Lugene “Gene” Ordell Lange

On Nov. 8, 2021, Lugene “Gene” Ordell Lange passed away. He was 94 years old.Gene was born on Aug. 4, 1927 in Clarkfield, Minn., to Otto and Lillie (Anderson) Lange. When he was a child, his family moved to a farm north of Clearbrook. As a young man, he worked for a custom combining company, harvesting crops from Texas to Montana. A lifelong Jehovah’s Witness, he symbolized his dedication through baptism at a convention held at Yankee Stadium in New York City in 1953. On June 3, 1956, Gene was united in marriage to Beryl Westgaard of Bemidji, where they made their home. He was employed as a mechanic for Ernie Paul IH Implement. In 1960, he moved his family to Crookston, which had grown by two children: David and Jolayne. For 10 years, he was the shop foreman at the Crookston IH dealership. During this time, two more children were added to the family: Daral and Melanie. In 1973, the family moved to Gonvick and Gene and Beryl worked for several decades building a bus business. They provided transportation for the Gonvick-Trail School District and in 1983 the charter bus company, Lange Transport, was born. Lugene traveled extensively throughout the United States and Canada with the busses. His passengers included BSU athletes, Hostfest and Folklorama enthusiasts and adventure seekers going to Churchill, Manitoba to see the polar bear migration. For almost 10 years, Gene and Beryl arranged trips to the World Headquarters of Jehovah’s Witnesses in New York. Gene collected many antique Farmall tractors and Cub Cadets, restoring some of them to mint condition. In 2015, Gene and Beryl moved back to Bemidji, closing the circle, and settled into retirement. Gene was known to be a hardworking, kind and honest man. He enjoyed gardening, going to auction sales, tinkering with his old tractors and having coffee with old friends. He especially enjoyed time with his granddaughter, Alaina. Gene had strong faith in the promise made at John 5:28. He was comfortable with the fact that he may have to sleep in God’s memory until the promise of the resurrection is fulfilled. Lugene is survived by his wife of 65 years, Beryl; daughter, Jolayne (Gary Corder) of Richland, Wash.; son, Daral of Duluth; daughter, Melanie (Carlos) Mendez of Bemidji; grand-daughter, Alaina (Max) Morgan of Richland, Wash.; three great grandchildren: Aiden, Kya and Cambria; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, David; his parents; and sisters, Vernice Bartos and Lois Bonik. A virtual Zoom memorial service will be held on Sat., Dec. 11 at 2:00 p.m. Meeting ID: 823 0216 9017/Passcode: 8427


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