Richard A. Lang, Jr.
May 27, 1945 – June 26, 2019
Rich was born on May 27, 1945 in Omaha, Nebraska to Richard and Alice (Lynch) Lang. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Pat Lang. Survivors include wife of 49 years, Pam; children, Becky Hubby (Chris) and Brian Lang (Heidi); grandchildren: Caden and Lauryn Hubby, Brianna Gorter (Brandon) and Alexa and Lauren Evans; sisters, Janice Johnson and Marilyn Vincentini (Pete); brother, Jim Lang; many nieces and nephews.
Rich graduated from Ryan High School in 1963 and from UNO in 1970. Rich loved sports, especially baseball, and was proud to be the second baseman on the Pepsi Team that was the State Class A Jr. Champions. They went on to win the Regional 6 Tournament and placed third in the National Finals in 1963. Rich also played second base and shortstop at UNO. In 1965, the Omaha University baseball team won the District Championship and then played in the National Tournament. The Ryan/Pepsi 1963-1965 baseball team was initiated into the Hall of Fame in 2014.
In 1968, Rich’s 172nd Transportation Reserve Unit was activated. As soon as finals were completed, Rich left for Fort Lewis, Washington. In September his unit was sent to Cam Ranh Bay in Vietnam. He returned to Omaha in the summer of 1969 to complete his final year of college. The unit celebrated its 50th reunion in August, 2018. Rich enjoyed meeting monthly with the members of his reserve unit.
Rich taught at Hillside Elementary School for ten years and coached football at Westbrook Jr. High, the baseball JV team at Westside High School, and the Legion Baseball team during the summers. He loved coaching and continued coaching his children as they were growing up.
In 2011 Rich retired from the maintenance department of Millard Public Schools, where he was honored as Employee of the Month in March, 2008.
Rich loved his family and enjoyed following his grandchildren in all of their sports activities. He will be greatly missed by all his family and friends.
The family will receive friends on Monday, July 1st, from 5pm to 7pm at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 7790 South 192nd St., followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Tuesday, July 2nd at 10:30am at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. Interment at Omaha National Cemetery following Mass; military honors provided by Benson VFW Post 2503. Memorials are suggested to Alzheimer’s Association or Josie Harper Hospice House.