It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of Earl Harold Lang, surrounded by family at the Rocky View Hospital in Calgary on May 27, 2019. Earl will be forever remembered by his children; daughters Donna Reiswig (Albert Pelletier), Deborah Tetz, Darlene Basaraba (Troy), and son Larry (Joanne) along with treasured grandchildren, Richelle Reiswig (Mark Lario), Mandy Hyde (Daryl), Steven Tetz (Clyde Wagner), Tori Hunt (Chris), Trisha Fairgrieve Park (Ross), Chantel Kliewer (Adam), Chloe Lang (Joe Koop), Lars Lang, great-grandchildren Gavin, Alivia and Bennett Hyde, Alexa Hunt, Beckett and Leighton Kliewer. Sisters Lorraine McLauchlin, Anita Kenyon and Shirley Strand and the many extended family and friends. Predeceased by his parents Herbert and Helen Lang, Bernie Reiswig (son-in-law), Douglas Tetz (son-in-law), Trevor Reiswig (grandson), Bob Kenyon (brother-in-law), Lloyd McLauglin (brother-in-law), Dennis Strand (brother-in-law).
Earl Lang was born at the Calgary General Hospital on September 26, 1929 and went on to marry Ruth Welkie on April 7, 1953 in a double ceremony with Ruth’s sister Doreen and Albert Krueger. Earl and Ruth moved to Peoria in April 1956 where he proudly established his homestead. Earl was a very successful farmer, he took pride in introducing new farming practices and techniques including the introduction of new seeds. Earl also spent his days breeding Arabian horses, flying his Air Commander plane, singing, yodeling and playing many musical instruments. In his younger days Earl sang and played guitar on a fifteen minute segment on a Calgary radio station. Later, he and his friends in the Peoria area formed a band which played on a Grande Prairie radio station. He was a true Albertan Cowboy at heart and loved to be at any Stampede enjoying his time behind the chutes and hanging out with his chuck wagon friends.
Earl and Ruth divorced in 1976 and he then married Cecile Bernier, increasing his family with stepchildren Rick, James, Cynthia and Wayne and many more grandchildren. In 1977 Earl sold the homestead and purchased farming land in Mundare. He and Cecile enjoyed their days visiting family and friends in their luxurious motorhome. They parted ways in 1996 and Earl moved to Calgary where he enjoyed his retirement and continued to make numerous friends wherever he went; at the Auctions, Casinos and in his condo building.
Up until his last days Earl longed for those warm summer months and any chance to spend time in his motorhome which was conveniently parked on Larry’s acreage, he enjoyed his days sunning himself, watching the blue birds land on his feeder, listening to the chuck wagon races on the radio along with a little bit of country music of course, interacting with the Priddis neighbours, waving as they went by. He also insisted he was a competent driver and would take off in his motorhome on little excursions down to the Little Bow or Strathmore Rodeo, despite resistance from his family.
On March 26th 2019, Earl was admitted into the Rockyview hospital where he underwent major surgery. He surprised us all with his strong will to recover and great determination to walk out of hospital and attend Chloe’s wedding. He fought hard and always remained so thankful to the doctors, nurses and numerous visitors. Unfortunately for us recovery was not meant to be, the Lord took him home where he is now pain free, country dancing on the streets paved with gold, yodeling up a storm and entertaining those gone before him. Earl’s life was a life well lived . . . He will be greatly missed by many and forever loved.
The family would like to thank everyone for their support over the last two months, and to give recognition and thanks to the incredible medical staff at the Rockyview hospital.
A memorial was held for Earl in Calgary on June the 14th, 2019 at Leyden’s Funeral home. Interment will take place at a later date in Calgary.