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“Walt was so wonderful and I loved his warm smile! We had so much fun at the VA over the years, especially at the VA Golden Age Games! Walt and...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Jill Henderson - Ft. Wayne, IN

“Barbara,I have been wanting to call you all week. Now I know why. Your dad was wonderful and always made me feel special. I will miss his smiling...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Justine Whitelow - Fort Wayne, IN

“It was my privilege to know Mr. Langley for a short time, but in that time I came to know the spark of life in him that he shared with everyone he...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Sue Ulrey - acquaintance

“Barbara & Family, Sorry to hear of this loss to your family. Walter was a wonderful person who always had a smile on his face, He and your...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Patti Campbell - Fort Wayne, IN

“Walter John Langley February 10, 1920- August 28, 2017 These hands have done so much they carried water from the well to the house; they milked cows...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Patricia Lautzenheiser

“Butch & family, So sorry to hear of the loss of your father.Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you during this time and in the days ahead...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Randy&Kim Lawrence - Fort Wayne, IN

“Butch and Famiy. Praying for you and you are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
7 of 7 | Posted by: Vivian Farmer - Fort Wayne, IN


Walter J. Langley Sr., went to his heavenly home on August 28, 2017. Walter began his journey in Fort Wayne, Indiana, being born at home on Wheelock Rd., February 10, 1920. He was the second of three children born to Bill and Lillie Langley.
His Parents had Walter baptized and confirmed at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, and there he was a member for over 90 years. Walter was a member of the Carpenters Union Local 232, and life-time member of the American Legion Post #82, having served in the US Army Air Force during WWII, as an Armament Mechanic, in the European Theater.
He attended a one room school house and it was his job to fire up the stove so that everyone could heat their soup on it. He remembers the 'good ole days' when they made hay with a team of horses, raised Chester White hogs, butchered meat themselves, loaded the wagon and went to Barr Street Market to pedal the produce from the truck garden. He also recalls that his dad would take the team of horses, get a load of gravel, and put it on the Wheelock Rd. One of his fondest memories is of his dad, Bill, taking him and his brother, Tom, in the wagon pulled by the horse, and going from Wheelock Road to Huntertown to see a circus.
He is survived by his children, Barbara Fischer, Fort Wayne, Walter "Butch" (Cathea) Langley Jr., Fort Wayne, and Patricia (Alan) Lautzenheiser, Decatur; grandchildren, Tamara (David) Joefreda, Leo, Thomas E. Fischer Jr., Fort Wayne, Lauretta "Laurie" (Jeffrey) Geisleman, Fort Wayne, Michael (Adrienne) Langley, Fort Wayne, Jenny Stinnett, Fort Wayne; step-grandsons, Brian (Emily) and Jason Lautzenheiser of Decatur, and Adam (Mallory) Webster, Fort Wayne; his niece, Beverly (Langley) Kline, New Haven; and great grandchildren, Mackenzie Joefreda, of Leo, Nathan Perez, and Alyssa and Mason Henry, Fort Wayne; step great- grandchildren, Maddux Wright and Tanner Geisleman, Fort Wayne.
Walt was preceded in death by his wife of 72 years, Dorothy (Bartle) Langley; parents, Bill and Lillie (Nietert) Langley; his brother, Thomas J. Langley; and infant brother; grandson, Shane A. Langley; niece, Judith (Langley) Wells; and his son-in-law Thomas Fischer Sr.
Walt worked as a Substitute Rural Mail Carrier for all St. Joe Townships, (Which was 64 miles long at that time), and in the factories of Magnavox and General Electric, before becoming a finish carpenter for 25 years in Local 232, and then, a carpenter in General Maintenance at Fort Wayne Community Schools for 18 ½ years, retiring February 28, in 1983.
Walt's life was an example of a life well led. He was a wonderful man and a joy to be around. We all have many fond memories of Walt.
Throughout his lifetime, he enjoyed square dancing, playing musical instruments, gardening, and traveling. Sixty years ago, the Langley's would clear the room of furniture, put extra supports under the house's support beams, invite the neighbors, and "form a square' in the kitchen. The Langley Farm was located on the Wheelock Road, where the Dells of Waterford Addiction now exists.
Walt was a self-taught, and accomplished musician on the piano, accordion, guitar, harmonica, and banjo, with a love for music. Many years ago, Walter and Dorothy rode motorcycles and traveled around the country.
Walter and Dorothy, both having a passion for square dancing, belonged to the Promenaders Western Square Dance Club for 30 years, traveling all across the United States, and dancing under the tutelage of Carl Geels.
Walter and Dorothy attended 8 Elder Hostels; did a lot of traveling, taking many pictures along the way; entertained at the V.A. Hospital, and Nursing Homes in Fort Wayne, Huntington, Warsaw, South Whitley, and Angola; were proud and accomplished gardeners, with Walt being known as "The Tomato Man"; raised and sold miniature toy fox terrier dogs for many years; volunteered at the V.A. for over 40 years. They enjoyed watching IU Basketball.
Walt did carpentry on the Lutheran Nurses' Home; Orchard Ridge Country Club, Waterfield Mortgage; Quimby Village; Mrs. Quimby's residence on Old Mill Rd.; Springer Jewelry Store, Berry St.; worked on Mrs. Foellinger's residence on Old Mill Rd for 17 months; worked for Kinders (Construction); worked 14 years for Lewis Elliott, Remodeling; and 18 ½ years as a carpenter for FWCS.
Viewing will be Thursday, August 31, 2017 from 2-4 pm & 6-8 pm at D.O. McComb & Sons, Maplewood, 4017 Maplecrest Road. Funeral service will be Friday, September 1, 2017 at 2:00 pm with an hour of calling prior to the service at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 7710 E. State Blvd. Fort Wayne with Reverend Steven Ahlersmeyer officiating. Burial will take place at St. Peter's Lutheran Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter's Lutheran Church or Visiting Nurse and Hospice. To make online condolences please visit <https://www.mccombandsons.com/>