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Wesley Allan Langkraehr

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

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Wesley Allan Langkraehr, 77, lifelong Concordia resident and businessman, died Oct. 20, 2011, at Research Medical Center at Kansas City. Masonic services were held Sunday at Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Concordia. Funeral services were held Monday at Bethel United Church of Christ in Concordia with the Rev. Dr. Alan Gatewood officiating. Burial with military rites was in the church cemetery.

Mr. Langkraehr was born April 14, 1934, near Concordia. He was the son Ervin and Adelia Krause Langkraehr. He graduated from Concordia High School in 1952.

He married Connie Schlue-ter on Sept. 12, 1959. He married Anne Lynch on Sept. 9, 1963.

Following high school graduation, he was employed a short time at the Sweet Springs Shoe Factory and Whiteman Air Force Base at Knob Noster in construction.

He started working for Kansas City Power and Light Company in 1953 and worked there 14 years. He was an agent for American Family Insurance since 1967, retiring in 1999.

He founded Metro East, Inc., a real estate development company, in the 1980s. He was vice president of Community Apartments, Inc., and was an agent for Mapping Solutions, Inc.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a member the Concordia Lions Club, Concordia Civic Club, Masonic Lodge Barbee 217 AF & AM, Concordia American Legion Post 258, Concordia VFW Post 5649, Shriners International, Lafayette County Democratic Club and Bethel church. He was an avid blood donor for the American Red Cross.

Mr. Langkraehr is survived by his wife of the home; a son, Randall Langkraehr of Warrensburg; three daughters, Julia Langkraehr of London, England, Mrs. Norm (Beth) Cotton of Kansas City; and Elizabeth Langkraehr of New York City; a brother, Stanley Langkraehr of Concordia; a sister, Darlene Butler of Higginsville; and two grandsons.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth Langkraehr on Nov. 6, 1991; and a sister, Vivian Mullins on March 24, 2001.

The pallbearers were Mark Langkraehr, Curtis Langkrahr, Jeremy Bohlman, Steve Butler, Grant Butler and Erik Butler.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the church, the Missouri Democratic Party or to the American Eskimo Rescue Fund.

Arrangements were made by Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home, Concordia.