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Oren Hayes Langley

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Oren Hayes Langley passed away April 18, 2013, at his home in Medford, Ore. He was 94. He was born in Osborne County, Kan., July 17, 1918 to Albert Lee and Sadie Eleanor (Hayes) Langley.


He graduated from the Luray Kansas High School in 1936. During World War II Oren served in the U.S. Army Air Forces from March 1,1941 to November 24, 1945, as a supply technician. He enlisted in Long Beach, Calif., and subsequent assignments took him to Salt Lake City, Utah; Boise, Idaho; Pendleton, Ore.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Great Bend, Kansas; back to Oklahoma City; and then to Seattle, Wash. where he departed November 4, 1944 for the Pacific Theatre serving in the Mariana Islands near Saipan. He was separated at the rank of Technical Sergeant. He earned the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, the American Defense Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the American Service Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal.


His wife of 47 years, Dorothy Elizabeth (Salzgeber) Langley, preceded him in death in 1996. Oren was a self-employed landscape contractor in Southern California for 42 years. His wife was an elementary teacher in the Ontario-Montclair School District for 37 years. The couple moved to Medford, Ore. in 1989.

Oren was a masterful bridge player and maintained his love of gardening throughout his retirement, keeping friends and caregivers supplied with flowers he raised on the balcony of his retirement home. He was an inveterate jokester and loved making people laugh. He is survived by his son, John, of Castro Valley, Calif.; and grandsons, Joseph and Spencer.

Interment will be at the Eagle Point National Cemetery. A brief gravesite service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Monday, April 22, 2013. The Reverend Dave Rapp will officiate. Oregon Military Honors will be provided. Arrangements by Conger Morris Funeral Home, Medford.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Ascension Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 675 Black Oak Drive, Medford, OR 97504; or, Grace Lutheran Church, 108 N. Euclid Ave, Upland, CA 91784.

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