|Edwin Langlie, 94|
|Written by TRF Times|
Thief River Falls - Edwin Langlie, 94, of Thief River Falls, died at his home on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012 under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2012, 11 a.m., at the United Methodist Church in Thief River Falls.
Interment will be held at Minnesota Veterans Cemetery, Camp Ripley, on Monday, March 12, 2012 at 2 p.m..
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, March 9, with a 7 p.m. prayer service at Johnson Funeral Service, Thief River Falls. Visitation will also be held for one hour prior to Ed's funeral service at the United Methodist Church.
Edwin Olav Langlie was born Jan. 29, 1918, in Plummer. He was the fifth of six children born to Bergit Hemmestveit Langlie and Olaf Lauglid Langlie. He graduated from Pershing HS in Plummer in 1937. He first worked at odd jobs doing farming or mechanical work. He then worked for the Civilian Conservation Corp and National Youth Association in Minnesota. Ed and some friends traveled to work in Washington where they had heard there was a need for apple pickers. Ed served in the 42nd engineers of the US Army from 1941-1945. He repaired heavy machinery and built airstrips from Juneau, Alaska, to Attu (in the Aleutian islands), and finished in Okinawa.
Ed attended the University of Minnesota, then returned to northern Minnesota to work as an electrician. He and Ardith Knight married April 22, 1951, at the United Methodist Church in Thief River Falls, where they remained members until their deaths. Together they started Langlie Lectric, an electrical contracting business. Many of the buildings in TRF and surrounding area, including the Methodist Church, have electrical systems installed by Langlie Lectric. He enjoyed farming his hobby farm in Plummer. He retired in 1988, but continued to service calls from his loyal customers. He was never one to sit idle.
Ed and Ardith raised four girls and celebrated sixty years of wedded bliss. They enjoyed traveling the world together, making trips to Africa, South America, Norway, Hawaii and across much of the United Stats and Canada. The annual family fishing trip to Nestor Falls, Ontario, to his brother’s Arrowhead resort created many treasured memories. Later, Ed and Ardith traveled to visit their children in Victoria, BC, Canada; Reno, Nev.; and Wuerzburg, Germany.
Ed was active in his community as a lifelong member of the American Legion, VFW, DAV, and was the treasurer of Kiwanis for many years. He also was a member of the Minnesota Electrical Association, serving as state president.
Ed is survived by his four daughters and nine grandchildren, Mary and Tom Seaworth, Detroit Lakes, Erin and Mat McBriar, Dallas, Texas, Katie, New York, N.Y., Kelly, Scottsdale, Ariz., and Michael, Huntington Beach, Calif., Laurie and Eric Griffiths and son Timur, Victoria, B.C., Canada, Shelly Langlie and Jeff Wendt, and daughters, Mia and Sara, Arden Hills. Patty and Brian Hess and son Chritian (CJ) and daughter, Kaija, Reno, Nev.
Ed was preceded in death by his loving wife, Ardith, and his family consisting of Bergit and Olaf Langlie, Thelma Bjorkman (husband Lawrence), Anne Bergliot, Helmer Thorvald(wife Verna and son Tom), Gordon (wife Lola), and Alfred.
Suggested memorials: the United Methodist Church, the Thief River Falls Education Foundation, Hospice of the Red River Valley, or the Kiwanis scholarship fund.
Family condolences may be sent to www.johnsonfuneralservice.com. A00003B2012MR07