History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.


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 succeded him in the formed business and Marilyn Van Gunst. His wife, Henrietta, passed away on April 19, 2008 at the age of 97.


Dennis F. Langeland - In Memoriam
January 27, 1898 - December 1, 1986

When Marvin Langeland met success in the funeral business in Kalamazoo, he asked his brother Dennis to join him. Dennis, like Marvin had been raised in a small rural village outside of Holland Michigan, where their father owned a general store that sold shoes, boots, furniture, and caskets. He was also the village undertaker.

Dennis was a graduate of Calvin College and attended Western Michigan University. He taught school and was a salesman/driver for Baxter laundry in Grand Rapids before joining Marvin in the funeral business in 1942. He earned his Funeral Directors License and became a partner in the business and later became President of the firm.

Dennis was a member of the First Protestant Reformed Church of Kalamazoo and served on the consistory there as an elder and as council clerk. He also served on the Board of the Kalamazoo Christian High School. In 1984 he was honored as a 40 year licensee with the Michigan Funeral Directors Association.Dennis’s wife, Laurine, passed away in 1996 and they are survived by a daughter, Virginia Spitters; and sons. Harold who retired from his work at Langelands in 1993 and Norman who is President of the firm today.


Fred Langeland - In Memoriam
March 2, 1903 - June 20, 1940

Fred Langeland owned a funeral home in Zeeland, Michigan before coming to Kalamazoo to join his brother Marvin. Fred was here only a short time when he underwent surgery. Although the surgery was successful, complications set in, and Fred passed away at the age of 37.

He was a member of the Third Christian Reformed Church of Kalamazoo.

His wife Della remained in Kalamazoo, where she raised their 4 children. She passed away in 2005 at the age of 101.


Kenneth P. Langeland - In Memoriam
June 24, 1938 - April 25, 2002

Kenneth followed in his father Marvin’s footsteps and became a Licensed Funeral Direction in 1960. Under his leadership, the firm expanded with the acquisition of our Comstock and Galesburg Chapels.

Ken was a member of the Third Christian Reformed Church of Kalamazoo. He loved singing with the Singing Crusaders Men’s Chorus and served as their business manager. He and his wife Joyce enjoyed traveling and playing golf.

Joyce continues to live in Kalamazoo and Arizona. Their daughter Lori moved with her family to New Jersey and their son Tod lives in Kalamazoo and continues to work in the family business.



Harold C. Langeland - Retired

Graduate of Kalamazoo Christian High School, attended Western Michigan University, graduated from Wayne State College of Mortuary Science. Served with the U.S. Army of Occupation in Germany during the Korean Conflict. Member of VFW #6252 and Jos. B. Westnedge Post #36 of the American Legion; Member, Michigan Funeral Directors Association; Member, Third Reformed Church. Harold enjoys funeral home planning and design, as well as residential plan drafting. He has been active in Faith in Action Mission Trips. Harold is the father of Howard Langeland, Daniel Langeland, Rosemary Chilvere and Brenda Robert; three stepsons, John, James and Thomas Bennett. Harold was widowed in 1999. In May of 2003, he married the former Rose Marie LaFountain (Stanislav). They reside in Cooper Twp. and enjoy traveling in their motor home.

Our Valued Staff

  • Norman D.  Langeland

    Norman D. Langeland President

    Graduate of Kalamazoo Christian High School, did pre-mortuary science study at Western Michigan University, graduated from Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science in 1960. Member of the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice, Michigan Funeral Directors Association. Past-President of Kalamazoo Sertoma Club, Member of Heritage Christian Reformed Church. Married to the former Bonnie Ewing, son Greg Langeland and daughter Lisa Langeland Allen are both active in the operation of the family funeral homes.

  • Gregory N.  Langeland

    Gregory N. Langeland Vice President

    Graduate of Kalamazoo Christian High School and Worsham College of Mortuary Science. Greg is also a Member of Michigan Funeral Directors Association. Greg lives in Portage with his wife, Teresa, and their four children, Tyler, Haley, Hunter and Colton, and enjoys all sports activities.

  • Tod W.  Langeland

    Tod W. Langeland Secretary/General Manager

    Tod graduated from Kalamazoo Christian High School in 1982 and received his Bachelors of Business Administration from Western Michigan University in 1987. He then entered the US Army as an officer, serving in Korea and Georgia. He graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 1994. Tod is a member of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association, Western Michigan University ROTC Alumni Association, and the Association of the United States Army. Tod lives in Kalamazoo with his wife, Reneé and their two beagles, Jooks and Toby.

  • Lisa M. Langeland  Allen

    Lisa M. Langeland Allen Treasurer

    Lisa is a graduate of Kalamazoo Christian High School, Class of 1990. She began her career at Langeland’s in June 1990, working as the Accounting Assistant and later Office Administrator. She graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in January 2011 and was the recipient of the Mu Sigma Alpha Award and Restorative Art Award for her class. She enjoys serving the community with her talents and gifts in funeral service.

  • Dann A.  Klaassen

    Dann A. Klaassen Co-Manager of Funeral Service Operations/Licensed Funeral DIrector

    Born and raised in Grand Haven, MI, Dann graduated from Grand Haven High School in 1970. A graduate of Muskegon Community College he moved to Kalamazoo and began working with Langeland's in 1974. He attended Western Michigan University, and was a 1977 graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science. A long time resident of Portage, he has been involved in many community organizations and events. Member and Elder of Southridge Reformed Church and a member of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association. Dann is married to Sharon and they have two children, Jodi and Matthew and their best friend, Buster the Bichon.

  • Win  Swieczkowski

    Win Swieczkowski Co-Manager of Funeral Service Operations/Licensed Funeral DIrector

    Win was born in Lansing, MI and was raised in Saginaw, MI. He graduated from Hemlock High School in 1993 and then attended Delta College. He graduated from Wayne State University School of Mortuary Science in 1999. Win has lived in Kalamazoo since 2005 and is married to Carrie Bush Swieczkowski. He has worked in funeral service his entire career and has been with Langelands since 2012. He enjoys fly fishing, long distance running and playing golf. He and his wife, Carrie, have four dogs: Miles, Ernie, Francesca and Lucky.

  • Tod S.  Locey

    Tod S. Locey Licensed Funeral Director

    Tod was born and raised in Sturgis, Michigan and graduated from Sturgis High School in 1981. He was also a graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 1985; and from Western Michigan University in 1998 with a Bachelors of Business Administration Degree. Tod has been employed with Langeland's as a Licensed Funeral Director since 1985. He is a member of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association and Western Michigan University Alumni Association. Tod lives in Kalamazoo with his wife, Wendy and daughter.

  • Robert C.  Bucknell

    Robert C. Bucknell Licensed Funeral Director

    Bob is a 1972 graduate of Bronson High School, Bronson, Michigan. He joined the Langeland staff after graduating from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 1988. Member of the Portage First United Methodist Church, Michigan Funeral Directors Association, British Institute of Embalmers, and a Reserve Police Officer with the Portage Police Department. Bob lives in Portage with his wife, Cindy. They have four children and one grandson. Since the early 1990’s, they have served as a host family during the Girls Softball World Series, held in Kalamazoo. The family also includes an Old English Sheepdog, Benson. Bob enjoys bowling, W.M.U. Bronco Hockey, and N.H.L. Hockey.

  • Greg J.  Glessner

    Greg J. Glessner Licensed Funeral Director

    Born in Ft. Wayne, IN and raised in LaOtto, IN, Greg graduated from East Noble High School in 1975 and immediately joined the United States Marine Corps, retiring after 22 years of service. His wife, Windi and their children, Payton and Paxton, reside in Battle Creek. Greg also has 3 other children, Holly, Kyle and Scott who also live in Battle Creek. He attended Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Wheeling, IL where he graduated in 1999 and soon became licensed thereafter.

  • Katie Atkin

    Katie Atkin Licensed Funeral Director

    Katie was born and raised in Portland, MI, where she graduated from St. Patrick’s High School. She then went on to attend Lansing Community College and Wayne State University, where she received her degree in Mortuary Science in 2001. Katie has been a Licensed Michigan Funeral Director since 2003. She first began her career with Langelands in 2003 to 2005 and returned again in April of 2014. Katie and her son Emmett reside in Grand Ledge.

  • Roger A.  Medema

    Roger A. Medema Funeral Service Associate

    Roger joined our staff in 1965. Roger enjoys gardening with his wife, Mary. He is a singer and sings at many of our services. He is a member of Covenant United Reformed Church.

  • Robert A.  Baas

    Robert A. Baas Advance Funeral Planner

    Rob has been with Langeland Family Funeral Homes since 2002 as a Pre-Need Family Services Consultant. He is part of the first group in Michigan to receive certification in MAPP, Michigan Advanced Planning Professionals, which is endorsed by the Michigan Funeral Directors Association. He is a 1990 graduate of Kalamazoo Central High School. Prior to joining Langeland’s he co-owned a local, family-owned painting company for over 12 years. He is a lifelong member of Centerpoint Church (formerly Third Reformed) and he enjoys many outdoor activities, watching movies and spending time with his two children, Shelby and Dylan. He is dedicated and honored to serve the families in our community.

  • K. Lynn  McFarlen

    K. Lynn McFarlen Advanced Funeral Planner

    A graduate of Kalamazoo Central and recipient of a BFA from WMU, Lynn taught art at Hackett High School for twenty years before changing her career path by joining the Langeland prearrangement team in October 2010. Lynn continues her interest in art by showing her paintings in various local venues, such as Kalamazoo art hops, the Nature Center and Bronson Hospital. Lynn enjoys spending time with her husband, Ted, daughter, Libby, and son, Joey. Favorite family events are cook-outs in the back yard with friends and extended family and various sports activities.

  • Martin  Schuiteboer

    Martin Schuiteboer Office Administrator

    Graduated from Comstock High School in 1963 and attended Western Michigan University. I served in the US Army during the Vietnam Conflict from 1965-1967. I began working for Langeland Funeral Homes in 2001 and prior to that was employed by an International CPA firm for 18 years and a Credit Union for 16 years. I enjoy playing the organ and play for many church services in the Kalamazoo area. My favorite hobby is lawn work and I mow my lawn 2 times a week. It is not uncommon for my wife and I to plant over 1500 annual plants a year. I live in Portage with my wife, Connie, a Registered Nurse, and we have two married daughters, Lisa and Kristen; two son-in-laws, Brian and Ryan and two grandchildren, Naomi and Levi.

  • Karen  Schaap

    Karen Schaap Accounting Assistant

    Graduated from Kalamazoo Christian High School and Davenport College. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and worked in the accounting department of various companies in Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, and Bangor prior to joining the Langeland staff in November 2006. A lifetime resident of Kalamazoo, Karen enjoys walking, bicycling, bowling, reading, and spending time with her family. She is also a lifetime member of Hope Reformed Church and involved in many aspects of her church community.

  • Terry  Dughie

    Terry Dughie Administrative Assistant

    Terry was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin. She graduated from Green Bay West High School. After serving four years in the US Navy, she continued her education earning an Associate Degree in Accounting. She resides in Portage with her husband John and their two dogs Chase and Murray. She enjoys spending time with her children, Kristen, Jeremy and Danya along with the grandchildren; Maya and Mallory, Nicolas and Tom, Owen and Alex and step- daughters Madison, Samantha and Allison.