Maurice Allan (Maury) Lange, 68, of Grandview, a giving man of God, a faithful husband and a loving father went home to be with his Lord on Sunday, June 14, 2009.

He was born May 13, 1941 in Grandview to Gilmer and Audrey Lange.

He graduated from Grandview High school in 1959.

He met Gretchen Baker at Washington State University and they married on June 16, 1962.

Maury then graduated from the University of Washington and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Air Force.

Maury served in the U.S. Air Force from 1967 to 1977 as a pilot; primarily "Huey" helicopters and B52's. His decorations for his service in Vietnam from 1969 to 1970 include the Distinguished Flying Cross. As a Huey pilot he proudly belonged to the 20th Special Operations Squadron, the "Green Hornets".

He worked in the Washington D.C. region from 1977 to 1984 and then the family moved back to Grandview, where he worked in real estate until he retired in the 90's.

He was active with the community, Salvation Army, Gideons, the Hispanic community, Bethany Presbyterian Church, the "Save the Montagnard People" campaign (the native mountain people of Vietnam), and the Mabton VFW.

He was an active gardener, storyteller and humanitarian.

Maury loved and was very proud of his family and enjoyed being with friends.

They have four children, son, Mark and Angela Lange and grandchildren, Marshall, Samantha, and Jonathan; son, Dennis and Soari Lange; son, Kurt and Tina Lange and granddaughter, Kendra; daughter, Sarah and Gale Owsley and granddaughters, Taylor, Kacey, Carolyn and Paris; a brother, Gene (Carol) Lange of Sunnyside; a sister, Debi (Jim) Foster of Grandview; and several nieces and nephews.

His family would like to thank the staff and especially the nurses of Yakima Valley Regional ICU for the care they provided.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, June 20, 2009, at 1 p.m. at Bethany Presbyterian Church in Grandview. A private family inurnment service will be held at Grandview Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor his memory are encouraged to contribute to "Young Life Lower Valley" or to the Bethany Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund.

Those wishing to share their memories or sign Maury's online memorial book may do so at

Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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