J. Henry Lange, 85, surrounded by family and friends, passed away, as he lived his life, quietly and with dignity on June 25, 2019. Son of late Henry J. and Viva Mae (Kerr) Lange, and brother to late Donna J. Lange; he was born in Belle Vernon, PA on August 20, 1933. He graduated as valedictorian from Marion high school, and attended the University of Pittsburgh where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology. Following graduation, he joined the US Army, and was stationed in Korea, Japan, and Germany. Upon his return, he began his career in the steel industry as a metallurgist. A career transfer brought him to southeastern PA, where he met Greer (Stewart) Lange; they married in 1970. The couple welcomed son Henry S. Lange in 1978. Due to job transfers, the family lived in Michigan, western Pennsylvania, and Connecticut; finally returning to Henry’s favorite place, West Chester, PA in 1984. After leaving the steel industry, he trained at The Restaurant School with a dream of opening his own restaurant. Though the restaurant never opened, he was able to pass on his passion for cooking and recipes to his son and grandsons. He loved traditions, many of which involved food; and he had signature phrases uttered during driving trips to Pittsburgh. These included “We’re off like a herd of turtles” as well as remarking at “the vastness of it all.” Henry had a passion for early American history, the theater, old movies, animals, and entertaining. Henry is survived by wife Greer, son Henry, daughter-in-law Brynn (Carlson) Lange, and grandsons Alexander Phillip and Wesley Robert Lange. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Bette (Stewart) Somers, his niece, Jennifer Gardner, and nephew Kristian Gardner.
in lieu of flowers, the family would like to ask for donations to Main Line Health Hospice, who provided great end-of-life care and support for Henry and his family. Donations can be made by check and sent to Main Line Health Hospice, 2410 N. Radnor Chester Road, Suite 100, Radnor, PA 19087. Please indicate that donations are made in memory of J. Henry Lange. Donations can be made online at
https://www.mainlinehealth.org/ways-to-give/homecare-and-hospice-foundation/make-a-gift-online. Please select “Hospice,” “Tribute Gift,” and then “In memory of” to donate in Henry’s name.
Services will be held at Washington Memorial Chapel, Valley Forge, on Friday, July 12th. The family will be receiving visitors at 10:00 AM, with the service and burial immediately following at 11:00 AM.
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Main Line Health Hospice
240 N. Radnor-Chester Road, Radnor PA 19087-5174
Web: https://www.mainlinehealth.org/ways-to-give/homecare-and-hospice-foundation/make-a-gift-online. Ple