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Kenneth (Scot) Forst Lange

November 4, 1931 ~ February 23, 2022 (age 90)

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Kenneth (Scot) Forst Lange, 90, of Atwater, California, passed away peacefully in his home on February 23, 2022.

Ken was born on November 4, 1931, to Otto and Alvina Lange in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After Ken graduated from Washington High School in 1949, he went on to study mathematics at the University of Mississippi.

After graduating from Ole Miss with a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics, he went to Officer Candidate School for the United States Air Force to be an aircraft navigator.  Ken eventually became a B-52 Bombardier Navigator and served faithfully for 20 years. Ken served during the Cuban Missile Crisis, was a veteran of the Vietnam War, and completed his military career as an Instructor Navigator at Castle Air Force Base before retiring. After Ken's military career, he went on to become a mathematics teacher in American Samoa. Ken was later approached by NASA as an experienced navigator and accepted a position as a flight coordinator on their Gerard P. Kuiper Airborne Observatory (KAO) C-141 aircraft. Ken then returned to teaching mathematics in the Stanislaus County School District and retired from Hilmar High School in 1995.

Ken met Patricia Nickell in 1966 and they married at Millington Naval Base in Memphis, Tennessee. Ken had a son, Randy (64), from a previous marriage, in addition to adopting Pat’s son, Chris (61), as his own.  Ken and Pat later had a son together, Karl (51).

After retirement, Ken enjoyed an occasional round of golf, watching his beloved Green Bay Packers on TV, and driving his forest green MG. He eventually connected with the local 'ROMEO' (Real Old Men Eating Out) group of military retirees who met every Wednesday.

Ken was predeceased by father (Otto), mother (Alvina), and brother (Robert). He is survived by wife of 55 years, Patricia (Pat); sons Randy (Karrie), Chris, and Karl; grandchildren Kristen, Emerald, Kurt, and Kallista; and great grandchildren Gage and Campbell; as well as extended family on his brothers’ side.

Military burial services will be held at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery (, on March 18, 2022, at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Merced Hinds Hospice (410 W. Main Street, Suite A, Merced CA 95340,, an organization which helped us out immensely in our time of need, or to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation (

High Flight

by John Gillespie Magee, Jr.

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth

And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;

Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth

Of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things

You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung

High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,

I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung

My eager craft through footless halls of air . . .

Up, up the long, delirious burning blue

I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace

Where never lark, or ever eagle flew —

And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod

The high untrespassed sanctity of space,

Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

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Graveside Service
March 18, 2022

10:30 AM
San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery
32053 West McCabe Road
Santa Nella, CA 95322

Military Honors
March 18, 2022

10:30 AM
San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery, Santa Nella, Ca

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