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Langeland Family Funeral Home is pleased to have a program where every month we pay tribute to the memory of a veteran by raising the flags at our chapels in their honor. Each chapel prominently displays a framed biography with a photograph of the veteran for the entire month, remembering and honoring the veteran and their family for service to our country. 

We at Langelands are grateful to these men and women for their sacrifice and courage and we consider it our honor to pay tribute in this way. If you or a family member would like to have a fallen veteran remembered, please contact K. Lynn McFarlen, Community Outreach Director, 269-343-1508. There is no cost or obligation. Families choosing to participate will receive a certificate and the displayed biographies of their family member to keep or share.

(Please note three of our chapels have flag poles and three do not, although the flags we raise represent all our locations.)

For past recipients see: /lgq/archived-flag-flying-tributes


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John H. Drenth, Jr.

Mr. Drenth was born March 7, 1934, in Portage, MI, a son of John and Jenny (Nuismer) Drenth and had been a lifelong area resident.

John enlisted in the Air Force, serving in Korea, and continued serving in the reserves after his enlistment time was completed.

John was preceded in death by his parents; seven siblings; daughter, Suzanne Detienne; and a son-in-law, Michael Denaway. On June 21, 1955, John married the former Alta Hewson who survives. Also surviving are his children, Faye Drenth-Thurman and her husband, Jerry Thurman, Gayle Denaway, and John C. Drenth; five grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Drenth was lain to rest with full military honors in

Mr. Everest Memorial Park, Kalamazoo, Michigan.

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Memorial Chapel
622 South Burdick St.
| Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Tel: 1-269-343-1508
Portage Chapel
411 East Centre Ave
| Portage, MI 49002
Tel: 1-269-343-1508
Westside Chapel
3926 S. 9th St.
| Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Tel: 1-269-343-1508
Climax Chapel
205 East Maple St.
| Climax, MI 49034
Tel: 1-269-746-4206

You are welcome to call us any time of the day, any day of the week, for immediate assistance. Or, visit our funeral home in person at your convenience.

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