CENTRALIA — Joseph D. “Red” Langenfeld, Sr., of Centralia, passed away Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at his home.
He was born January 23, 1929, in Centralia, son of Herbert A. and Mary C. (Sproul) Langenfeld. He married Rebecca A. Hankins in 1950 and she survives in Centralia and they later divorced. He later married Maryann Sanders and she survives in Centralia and they also later divorced.
Joe is survived by one son Dean Langenfeld and wife Benita; three daughters, Debbie Dorries and husband Doug, Jane Gruenenfelder and husband Mike and Pamela Campbell and husband Jeff; seven grandchildren, Heather Strader and husband Derek of Carlyle, Nichole Dorries-Sarensen and husband Joe of Centralia, Kyle Langenfeld of Bethalto, IL., Nathan Marcum and significant other Kerry Whitaker of St. Charles, MO., Erika Marcum and significant other Matt Reynolds, Alyssa Campbell and significant other Jacob Boyce and granddaughter Alexis Campbell, all of Centralia; great-grandchildren Grayson and Callie Strader of Carlyle, and Aiden and Adalyn Reynolds of Centralia. He is also survived by a nephew Joey McCarty and wife Nita of San Antonio, Texas.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson Kory Langenfeld; a sister, Betty McCarty; brother-in-law Joseph McCarty; and a special Aunt Louise Baldridge.
He graduated from Centralia Township High School where he was the only pitcher on A.L. Trout’s only baseball team at CTHS in 1947, he then went to Arkansas State on a football scholarship. After one year he transferred to Illinois to play baseball, but before playing a game he signed with the Chicago Cubs and was a member of the Cubs organization for five years. Mr. Langenfeld was also a veteran of the Army Reserves for several years until he was released to return home because of the upcoming birth of his second child. He didn’t stay away from sports as he became an official and called basketball games for 31 years, football for 28 years and baseball for 20 years. He attended Centralia Orphan Basketball games for over 60 years and it was unusual to not see him at the games.
Mr. Langenfeld became a successful business man in insurance and real estate and after retirement he missed working so decided to finish his career at St. Mary’s Hospital.
Mr. Langenfeld was a member of the CHS Board of Education for several years, was a sports enthusiast and was inducted in the Centralia Sports Hall of Fame in 2008. He loved to hunt, fish and play golf. You would see him often on the golf course not only in Centralia but a variety of places in and out of state.
Mr. Langenfeld loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and loved spending time with them.
Per his wishes Mr. Langenfeld was cremated and Private Family Services and Entombment will be held at a later date.
Memorials can be made to the Centralia Elks BPOE Lodge # 493 or the CHS Booster Club and will be received at the funeral home.
Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Centralia are honored to be of service to the Langenfeld family.
Condolences may be made to the family online at sutherlandfuneralhome.com.