Richard (Dick) Langstraat lost his battle to lung disease on Sept. 10, 2011. He died peacefully, his family by his side, at their lake home in Missouri.
Dick was born on Feb. 13, 1939 near Pella, Iowa. At age 18 he enlisted in the U. S. Army. He often said that he didn't think he would miss the hard work of the family farm, but after basic training, he asked himself why he ever left Iowa. However, boot camp was the start of a distinguished, 27-year career in the Army. He not only served in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive, but he was also the youngest soldier of his time to be promoted to the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 4. He was proud to be a mater paratrooper and relished the chance to jump from a "perfectly good airplane." Dick was a genuine patriot, and his love of country continued after his retirement from the military. Drawing from his stellar reputation and his expertise in airdrop technologies (one of Dick's proudest accomplishments was coordinating an airdrop to the World Scientific Team in Antarctica).
Dick started Langstraat Consulting Services, which specialized in developing reliable, innovative equipment for military troops. In the 27 years that he ran his company, Dick travelled extensively, but he never forgot his roots.
|Dick shared his life with his wife of 52 years, Alice (Whittom) Langstraat. He was a loving father to Angela Collins and husband, Rick, of Springfield, MO; Dr. Lisa Langstraat, of Fort Collins, CO and Susan Martin and husband, Michael, of Millstadt, IL. His greatest sunshine was spending time with his grandsons: Danny (23) and Ryan (19) Collins.||He is also survived by one brother and three sisters. Preceding him in death were his parents, two brothers and one sister.|
|A celebration of Dick's life as husband, father, friend and patriot, including military honors, will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Dick's name can be made to Hospice Compassus of Monett, MO, the VFW Post #4207, or Haven of the Ozarks. On-line condolences can be made at www.buchananfuneralhomemonett.com.|
Arrangements are under the personal care and direction of Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett, MO.