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Bud Langenhovel
(May 6, 1921 - July 9, 2013)

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Alden Darr Langenhovel, beloved father and patriarch, died at home Tuesday July 9th, at 10am in the presence of his grandson. He was 92 years old. Born on May 6th in Los Banos, he was the first son to Audrey and Alden Henry Langenlovel. They, along with his younger brother Gordon, were residents of Los Banos until A.H. went to work for the San Luis Canal Co. He graduated from Dos Palos High School in 1940, and went on to Pasadena C.C. and Cal Poly until war broke out. By February 1942 he was a sailor and spent the first two years of the war in what he called "the greatest detail a sailor could get" ferrying LST's from St.Louis down the Mississippi to New Orleans then turning them over to the British. It was a detail that took him through every major lake and river in the country. He was eventually transferred to Manus,Admiralty Islands, at the time the farthest advanced base the U.S. held in the Pacific, where he served until the wars end. He was discharged a Boatsman's Mate 2nd Class on December 30th, 1945. After returning home he joined the Post Office as a clerk and would remain with the P.O. for another 38 years. He also began a courtship with the love of his life Carole Mariani Ledford. They married at the Mission in Carmel in February 1948, and were married for 58 years. Along the way he was promoted to Postmaster, succeeding Dino Cicarelli, where he served for 25 years, also presiding temporarily as Postmaster in both Los Banos and Firebaugh. He spent many proud years as an auxiliary policeman and volunteer fireman. He and Carole adopted a daughter, and raised a grandson in Dos Palos. He retired in 1983 with 42 years of government service, and enjoyed his retirement in his small hometown, where he and Carole remained loyal Bronco supporters. Alden enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards with his friends, and the occasional Martini, but his real passion was flying. Having met Lloyd Stearman, he was proud to own one of his first planes, which he flew low over the fields of the Westside chasing coyote until their tongues hung out in exhaustion. Alden spoke often about the joys of open cockpit flying. He worked hard and played hard, loved and laughed, and was adored by all who knew him. Both Alden and Carole were blessed with amazing friends, cherished friends, with whom they spent much of their time. After suffering the loss of his beloved wife in 2006, he continued on for nearly seven years, with his grandson by his side, until finally, and bravely, succumbing to the effects of his illness. He was preceded in death by his father Alden Henry, his Mother Audrey, and his brother Gorden. He is survived by his daughter Patricia, his grandsons Brian and Scott, his granddaughters Samantha and Heather and great grandson's Levi, Ethan and Lucian. He was an amazing man and husband, a good boss, and a wonderful father who led quietly, lovingly, forgivingly, and by example. A Rosary will be said Wednesday July 17th at 9:00am at Fierro Family Funeral Home. Burial at the San Joaquin National Cemetery on Monday July 22nd at 2pm


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