Gary started his career in funeral service in 1967 with Hansen Funeral Home of Kenosha. In 1972, he moved his family to Racine to work for Jerome Draeger. Gary became a partner with Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home in 1977. In 1991 he purchased the funeral home and became the sole proprietor. His second son, Michael came to work with his father in 1991 and his eldest son, Brian joined the funeral home in 1993 and Mark in 2010. Gary has served as both a former board member and past officer, including president of the Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association. He has also worked as a liaison with the National Funeral Directors Association and currently with the State of Wisconsin Cremation Board. Gary has been married to his wife of 50 years, Mary Sue. Together they have three sons and their wives, Brian, Michael and Leigh Ann and Mark and Alison. They also have four grandchildren; Mallory, Lucy, Andrew and Adam.
Brian has lived in Racine for most of his life. He graduated from Park High School in 1987, UW Madison in 1991 and Worhsam College of Mortuary Science of Chicago in 1995. Brian joined the family business in 1993 and became a licensed funeral director in 1995.
Mark was born and raised in Racine. He graduated from Park High School in June 1992. He attended University of Wisconsin – Madison where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Bacteriology in May 1997. In April 2008, Mark received his Master’s degree in Computer Information Systems from the University of Phoenix. Mark was employed as a Senior Systems Analyst with Abbott Laboratories Diagnostics Division for 13 years until he resigned to join the family firm in March of 2010. Mark received his Associate’s degree in Funeral Service from MATC in August 2011 and became a licensed funeral director in October 2011. Mark lives with his wife, Alison, in Trevor, WI, on the east side of Camp Lake.
Funeral Director and Co-Crematory Manager
Ashley, born and raised in Racine, is a 2001 graduate of Walden High School. She began working at Draeger-Langendorf in 2008 and began to pursue her career in funeral service, graduating from MATC in 2011. She is a funeral director working as an embalmer and she enjoys cosmetizing. She lives with her two sons, Dane and Gage and daughter, Vada.
William J. Althaus
Bill Althaus is a lifetime resident of Kenosha. He is a 1978 graduate of St. Joseph High School. Licensed as a funeral director in 1981, he began his career with the Draeger Funeral Home. Bill has been involved in his community for many years as a Board member of Kenosha Rotary West, Kenosha Lions Club, St. Joseph High School, Kenosha Library Foundation, as well as Kenosha Family and Aging services. He continues to serve his church community, St. Mary Catholic Church in Kenosha as a Cantor. “I am so proud and honored to end my career with the Langendorf family whom I have respected and loved my entire career”.
Apprentice and Co-Crematory Manager
Leigh Ann Langendorf
Apprentice and Staff Support
Jerome Draeger – Funeral Director Emeritus
Paul Schaefer, Adam Chalekian, Jeff Hanson, George Wanggaard, Ricky Moore, Kathy Anderson, Felicia Boyd, Bruce Koellner, Betty Goodwin, Tony Burchyett, Krisse Therkelson, Julaine Rosinski, Craig Welch, Phil Anderson, Adam Langendorf, Frank Bisotti, Steve Turner, and Jack Hamm