Jerry Langenfeld

Jerry Langenfeld

April 19th, 1941 - January 9th, 2020
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Jerry Langenfeld, age 78, of Watertown, SD, passed away of natural causes on Thursday, January 9, 2020.

A wake will be held, with family present, on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 from 5 to 7 p.m. (scripture service at 6:30 p.m.) at Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel in Watertown.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Watertown, with Father Richard Fox officiating.

Military Honors will be conducted by the U.S. Navy Funeral Honors Team of Sioux Falls and the American Legion Post 17 of Watertown.

Interment will be a private ceremony at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Honorary pallbearers will be Tyler Langenfeld, David Langenfeld, Jr., Ashley Damberger, Austin Hart, Rei Hoops, Elle Hoops, Surreal Sky Sessions Langenfeld and Kyran Damberger.

Jerry was born on April 19, 1941 to William P. and Marie E. (Woolven) Langenfeld in Watertown, South Dakota. He grew up in Watertown, attending Immaculate Conception elementary school and graduating from Watertown High School. He later graduated with a 4.0 GPA in Recreational Equipment Sales and Management from Brainerd Vo-Tech.

As a young man, Jerry was a route driver, delivering Langenfeld’s Ice Cream to customers located along South Dakota Highway 1804 north of Pierre. He proudly served in the United States Navy stationed at Great Lakes Naval Station, Illinois. After leaving the military, he joined law enforcement, serving as a police officer in Pierre, Aberdeen and Hot Springs. An avid hunting and fishing enthusiast, Jerry excelled in sporting good sales. Returning to Watertown, he worked for Walt’s Place, which he later purchased and rebranded as North Country Guns & Tackle, moving the store to Kemp Street in downtown Watertown. He lived in Washington and Idaho for many years and returned to Watertown to be near family. In recent years, he could be heard telling animated hunting and fishing stories at the Cowboy Bait & Ammo Store.

Jerry loved reading books, especially about World War II and South Dakota history. His years of travel across the country, driving from Florida to Alaska, meant he could pinpoint any national landmark along a U.S. highway. “Get a map!” he would say. Jerry was a great storyteller and had a nickname for everyone. Do you know yours?

Jerry is survived by his children, Richard Langenfeld (Donna Schott) of Britton, SD, David (Jennifer) Langenfeld of Boise, ID, Debbie (Dave) Langenfeld Hoops of Huron, SD and Amy Zimerman of Seattle, WA; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; his siblings, Linda (Joel) Johns of Watertown, SD, David “D.J.” (Kay) Langenfeld of LaBolt, SD, Mary Lynn Wrage of Watertown, SD and Barb (Jim) Aarstad of Watertown, SD.

He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant sister, and brother-in-law, Dr. Ted Wrage.

In lieu of flowers, memorials would be preferred.

Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel serving the family
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday January 14th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Tuesday January 14th, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel
    1111 4th St NE
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
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    There will be a scripture service at 6:30 pm. Family will be present from 5:00-7:00 pm.
  • Service

    Wednesday January 15th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Wednesday January 15th, 2020 11:00am
    Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
    110 3rd St SE
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
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    Father Richard Fox
  • Interment

    St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
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    Private with family
  • Reception

    Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
    110 3rd St SE
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
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    Lunch following the service.


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Theresa Ruscio

Posted at 09:16pm
Dear cousins, Linda, DJ, Mary and Barb,
Sending you thoughts and prayers from your cousin Theresa Langenfeld Ruscio from Denver, Colorado. I remember Jerry and have fond memories of being at your childhood home as a kid! It was always such a happy time when we would visit! Please visit if you are every in the Denver area.

Al & Marla Sandner

Posted at 01:47pm
Dear Debbie and Family, Jerry was one of our dearest friends. Marla and I knew him for many years. During this time I worked with him and spent many hours on the "road" with him sharing stories, hunting, fishing, etc., etc.. Jerry and I spent several years travelling the country delivering travel trailers from the factories to the dealers. Many happy hours of chatting on the "CB Radios" while enroute. We also spent much time around Boise, Idaho just visiting and doing regular "stuff". We think of him often and talk about the things we once did together. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. We wish you all the best always.

Jan Eickhoff

Posted at 12:10pm
Debbie & family, I did not know your Dad but from the many stories you shared, feel like I do. It is so hard to lose our parents but you have the memories, hold them close & they will not only be a comfort to you but Dad is walking with you always. Please know that you are all in my thoughts & prayers. Sending much love & many hugs your way.

Schipke-Lees, Blieges, Dambergers, Harts, Littleto

Posted at 12:03pm
We are all very sorry for the loss of Jerry (Turkey). Sending you all love.
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