The Washington Times-Herald


June 21, 2014

Dr. Robert Rang

Oct. 22, 1916 - June 17, 2014


He was a past president of the Washington Community Association which later became the Washington Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Rang served as a lay minister for 19 years in the Episcopal Church at St. John’s in Washington. He had also preached at St. Michael and All Angels Church in Evansville and the Community Church at Crane.

In 1988 Dr. Rang received the Sagamore of the Wabash Award from Governor Robert Orr. The term ‘sagamore’ was used by American Indian tribes of the Northeastern United States to mean ‘lesser chief’ or ‘great man’ among the tribe to whom the chief could look for wisdom. At the time it was the highest award a governor could give to a private citizen.

Dr. Rang was a member of the BPO Elks, Moose, FOP, American Legion, VFW, Washington Conservation Club, F&A Mason, Scottish Rite and Hadi Temple of the Shrine. He was a member of the Washington Community Theater and played several singing leading and supporting roles. He was known for his beautiful tenor voice and played the role of Nicodemus for several years in “The Promise,” a local Easter production of churches when he was in his eighties.

He is survived by two sons, Dr. James A. (Julie) Rang of Newburgh, Dr. Stuart (Peggy) Miles of Prospect, Kentucky; two daughters, Mrs. Elizabeth (Lester) Rang Holcomb of Edgartown, Massachusetts, Holly Rang of Ashland City, Tennessee; grandchildren, Jacob (Mela) Holcomb of Honolulu, Hawaii, Kate Holcomb of New Orleans, Louisiana, Dr. Alex (Laura) Rang of Evansville, Eric Rang of Evansville, Madison Miles of Prospect, Amythest Rang of Ashland City, David Rang of Ashland City; great-grandchildren, Auggie and Hank Rang of Evansville; and a niece and two nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Arthur and Gladys Rang; two children, Roberta Carol Rang and John Robert Rang; and a sister, Barbara Rang Schafer.

Visitation will be a Gill’s Funeral Home from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Service will be at St. John’s Episcopal Church at 11:30 a.m. Monday, the Rev. Dennis Latta officiating, with visitation beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the church. Rite of Burial will follow at St. John’s Cemetery. There will be a Celebration of Life at the family home after the burial.

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