoyed hearing him sing. He was an example of a hardworking man who was not afraid to do what he had to do in order to provide for his family. He has left his family a legacy of self-discipline, trust, faith and love.
Jim is survived by his wife, Dorotha Lang of Marion, his sons, James Stephen Lang, Jeffery Irvin Lang and wife Carol and Eric Von Lang all of Marion, his daughter, Lisa Gayle Coutts and husband Greg of Oak Forest, IL, grandchildren- Matthew Lang, Courtney Ann Thompson and husband John of Oak Lawn, IL and Colin Coutts of Oak Forest and his fiancé Brooke Beckmann. He is also survived by his sister- Phyllis Cacipio of Marion, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and one sister- Virginia Gallion.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at Blue Funeral Home in Marion. Pastor Bob Dickerson will officiate. Military rites will be performed in the funeral home parking lot by the Marion VFW and American Legion Posts with assistance from the United States Navy. Visitation will be from 9:00 AM until time of service, Wednesday, at the funeral home.
Memorial donations are suggested to the Disabled American Veterans and will be accepted at Blue Funeral Home/1704 North Court Street/ Marion, Illinois 62959. For more information or to sign the memorial guest register, please visit www.bluefuneralhome.com