Joseph John Langenfeld II (Joe), the oldest of 14 children, was born in Denver, CO on Aug. 21, 1943 and passed away at home from cancer on April 18, 2011.
He grew up in Mitchell, graduating from Notre Dame High School in 1961. Joe received a degree in mechanical engineering from the School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City in 1966. Serving in the US Army from May of 1967 to May of 1970, he was a captain and platoon leader/pilot for helicopter missions in Viet Nam and served three years as a pilot for the South Dakota National Guard.
He also worked as a deck hand on a cargo ship, fifth grade teacher, boat builder, owner and operator of a fiberglass repair business, pilot for off shore drilling in Louisiana, mechanical engineer, and audio book producer and publisher. Other pursuits included writing, sailing, photography, architectural design, and science.
He married Holly Maxon from Lemmon in 1979. They have three sons, Jeremy of Alexandria, VA, Samuel and Benjamin of Falls Church, VA.
Joe was adventurous and had a unique view in the way he approached life. He had an analytical mind. Those he engaged with in problem solving or in an evening of conversation couldnt help but notice the depth of his intelligence. Joe was kind and cherished his relationships with his family, friends, co-workers and neighbors. He had a special love for children. Joe loved to joke and his favorite movie genre was comedy. His voice, laughter and presence in our lives will be forever missed.
He is survived by his wife, Holly; and sons, Jeremy, Samuel and Benjamin; brothers and sisters, Doug (Nancy) Langenfeld and Steve Langenfeld, Sioux Falls, Lisa Langenfeld Buche, Watertown, Kathy Heitzler, Sioux Falls, Peter Langenfeld, Tucson, AZ, Rebecca Langenfeld, Petaluma, CA, Brian Langenfeld, Aurora CO, Tim Langenfeld, Pacifica, CA, Laura (Dave) Iglicki, Castle Rock CO, Elizabeth (Robert) Langenfeld, San Bernardino, CA, Andrew (Kristy) Langenfeld, Alexandria, MN, Paula (Gary) Schmidt, Sioux Falls, Camilla (Kevin) Gelroth, Castle Rock, CO; one uncle, Jamie (Heloisa) Nash, Lancaster, CA.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Eloise and Joseph Langenfeld and brother, Clifford. A memorial will follow inurnment at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.