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David N. Lange

By Joshua Smith
David N. Lange, age 72, passed away on August 6th, 2022 in the company of his “favorite” (and only) daughter, Karen LaDuke. He passed peacefully with the promise of resurrection after a courageous battle with leukemia.

David Lange was born on February 11, 1950 in Batavia, NY to Norman and Ruth Lange. He and his sister Marcia never strayed too far from their Grandma Wellman’s kitchen, who must be credited as the creator of David’s infamous sweet tooth!  Surrounded by his loving grandparents, cousins, and aunt and uncle, David enjoyed ham radio and learning to play organ in his growing up years.  

David received his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Clarkson University in 1972.  He kept his license up even after retirement and remained a registered civil engineer from 1977 until his passing. David was a quintessential engineer and attention to detail was his forte!  

David married his true love, Marilyn Fox Lange on August 4th, 1973.  Less than 2 days before his passing, David and Marilyn celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary.  We give God all the glory that He allowed this gift.  David and Marilyn were an example of loyalty, devotion and commitment.

David worked for the New York State Department of Transportation, continuously serving from 5/31/73 until 7/11/07.  He was Resident Engineer for Genesee/Orleans counties and returned to NYSDOT following retirement with his last assignment as Acting Regional Director of Operations, Region 4 in Rochester.  

Service was an integral part of David’s life.  He served as Saint James Episcopal Church’s organist from 7/9/95 until 3/5/22. True to his nature, David attended to many details at St James, serving on various committees over the years.  David also served as Trustee for the Village of Alexander.  

David’s hobbies included helping others quietly, shoveling many friends, family and neighbors’ driveways, and happily feeding grandchildren (and everyone else) doughnuts and ice cream.  

David is survived by his wife, Marilyn (Fox) Lange of Alexander and daughter Karen and son-in-law Adam LaDuke (172 steps up the street). Grandchildren Naomi, Sally, Margo, and John LaDuke attest to Grandpa’s accuracy in counting steps!  Family in Attica include sister Marcia & brother-in-law Bob Perry, aunt Carol Wellman, cousins Cyndie Wellman and Julie & Jeff Huber.  Additional family include Donna Butler, Suzanne, Greg & Theo Scholand, Danielle & Jordan Fleming, Steve & Jacque Roys, and Kevin & Lisa Roys.  Don Huber, Steve & Fanny Huber, Lee Huber & Nora Kennon, Nancy & Dave Dupree, David & Kris Fox, Bill & Tracy Fox, Christy & Jameson Brunje, Laurie Kelly, Jeff Kelly & Misty Spriggs, Josh & Beth Todd, and Andy & Ashley Todd round out the nieces and nephews list, in addition to many great nieces and great nephews.  Sister and brother-in-laws include Ruth Ann & Ken Kelly and Carol & Larry Trombley and Dick Fox.  David was loyal to many longtime friends who he adored as well.  

Family and friends may call on Friday (August 12th, 2022) from 5- 8 pm at St. James Episcopal Church, 405 East Main Street in Batavia, where David's Memorial Service will be held on Saturday (August 13th, 2022) at 10:00 a.m. FOR VISITATION AND SERVICES, PLEASE PARK IN THE EAST LOT OF THE CHURCH. In lieu of flowers, memorials in David’s name may be made to the Alexander Fire Department, Roswell Cancer Institute, or St James’ Brick and Mortar Fund.  Arrangements were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home in Batavia. Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at

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