HIGH SCHOOL CLASS '50 CLASSMATE
CHARLES EDWARD BANGE
Charles E. Bange Funeral Director Charles E. Bange, 68, a retired funeral director who served in the 1970s as vice mayor of Leesburg and president of the Northern Virginia Funeral Directors Association, died of lung cancer May 2 at Inova Alexandria Hospital. He lived in Lake Ridge. Mr. Bange worked for Ives Pearson Funeral Home early in his career and operated Muse, Reed & Bange Funeral Home in Leesburg in the 1970s.
He retired in August after 18 years with Everly Wheatley Funeral Home and worked briefly for Miller Funeral Home in Woodbridge. He was born in Marion, Va., and raised in Brammel, W.Va. He served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War and then graduated from the Cincinnati College of Embalming.
He was a director of the Virginia Funeral Directors Association and a member of Lake Ridge Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses.
His first marriage to Georgia Bange ended in divorce. Survivors include his wife, Shelby D. Bange of Lake Ridge; five stepchildren, L. Dayton Black Jr. and Dana Lynn, both of Lake Ridge, David Black and Dara Black, both of Centreville, and Danielle Hartman of Montclair, Va.; three sisters, Hazel Belcher of Manassas, Carol Baldwin of Princeton, W.Va., and Joan Buchanan of Bluefield, W.Va.; a brother, Roger Bange of Centreville.
"They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.
- Laurence Binyon
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