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Lange Funeral Home was founded by Hank Johnson in 1934. He had worked for his father Eurus Johnson at the family funeral home in Exline, Iowa. After working for the Langford Funeral Parlor, Hank opened his first funeral home, where Kentucky Fried Chicken is located today.

In 1937, he bought the JA White Mansion, and after adding a chapel, Hank moved the funeral home. His brother L. Jay Johnson came into the funeral business in 1949. In the 1950’s the Johnson’s absorbed the Swanson Funeral Parlor in Mystic, Iowa.

Tom Lange bought the Johnson Funeral Home in 1981 and renamed it the Johnson-Lange Funeral Home. In 1984 Johnson-Lange Funeral Home merged with the Miller-Wehrle Funeral Home, owned by Everett and Maxine Miller Werhle. Tom’s brother Chris Lange joined the family business in 1985 and Tom and Chris bought the Comstock Funeral Home in Unionville, MO. Later Chris and his family would move to Unionville.

Tom and L.Jay Johnson built the Thomas Lange Funeral Home in 2000 on 3 acres south of the Levee District. In 2005 Tom’s son Ben joined the funeral home as a licensed funeral director and partner in the family business. Tom and Ben renamed their Centerville location the Lange Funeral Home. In 2009 they purchased the Moravia Funeral Chapel, Moravia Iowa

The only Funeral Home with an on-site crematory in Appanoose County

Lange Funeral Home is the first and only full-service funeral home in the area to offer on-site cremations. The difference is simple but significant. With Lange Funeral Home’s on-site crematory, families have our assurance that once you have entrusted us with your loved one, they never leave our care. Your family member will cared for with dignity by people you trust.

Our installation of a state of the art cremation unit means that the entire cremation process will take place at Lange Funeral Home, assuring you any your family of our tradition of accountability and exacting standards throughout. You can expect complete privacy, comfort and respect while we take personal care of the entire cremation process.

There is no extra expense for on-site cremation and because your loved one never leaves our care, you are spared any additional transportation or scheduling problems with an outside crematory.

Learn more about the cremation process, call 641-856-2000.


In memorium, past employees

L. Jay Johnson 

Jack Fox

Bob McAnelly 

P.J. LaPaglia 

Ivyl Tarbell

Loretta Kauzlarich 

Tom Maletta

Tom E. Riddick 

Tom Riddick

Louise Hunt 

Irene Crow

Ken Adams

Vicki Moore

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