December 5, 2008
202 W. Maple Street Willard OH 44890 12/8/2008 14:00:00
108 W. Maple Street Willard OH 44890 12/9/2008 11:00:00
Earl James “Jim” Langhurst, age 89, passed away on Friday, December 5, 2008 at his home. He was born in Willard, Ohio, on February 12, 1919 to the late Elmer and Susan (Miller) Langhurst. He was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church in Willard. He graduated from Willard High School in 1937 and the Ohio State University in 1941. He was a member of the Willard American Legion, Elks B.P.O. Lodge 1370, V.F.W. Post 3430 and the Willard Athletic Boosters Club. He was a 32 Degree Scottish Rite- Valley of Toledo, Golden Rule Charter 167 Mason in Willard. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran of WW II and the owner of Langhurst Insurance Agency, in Willard, Ohio.
He was Willard’s first High School State Track Champion and in his junior year of football led the state in scoring with 130 points. At The Ohio State University he was a three year football letterman. As a sophmore in 1938, he was Ohio State’s MVP and led the Big Ten in scoring. He was a member of the 1939 Big Ten Championship Team and elected Captain in 1940. He had a long and illustrious football officiating career highlighted by 12 years as a Big Ten Head Linesman and working the Rose, Sugar and Orange Bowls.
He is survived by his wife, Janis (Youngs) Langhurst whom he married on December 27, 1941; 3 sons, James Langhurst of Perrysburg, Johnny Langhurst of Taunton, Mass. and Jay Langhurst of Willard; 8 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren and 3 nieces
He is preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Susan (Miller) Langhurst; one brother Charles Langhurst; two sisters Dorothy Langhurst and Cleone Vogel and one nephew.
Visitation will be Monday, December 8, 2008 from 2-4 and 6-9 P.M. at the Secor Funeral Home in Willard. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 9, at 11 A.M.at the Grace United Methodist Church, in Willard, with Rev. Doug Winner officiating. Burial will be at the Greenwood Cemetery in Willard, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made to the Willard Elks Sportsmanship Scholarship Fund. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.secorfuneralhomes.com
Our prayers are with all members of Jim’s family. I have always remembered wonderful conversations Jim and I had regarding Willard High School, Ohio State, athletics in schools and life in general. In my many years at the High School, Jim was a faithful supporter and valued friend. Willard has lost a true pillar of the community. We shall miss him greatly.
When one thinks of Jim it is with his infections smile, kind word, a gentleman, and universally kind man. What a loss to all who knew him. Our sympathy to the family.
I am so sorry to hear about Jim’s passing. He was one of the finest men I ever knew. My father thought he was a terrific man,too! It was an honor to know him and the entire family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all!
Blessing from aour Lord Jesus Christ to all of you!
Roy McKinley WHS 1964
Jay and family,
Your Dad lived such a full and celebrated life, yet was always down to earth. He was always a gentleman. My thoughts are with you
Jan and Family
I was deeply saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. He was a class individual with whom I shared many laughs and football stories. One of the keys to his enjoyment in life was the relationship between he and Jan. We have enjoyed staying in touch via Christmas cards. You will be in my prayers.
Jan – I am so sorry to hear about Jim’s passing. We so enjoyed having you and Jim participate in the annual summer Big Ten Officials Outings. We all looked forward to seeing you two each year. The Big Ten Officials group is such a great fraternity and Jim’s your participation and support in it’s activities help make the group what it is today. Jim will always be remember as one of the “special” Big Ten official. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the family at this time of sadness. Dick Honig
Jan and family, I was sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He was such an honorable person, and I always looked forward to seeing Jim and playing golf with you at the officials’ outing. I know you have many great rememberances to help you through this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Denny Freund
We just heard about Jim’s passing. We are so sorry for you, Jan, and the whole family’s loss. Everyone of you and the entire community of Willard knows what a wonderful man and friend Jim was to so many people. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go with All of you. With love to you all. Stan and Jolynn Ware
We were so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He was a fun man to be around and he was a proud Buckeye! He certainly led a full life and will be missed by everyone in the community.
We are so sorry to hear about Grandpa Langhursts passing. Jason and Brenda Langhurst have shared so many great stories about him. Julia, Amanda and Emma were very lucky to have such a great man for a Great Grandpa. Cheerish all those wonderful memories. Your family is in our prayers. God Bless.
Doug, Jill, Abbi and Alison Hile
Jan and the entire Langhurst Family:
We would like to express our condolences to all of you. Jim was a great person and will be missed by everyone who was fortunate enough to know him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
I’m sorry to hear about Jim’s passing. My thoughts are with the family as you get through this difficult time as well as the holiday season.
Although we never actually met, through son (Jim) it appears that Mr. Langhurst was a terrific man and father. It sure seems like your loss will also be felt by many others.
Best wishes and prayers go with you.
Jan, David and I were sorry to hear of your sad loss. We were so glad that we saw you two in Sept. when we were visiting in Ohio. I remember living next to you and your boys and watching them grow up. Jim was an interesting person and I was glad to know him. David has memories of playing golf with him. We send our heartfelt sympathy to you all.
We are so sorry to hear that Jim has passed away. He was an amazing person, and always a joy to see and talk with. What an amazing life he led! Our sincere sympathy to all of you. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Kathy Emery Mulvihill, Marilyn Emery, Gregg and Kathy Emery, David Emery, and John and Mary Emery. Tampa, Florida
We are sorry to hear of Grandpa Langhurst’s passing. We have heard mnay heartfelt stories about his full life. Cherish these memories and your time spent together and allow God to heal your sadness. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Matt, Becky, Michael, Ryan and Emmy
We are so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Rod emembers all the fun times he had at your house in high school.
Our kids have fond memories of growing up next door.Chad remembers playing with Jason when he would visit his Grandparents.(especially falling through the garage door and having 7 sitches!!!)
Eric and my Brother Jon still tell stories of their trip to Ohio State with Jim and meeting all the players!
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Jan, Jay and family,
I am so sorry to hear about Jim’s passing. For 12 years I saw him and worked with him almost every single day. I still remember all of the stories he told me of his very full and colorful life! What a legacy he has left for you all. I know how much Jim will be missed because I will be one of the people that miss him. You will all be in our thoughts and prayer.
John and Jay, I just read your father’s Obituary in the Columbus Dispatch and I’m sorry about his passing. I remember him mainly from the Willard Golf Course (in the 1960’s) and what a fine gentleman he was. I was glad to know him. You are in my prayers.
Sorry to hear of Jim’s passing.
He was a good man and will be missed by all. I know you all have wonderful memories of him. And from time to time will recall those great stories to his grand children,etc.
Your family will be in our prayers.
Jay, I am so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing – he was a larger than life kind of guy and will be greatly missed. I am glad your kids got to know him. Debby Turoff