John Langanki, Dawson

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John Albert Langanki, 63, formerly of Long Lake and recently of Dawson, passed away Feb. 26, 2013, at the VA Hospital in Gainesville, Fla., due to complications of congestive heart failure caused by exposure to agent orange while serving in the UMSC in Vietnam. He was preceded in death by daughter, Cheri, parents, George and Vivian (Dearing) Langanki, two sisters, Marianne Spicer, Linda Samela; brother, Les Langanki; and brothers-in-law, Bob Spicer and Louie Wakeman. He was survived by loving wife, Sue; son, Jeremy (Brenda); daughter, Laura Manthie; sister-in-law, Karen Langanki; Jay Juusola (Karn), Joe Kaley (Erin); grandchildren, Jessica Woods (Michael), Heather Pribyl (Greg), Nicole Clapp (Dave), D.J. Manthie (Tanya), Blake Romsos, Nolan, Leo, Bailey and Graham Juusola; great-grandchildren, Abigail, Anna, Max Woods, Roy Pribyl, Ben, Maddie, Jackson Clapp, Gavin, Brogan, and Sawyer Manthie; brothers, Dale Langanki (Judy), Jim Langanki (Doti); sisters, Cathy (Dan) Mahoney, Rosie Wakeman, and Julie Frieler; many nieces, nephews and dear friends. John grew up in the Annandale area and attended Annandale schools. He joined the USMC at the age of 18, served in Vietnam 1968 to 1969. After returning from Vietnam, John married the love of his life, Sue Juetten, on June 13, 1970, and they resided in Hawthorne, Nev. until his honorable discharge from the USMC. They returned to Annandale, where he worked at Lyman Lumber and Friendship Ventures. They moved to Detroit Lakes and owned/operated Strawberry Lakes store. They moved to Long Lake, taking a job with Sue as caretakers/managers of Camp Teko on Lake Minnetonka for 24 years until retirement in April 2012. John also worked part-time for Orono Schools and Beniek Property Services. Throughout his life he enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, hunting, gardening, reading, raising his farm animals, traveling, exploring and having many adventures with his wife, Sue, always by his side. John will be remembered as the best, most caring husband and father, grandfather, brother and friend there could ever be. John and Sue were foster parents to many children, providing love and guidance to those who needed a place to belong and feel loved. John had a way of sharing stories that would always bring a smile to your face. He loved life and lived it to the fullest. Celebration of Life/Memorial service Saturday, March 16, from 2-5 p.m. Service at 3 p.m. at the chapel at Park View Care Center, 200 Park Lane, Buffalo, MN 55313. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

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