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Official Obituary of

James "Jim" Lange

August 18, 1936 ~ March 20, 2024 (age 87) 87 Years Old
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James "Jim" Lange Obituary

In loving Memory

James “Jim” Henry Lange

Jim Lange was born on August 18, 1936, on a farm near Hadley, Minnesota to Henry and Verna Lundeen Lange.  He was baptized at Faith Lutheran Church in Avoca, MN.  Jim grew up near Avoca and attended country school.  He was confirmed at Christ Lutheran Church in Slayton, MN.  On December 1, 1956, he and Joyce Johnson were married at the Hadley Lutheran parsonage.  Following their marriage, they farmed south of Hadley until health problems forced Jim to retire from farming after 23 years.  Jim bought the radiator shop in Slayton and operated it until 2000 when he sold the business and retired.  Although retired, Jim continued to repair hydraulic jacks.  He exemplified a strong work ethic.  Jim passed away at the Murray County Hospital in Slayton on Wednesday, March 20, 2024, at the age of 87.  He was a member of the Hadley Lutheran Church.  Jim was a family man with a simple faith.  He was a master craftsman making projects for family and friends, like cedar chests, bunk beds, cribs, decorations, and yard ornaments.  Jim was a race car enthusiast, helping family and friends with cars and spent many hours preparing the Murray County Track for racing events earning him the nickname Dirt Doctor.  Jim enjoyed spending time with his family and coffee time with the guys. 

Survivors include his wife, Joyce Lange of Slayton, MN, four children and their spouses, Cindi and Lloyd Horn of Windsor, CO, Alan and Karen Lange of Pipestone, MN, Robin Lange of Currie, MN, Shelli and David Petersen of Slayton, MN, eight grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, two siblings and their spouses, Dale and Judy Lange of Slayton, MN, and Janice and Mick Sellman of Montevideo, MN, one brother-in-law, John Meyer of Slayton, MN, and many nieces and nephews and their families.  He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Milan and Donna Lange, sister, Darlene Meyer, and parents-in-law, Allan and LaVonne Johnson. 

A visitation will be held on Monday, April 1, 2024, at the Hadley Community Center in Hadley from 2-4 p.m.  Totzke Funeral Home of Slayton is entrusted with arrangements.   To view online obituary and send condolences visit In lieu of flowers memorial may be directed to Murray County Hospice. 

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April 1, 2024

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Hadley Community Center
220 Main S
Hadley, MN 56151


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