Donald F. Lange Jr., 76, of Archbold, Ohio, passed away Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020.

He was born Sept. 2, 1944, in Napoleon, Ohio, to the late Donald F. and Maria (Koster) Lange. On April 19, 1974, he married Betty (Rohrs) Lange at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Ridgeville Corners, Ohio.

Don worked at GM Powertrain, Defiance, for 44 years and retired on Aug. 1, 2002. He previously worked for Henry Damman, Neuhauser Hatchery, Miller Bros. Construction, and the Ohio SEW Shop.

Don served in the U.S. Army from 1966-69. He was an active member of St. Peter Lutheran Church, member of Ridgeville American Legion Post #454, former little league coach in Ridgeville Corners, coordinated meals for Ridgeville Lunch Bunch and former 25-year member of Archbold Lions Club.

Don loved candy bars, cookies, country music and polka music! He was a member of Buckeye Polka Band for 10 years, Don and Betty’s Polka Band for three years and a member of Ohio Polka boosters. He and Betty taught polka dancing at Northwest State Community College for six years. He also loved spending time with his grandkids and driving them to and from all their activities.

Don is survived by his wife, Betty; children, Lisa (Steve) Wurster of Defiance, Ted (Mollie) Lange, Sarah (Pete) Meyers, and Emily (Jared) Stamm, all of Ridgeville Corners; grandchildren, Jayde, Jordan, Chelsea, Scott, Alyssa, Alli, Dennis, Logan, Bryce, Graceyn, Garrett, Grady and Griffin; 10 great-grandchildren; and siblings, Cynthia (Kenneth) Drewes, Sandy (Dan) Rathge and Jon (Kim) Lange.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 11 a.m. at St. Peter Lutheran Church. Interment will follow at St. Peter Lutheran Church, where military honors will be accorded by Ridgeville American Legion. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 3-7 p.m. at Rodenberger-Gray Funeral Home, Napoleon, and Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. at the church.

Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Peter Lutheran Church, Ridgeville Corners.

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