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Veteran Flag Flying Tribute


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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Walter John Grofvert

Walter John Grofvert passed away in 1942 from spinal meningitis while serving in England as a Private in the US Army. He was initially buried in England, but a year later his body was exhumed and flown home where his sister could finally pay her last respects.

Many members of John’s family never had the opportunity to meet him, including great niece Betsy Bobb, who shared her Uncle’s story with Langelands:

 “I was going through an old cedar chest and found the contents of the shadow box and antique flag. The flag was draped over his casket when he arrived back on American soil. Langelands Funeral Home provided his care when he came home. The guest book in the lower right corner contains beautiful calligraphy and was provided by the funeral home. Given the age of these keepsakes I decided to find a way to display them. The flag had unfolded in its travels. I called Langelands on Burdick Street to inquire if there was someone there who could assist me in refolding it. Thank you, Mr. Jeremy Collins, for assisting our family and all the staff who were able to share in the moment. We shared the guest book with the staff in the lobby. The golden calligraphy is exquisite, and the guest book creates a beautiful tribute for my Great Uncle. Thank you for your care past and present.”

Langeland Family Funeral Homes would like to thank Ms. Bobb and her family for sharing their story and permitting us to honor Walter with flying the flags at our chapels in his memory.

                     Mr. Grofvert was laid to rest with military honors in                            Riverside Cemetery, 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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