Dr. Orville A. Langhough, 92, of Chetek, was called home Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021, at the Mayo Clinic Health Care System in Eau Claire, Wis.
Orville was born on July 26, 1928, in Chetek, the son of Dr. Olaf P. and Alfie (Sletten) Langhough.
Orv attended Chetek High School, excelling in basketball, football, boxing and baseball, earning 11 letters. He moved on to St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., graduating with degrees in biology and physical education. He then attended the Palmer School of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, with a break to serve at Army Chemical Center in Maryland from 1951 to 1953. After graduating from Palmer, he returned to Chetek to join his father’s practice.
He married Shirley Hickenbottom on Oct. 29, 1955, to begin their 65-year marriage. He was always willing to go the extra mile for his patients, giving student athletes special attention. He was an outstanding golfer, bowler, baseball player, basketball player, storyteller and colorful sportswriter for The Chetek Alert. Orv served his community on the city council, school board and church boards. He was active on the State Chiropractic Board as well, advocating for the vocation he loved. He never walked away from a good fight. But, above all, the number one priority in his life was his Christian faith.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Langhough, of Chetek; children, Martin A. Langhough, of Scottsdale, Ariz.; Richard O. (Melanie) Langhough, of Charlotte, NC; Nancy L. (Michael) Cook, of Eau Claire, and Michele A. Langhough, of Chippewa Falls; grandchildren, Dr. Jason R. Langhough, Aaron D. (Jordan) Langhough and Scott M. Langhough; and other family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Olaf and Alfie; brother and sister-in-law, Reverend Alfred and Borghild Langhough, and their daughter, Aana.
The funeral service for Orville will be held Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, at 11 a.m., at Christ Lutheran Church in Chetek. Visitation will be held at the church beginning at 10 a.m. He will then be laid to rest at the Northern Wisconsin Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Spooner with full military honors. If you are unable to attend, you can listen to the service by calling 1-534-444-2575.
Facial coverings or masks are requested at the church, and everyone is urged to practice the social distancing recommendations provided by the CDC.
The Burnham-Ours-Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Chetek has been entrusted with arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Christ Lutheran Church, 1080 Meilahn Street, Chetek, WI 54728.