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