Karl Lang, founder of Thermco Systems sadly passes away aged 100 years

Karl Lang
Karl Lang was born in West Bend, WI on April 5, 1913 and passed away on April 7, 2013. Karl generously and kindly watched over all his family and friends. After attending Marquette University in Wisconsin, he began his career in electrical engineering with Lindberg Engineering in Chicago, IL. He had several patents under his name and founded his own company, Thermco Products Corp. in Orange, CA. He sold his company to Sunbeam and was an executive vice president on the Sunbeam board. In 1982, Karl was honoured in the electrical engineering industry with the well recognized SEMMY award for wafer fabrication for pioneering systems approach to diffusion furnaces during the mid 1960′s. Karl’s achievements led to systems that offered greater throughput, higher yields, process repeatability and reduced operator error. Together, Karl and his wife, Verna, enjoyed time spent at their 600 acre cattle ranch in Cottonwood, CA managed by son, Steve and his wife, Diane. Karl’s business ventures branched into a business of raising and breeding appaloosa horses on the Lang Ranch in Shingle Springs, CA, which was managed by his sons, Steve and Jim. Many happy times have been spent by all family members at the ranch sitting under the oak trees beside Lang Lake. All our memories will forever be held in our hearts for all the good times family had because of our loving father. Karl celebrated his 100th birthday on April 5, 2013 and he passed away on April 7, 2013. He was a member of the Long Beach Yacht Club since 1967. Karl is survived by his loving wife of 74 years, Verna Lang; daughter, Judy Trossen (Ken); son, Paul Lang; sister, Kathryn Lang; grandchildren, Tom, Sandy, Chris, Matt, Amber, Mike, Dave, John, Jenny, Jackie, Christina, Cheryl, Carol, Jessica and Jason; and 28 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sons, Dick Lang in 1976, Steve Lang in 2001 and Jim Lang in 2010. His funeral was held on April 11, 2013 at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Seal Beach where he was a member of the Knights of Columbus. Please sign the guestbook at www.presstelegram.com/obituaries.
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