Marvin H. Langeland - In Memoriam
May 11, 1910 - December 1, 1997
It was his determination that brought Marvin Langeland to Kalamazoo, a town where he knew no one, to start a funeral home in 1934. It was his compassion that turned it into a success.
Marvin had been working with his brother, Fred, at a funeral home in Zeeland when he set out to establish his own funeral home. With the encouragement of a local minister and a $500 loan from a friend he put down roots in Kalamazoo. The first year he had 34 funerals, a number that has increased steadily since.
Marvin’s first funeral home in Kalamazoo opened November 19, 1934 at 139 E. Lovell, a former doctor’s office that is currently the site of a parking ramp behind the former Jacobson’s store. He moved to the present location of the Memorial Chapel, 622 S. Burdick Street, in 1937.
He was a member of the Grace Christian Reformed Church and served there as an elder and was frequently asked to serve on synodical committees for the Christian Reformed Church. He was the father of two children, Kenneth who succeeded him in the formed business and Marilyn Van Gunst. His wife, Henrietta, passed away on April 19, 2008 at the age of 97.