UTICA, Minn. (WKBT) — , 80, of Utica (Apache Junction, AZ) passed peacefully on Sunday, January 17, 2021, at his home with his family at his side.
Born at home on May 6, 1940, to Harry and Nellie Lange in Fountain, MN. He was one of 15 children. As a young man, he worked for various neighboring farmers until the age of 19, when he would work for Ralph Shank Farms from 1959-1976.
At the age of 22, he joined the United States Army from 1962-1964, stationed at Fort Leonardwood in Missouri. He later worked at the Pentagon as a staff driver; from there on, driving became Paul’s life passion.
On October 17, 1964, he married JoAnn Boettcher and spent the next 56 years building a life of memories in the Utica/Lewiston area.
Paul worked various jobs doing what he loved, driving — most recently as a commuter bus driver for Rochester City Lines.
Paul enjoyed riding a motorcycle and taking many trips with his brothers. He and JoAnn spent the past 16 years as winter visitors in Apache Junction, where they recently made it their permanent home. He filled his free time with gardening, woodworking, playing cards and games with family and taking drives in the country. He will best be remembered for his beautiful lawn, in which he took much pride, and his never-ending sweet tooth. He had a great sense of humor and loved to play pranks on others. His laugh was contagious and he was loved by many.
Paul is survived by his wife, JoAnn; daughters, Paula (Mike) Stevens of Apache Junction, AZ, Penny (Bob) of Green Forest, AR, and Julie (Jim) Coleman of Rochester, MN; son, Boone (Adriana) Lange of St. Charles, MN; son-in-law, Kenny Burt of Utica, MN; 11 grandchildren, Ashlee Burt, Joshua (Mariah) Burt, Alicia and Alex Shull, Cody Weis, Kayla, Noah, Bella and Jonah Coleman, Al (Jordan) Lange and Daphnee Lange., and four great-grandchildren, Carter Burt, Abel Johnson, Trae and Mila Lange; brothers, Jerry of Rochester, Lee (Diane) of Millville, Ray of Spring Valley and Roy (Kathy) of Chatfield; sisters Margaret (Gus) Lex of Stewartville and Vera of Chatfield; sisters-in-law Sherry Hahn of Utica, Kathy Koenig of Lewiston and Sue (Mitch) Sanders of Eyota, and many nieces and nephews.
He ws preceded in death by his daughter, Patty Burt; two sisters, and six brothers.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, with visitation from 4-7 p.m. Friday. and one hour before the service at Hoff Funeral and Cremation Service, St. Charles.
Pallbearers will be Joshua Burt, Cody Weis, Alex Shull, Al Lange, Noah Coleman and Carter Burt.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Kenny Burt, Mike Stevens, Bob Weis, Jim Coleman, Freddy Perez and Jose Perez.
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