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Marshfield man honored posthumously as Friend of Agriculture

Updated: Jun. 4, 2021 at 12:18 PM CDT
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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) - A Town of Marshfield man was honored Friday during Dairyfest’s 40th Dairy Breakfast, for his involvement in the agriculture community.

Jerry ‘Jer’ Lang, 79, was awarded posthumously with the Friend of Agriculture award and the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Marshfield Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Central Wisconsin Agri-Business Committee.

Lang died unexpectedly on April 5, 2021 while tending to a grass fire. Lang’s friends and family said the award couldn’t have gone to a more deserving man.

“He made us all better people. We want to live by his example and honor him in that way,” said Lang’s daughter Dawn Albanito. “It’s going to take 20 people to fill his one pair of shoes.”

Lang’s son, David Lang, spoke about his father’s immense involvement in the entire community.

“Everything that he had a passion for, he went out and strived his best to get other people involved. I know my dad would be really, really thankful for the awards he’s gotten, because of all the hard work. And it has been hard work that he has put into it.”

Both Dawn and David said their dad was very proud of his Guernsey cattle. He was a county fair exhibitor for 65 years. Lang is also Wood County’s longest-serving 4-H leader and was involved with the Junior Dairy Project for over 40 years.

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