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Ronald (Ron) Marion Langford, 80, of Lee’s Summit, MO formerly of Albany, MO passed away Tuesday, January 10, 2023, at Centerpoint Hospital in Independence, MO. He was born on March 8, 1942, in Darlington, MO to Marion and Agnes (Chenoweth) Langford who preceded him in death.
Ron grew up in Albany, MO, and graduated from Albany High School in 1960. He remained close to his graduating class attending class reunions and staying in touch with his classmates on Facebook. Ron attended college at Northwest Missouri State University (NWMSU) in Maryville, MO, graduating with a B.S. in accounting in 1964. That same year he began a job with the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) under the U.S. Treasury Department as a National Bank Examiner in St. Louis. Ron transferred to the OCC office in Kansas City, MO, in 1965. He served in the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1969 stationed in the U.S. and Germany. He returned to his duties as a National Bank Examiner in 1969. Throughout the 1970s, he examined banks in the U.S., eastern Asia, and England. He retired from the OCC as a Senior National Bank Examiner in 1991. That same year, Ron began working with CNB Financial Corporation in Kansas. In 1997, he acquired the position of Vice-President and Senior Financial Auditor with UMB Bank. Ron stayed with UMB Bank until 2004. He then continued to work part-time with the Housing Development Corporation until finally retiring in 2012.
Ron married Geneva (Jenny) Langford (Darnell) on June 11, 1966. They had met in a zoology class at NWMSU in 1961. Jenny took a break from teaching and joined Ron in Germany in 1968 where they found time to tour Europe in a Volkwagen Beetle. Jenny was by his side when he passed away. When asked one time by his wife how he wanted to be remembered, Ron told her he wanted to be remembered as being kind. He was certainly that. And he was much more.
He was a musician (piano and clarinet) and a member of his high school and college band, and he passed his musical abilities to his sons and grandchildren. He was an aficionado of cars (especially those of the 1950s) and had owned a Ford Thunderbird and a Ford Crown Victoria. He loved tinkering with both. He held season tickets to the Royals for most of the 1970s through the 1990s and attended the final game of the 1985 World Series with his wife. He enjoyed westerns: movies, TV shows, and books. And he was especially fond of Roy Rogers and John Wayne. He was an avid reader and always seemed to have a paperback novel in his hand. He enjoyed camping and spent many weekends at Pomme de Terre with his wife and family. Ron also enjoyed traveling throughout the U.S. (camper in tow). He loved his parents and family and his hometown. He loved the many dogs he and Jenny owned together: Bunny, Gypsy, PJ, Emma, Benny, and Charlie. And he never forgot Rivets, his childhood dog. He was outgoing and friendly and was known to start conversations with strangers at any place and at any time. He was a good man, and he will be missed by all those who shared a small part of their lives with him.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Geneva (Jenny) Langford, sons Mitchell Langford and Wesley Langford (wife Megan); grandchildren Miles Langford, Rhett Langford, Maeve Langford, and Eleanor Langford, his brother Neil (wife Sharon), and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins, and Charlie, Ron’s furry little companion during his final months.
As per Ron’s wishes, there will be no visitation or funeral. The family respectfully requests that memorial contributions be made in his name to Albany R III School District (Band Fund), to Wounded Warrior Project, or to KC Pet Project. Arrangements have been entrusted with Heartland Cremation & Burial Society in Raytown, MO. Memories of Ron and words of comfort for his family may be shared at heartlandcremation.com and on Facebook on Ron’s Facebook page (search for Ronald Langford).
Chris Lacy & Ann Vance says
My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Carol Rieger says
What a beautiful eulogy! He was a very interesting and kind man. And he’ll be missed by many. Our deepest condolences to Jenny, Mitch and Wes and his whole extended family.
Carol and Ken Rieger.
LouEllen - Richard Higgins says
Jenny, May God Bless and comfort you and your family.
Mike Hurst says
My condolences Jenny and family. Ron was the financial secretary for the Glen Lake Homes Association for many years. He was an old school kinda guy. Always on time, honest as the day is long, ethical to a T, told you like it was. Ron was a great man and the world is a better place because of it.
Bob and Lois Guest says
May God give you comfort and strength during this sad time. Prayers for you and your family.
Kari Gilroy says
I met Ron and Jenny when I first moved next door and had to borrow a tool. Once I saw his garage I knew he was the right neighbor to ask. He was a nice man. I loved visiting with him because he was so interesting. My deepest sympathy to Jenny and family.
Doug Kemp & Family says
So sorry for your loss. You and the boys and their families are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you and family. Doug Kemp and family.
Zeta C Davidson says
Jenny, My most sincere sympathy! Zeta Davidson
Julie Newbold and Sue Rupp says
My Mom and I wish to express our sincere sympathy to our wonderful neighbor, Jenny, at this very difficult time. Jenny and Ron have been wonderful neighbors and we will definitely miss seeing him out walking Charlie??
Cheryl Haines says
My sincere condolences to Jenny, Mitch and Wes and their families. I will always remember Ron’s perpetual smile and the many good times at Pomme and at Comptroller functions. He was truly a good friend and will be missed. Prayers to all the family for peace at this time.
Darleen Barnes says
Oh Jenny, I am so sorry to hear about Ron’s passing. With sincere condolences, I’m sending my love and prayers to you and your family.
Charles Newman says
My thoughts and prayers are with Jenny and her family. Ron and I were close friends for many years and worked together at the OCC. I will miss him! So sorry for your loss.
Nicole Westhoff says
I am so sad to hear this news! Ron was quite the character! You will be in my thoughts and prayers!
Margie Guest Franklin & Bill Franklin says
Thoughts and prayers during this time. Stay strong, Jenny, my sincere sympathy to you and your family.
Lawson Linda says
Joel and I are so sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. We are sending are condolences to you and the boys. He was a very kind man and and be missed by many!
Carolyn Lamb says
I remember Ron with fondness. I met him as a new OCC employee in 1984. He was always smiling & I enjoyed listening to his stories of the good ole days.
Many prayers for the family.
Carolyn (Fjeld) Lamb
Nancy & Gary Salmon says
Jenny & family – have had you all in my thoughts & prayers this past week. We sure remember Ron from H.S. days – always thought of him as “one of the good guys” & we know he was! Love & hugs sent your way.
Glen & Shirley White says
Jenny. Glen and I send our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Ron and you were always a joy to see and visit with at the stroke foundation. We have missed seeing you both. Love and comfort to you.
Connie Turnipseed says
Jenny, I am sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. We never met, but I know he had to be a wonderful man since he picked you for a wife. May your beautiful memories bring you and your family comfort until you meet again.
Kellie Conrady says
Jenny and Family, I so sorry to hear of the passing of Ron. I met him in 1983 at the OCC, he was always a friend and mentor to me in my career. Always remembered the names of my kids, my interests and my concerns. Many found this friendship and mentorship with Ron, it’s just who he was. He was the best about keeping in touch. He will be greatly missed and always remembered.
Marshall Toburen says
Loved working with Ron at CNB and enjoyed our monthly catfish lunches. Such a fine person!
Dr Whitney Freeman says
Ron was my Uncle and a very kind and friendly man. Always kidding around and lighthearted, sharing his mutual interests in classic cars, handguns and dogs with his young nephew. He will be missed by all who knew him
Edie Downing says
Ron was one of the kindest people I knew at OCC. He was always smiling. He will be missed by so many people. My prayers are with you.
Vicki Kirkpatrick says
I have lots of fond memories of Ron at the OCC, baseball games, camping at Pomme, John Burt Bash gatherings and many other things. Jenny always treated me warmly as well. We were lucky to have known you both. My prayers and condolences to you all.
Dave Bomgaars says
Ron was a savvy, hard working National Bank Examiner, who cared about doing the right thing to finalize a factual examination report. It was always a pleasure to travel with his team in those early years. It was also a pleasure and a joy to reconnect with Ron and Jenny at the annual “Burt Bash” reunion events. Ron will certainly be missed. May God bless Ron for the life he led.
Jack and Wendy Evatt says
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. We are sending peace and love your way. Hugs to you.
Michael D Bazata says
Condolences to the Langford family. Ron was one of the first people I met during the start of my OCC career. We had the opportunity to work together several times. Ron was an outstanding individual who was always there to help and share an interesting story. Over the years we had many interesting conversations and Ron was very professional and wilingly shared his experience and expertise. He will be missed.
Bob Koenig says
Condolences to Jenny and the family. What a great guy! Always had a big smile on his face. I’ll never forget our good times together at the OCC and afterwards. May he rest in peace.
Jerry L. Young says
Ron and I were roommates, had parttime jobs together, driving school buses and also worked at the same local grocery store. No classes together, however I’m pretty sure we shared times at the Palms and Kat Club, working on accounting problems. If I passed Acct 101 it was because Ron helped me understand debts and credits. Ron was 5 days older than I, which gave him a leg up on me in college. We went our separate ways after graduation. In 1968 or 69 Ron and Jenny were (Army) in Germany. I just finished my tour in Vietnam came home, married Donna and went to Europe. We got together with Ron and Jenny for a day or two. Donna and I have living in CA and OR ever since. We did get to see each other a number of times when we went home to DM, IA and Bismarck, ND. The pandemic broke the chain of our visits and we were looking forward to being in Kansas City this spring! We always called each other several times a year and we had talked in December. Jenny, Ron was happy and lucky to have you as his wife, thanks for taking particular care of him these last few years. We will all miss him a great deal.
Randy and Patti Broyles says
My condolences to Jenny and family. I have many fond memories of working with Ron We’ve lost a good one. May we meet again some day.