Harold E. Langkamp

Harold E. Langkamp

Harold E. Langkamp, age 89, of Dubuque, IA, was called home peacefully at 9:05 p.m., on Sunday, December 2, 2018, at ManorCare Health Services, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Harold’s life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 8, 2018, at St. Patrick’s Church, 1425 Iowa Street, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. To celebrate Harold’s life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 7, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Harold was born on May 13, 1929, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Clarence and Emma (Launspach) Langkamp.

Harold honorably served his country with the U.S. Army from 1948 to 1954 in Germany, where he would meet the love of his life, Maria Gaa. The young couple would be united in marriage on January 16, 1951, in Germany, and the two were blessed with 65 wonderful years together, and 5 children, before Maria was called home ahead of him on August 8, 2016. Harold was raised with a strong work ethic, and devoted his time and talents to Morrison Brothers for 40+ years, until his well earned retirement. He was also quite handy with a tool belt, and enjoyed tinkering and working on projects around the house. In his younger days, Harold enjoyed spending time in the great outdoors hunting and fishing, and in later years went out walking as often as he could. Harold was quite a card shark, a skill he looked forward to teaching all of the children and grandchildren, and was well known for starting them out at a very young age. He was always up for a spirited game of Euchre or Poker with the family, and would occasionally test his skills and luck at the Casino. Harold’s sense of humor was legendary, he had a playful, joking personality, as well as a sweet way of flirting with the ladies, making sure they all felt beautiful and special. Family, beyond a doubt, brought the greatest joy into Harold’s days, he especially loved any chance that came his way to play with the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. We are deeply saddened at the loss of such a wonderful, devoted father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend, but take comfort in knowing that he and his beloved wife, Maria, are now once again reunited in their Heavenly home.

Those left to cherish Harold’s memory include

his children,
Harold Langkamp Jr.,
Giselle Langkamp,
Willy Langkamp,
Lana Sheldon
and Sandy Parker, all of Dubuque, IA;

his grandchildren,
Amanda (Brian) Wlochal, Brett Langkamp, Jennifer (Bill Hattula) Sheldon and Matthew Parker;

his great-grandchildren,
Alyssa Sheldon, Michael Wlochal, Zachary Wlochal, Riley Langkamp, Samantha Wlochal and Abigail Hattula;

his siblings,
Arnold “Bub” Langkamp
and Shirley Chapman, both of Dubuque, IA;

and a brother-in-law,
Tom Piehl, Atlanta, GA.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Maria Langkamp; and his siblings, Leonard (Delores) Langkamp, Merlin “Mac” (Darlene) Langkamp and Beverly Piehl; and a brother-in-law, James “Jim” Chapman.

Harold’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff of ManorCare, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their kind, professional and compassionate care of Harold these past years.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among his favorite charities.


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Behr Funeral Home
1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa
December 7th, 2018 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Funeral Service

St. Patrick's Church
1425 Iowa Street, Dubuque, Iowa
December 8th, 2018 at 10:00 AM

6 condolences for Harold E. Langkamp
  1. Donald Fishler says:

    I knew Harold from Local 263. I worked at AY’s Harold at Morrison. Harold was a very dedicated man who represented his Local with respect for his fellow workers. It was a honor to know Harold.

  2. Linda (Uthe) Miller says:

    Harold was like a second father to me growing up and I have many fond memories of him and his love to joke around.

    My sincere condolences to the family for your loss of a great man.

  3. Ann Liddle says:

    Our sympathy to the Langkamp family–
    Ann & Jeff Liddle

  4. Patty Langkamp says:

    Harold was a wonderful, caring man would do anything for you. Harold is my Uncle, my father Leonard brother. I have known him since I was a little kid growing up. We would always go out to Dubuque and pay a visit to all of the relatives. I am deeply saddened by the loss of Harold. To the Langkamp family I have been there with the loss of my mother and father so I know how you all feel. My thoughts and prayers are with you forever I will never forget your Mom Marie or Harold for all that they have done for our family. Take care now, stay well. In time things will get better as you know. Patty Langkamp

  5. Mark Uthe says:

    Dear Sandy, Lana, Willy, Giselle, and “Junior”,
    I sadly regret that I am unable to attend your Dad’s Funeral and I missed the wake because I have a cold. I last saw your Dad’s smile and heard his laughter at my Dad’s wake at the same Behr’s funeral home. I remember all the fun times in the old neighborhood on Klingenberg Terrace. I learned how to play Euchre while sitting at the table watching Don Lakin, Harry Schuster, Harold, and my Dad playing their trump cards on Card Club at Uthe’s. I will keep all the Langkamps in my prayers while you carry on his legacy.—Mark

  6. Diane (Uthe) Trimborn says:

    Please accept my sincere condolences and may you all find some comfort in knowing that your Dad was liked and respected by not only the Uthe Family, but by many other people who knew him.
    Make sure to keep his spirit with you by sharing your memories. And remember that it’s okay to laugh. He wouldn’t want you all to be sad when you’re thinking of him.
    Thoughts and prayers from my family to each of you,

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