Arnold G. "Arnie" Lange, 92, passed away on December 4, 2022 at Aspirus Hospice House after a long illness. Arnie was born in Stevens Point, WI on October 10, 1930, the son of the late Paul C. and Minnie (Johnson) Lange. He attended Stevens Point schools and graduated from the former P.J. Jacobs High School in 1948. He attended the former Central State Teachers College (now UW-SP) before joining the Wisconsin Air National Guard in Racine, WI in January 1951. Arnie served proudly during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in March 1953.
In July 1955 Arnie started his career as a Radiologic Technologist at the former St Mary's Hospital School of Radiologic Technology in Wausau, WI, graduating in July of 1957. On June 30, 1956 Arnie and Jo Ann Litzer were united in marriage at St Stephen Lutheran
Church in Wausau, WI. After Arnie's graduation they relocated to Green Bay, WI where Arnie was employed in the Radiology Department at St Mary's Hospital. In 1963 they returned to Wausau where Arnie was employed at the former Wausau Memorial Hospital. After the merger of Wausau Memorial and St Mary's Hospitals his career continued at the new Wausau Hospital where he retired in 1996 after 33 years of service. As a registered radiologic technologist, Arnie was a member of The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, The American Society of Registered Radiologic Technologists and The Wisconsin Society of Registered Radiologic Technologists.
Through the years, Arnie and Jo Ann traveled with their children to many places throughout the US, camping in their travel trailer. Arnie always said their two-week summer vacations were the best two weeks of the year. When they had an empty nest, Arnie and Jo Ann purchased an RV and traveled to 48 states and several Canadian Provinces. They especially enjoyed the natural beauty they found in the National Parks throughout the US and Canada. They both enjoyed frequent visits to Door County and to Bayfield. Additionally, they enjoyed trips to New York to attend Broadway shows and see other attractions while there.
Arnie also enjoyed flower gardening, bird watching and attending his children and grandchildren’s performances and sporting events. Arnie and Jo Ann followed them to out of town games and especially to soccer tournaments in the summer in their motorhome. He was also a fan of Packers, Badgers, Brewers and NASCAR.
Arnie was a long-time member of St. Stephen Lutheran Church, where he served on the council and several committees throughout the years. He is a member of The Wausau Elks Lodge #248 and the Wausau Golden K Kiwanis Club. He served on the Board of Directors and in various officer positions including president. Volunteering was another activity that Arnie did with Faith in Action M.C., Aspirus Wausau Hospital, and with the Golden K Kiwanis.
Survivors include four children, Jamie Stearman (Tom) Campbell, Springfield, MO, Jolene (Charles) Goralski, Weston, Dr. Ross (Vickie) Lange Wausau and Jennifer (Clay) Vajgrt, Cloverdale, CA. Arnie is further survived by eight grandchildren, Justin, Jordan and Jaron Goralski. Marissa, Rachael, Alexander and Nicholas Lange, and Chloe Vajgrt and three great-grand children, Marlowe, Juniper and Rowan Goralski. Additional survivors are two sisters-in-law, Nancy Litzer, Laurie Litzer and several nieces and nephews. Preceding Arnie in death were his parents and sister, Anita Noble as well as brothers-in-law William Noble, Adene (Dean), Clayton (Jack), Lyle and Daniel Litzer. He was further preceded in death by a nephew, Sean Noble.
Memorial services will be held on Thursday December 8, 2022 at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 512 McClellan Street, Wausau, WI. Visitation will be at 11:00am with a service to follow at 12:00pm. The family would like to thank his faithful friend Randy Van Natta, the Aspirus Cancer Care Center, Hospice Services, Hospice House and other physician’s and staff of Aspirus for the comfort and care they provided to Arnie in his final years.