Frederick James Langland, age 85, born the eldest of 4 children to Helene (Klekoda) and Frederick W. Langland and lived in Grand Rapids his whole life. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife’s parents; his sisters, Karel McCloskey, and Phyllis Shepard; as well as many aunts and uncles. Fred became a salesman right after high school and was a route salesman for 30 years with Payette Distribution. He continued in retail sales with 2 different companies. After first retirement in 2001 he then retired again working part-time at Forest Hills Foods. Fred is survived by his wife of 61 ½ years, Dian (LeVoncher) Langland. He was the proud father of Laura (Dan) Klein, and “Rick” Frederick Langland; and a doting grandfather to Paul (Jennifer) Klein, Sarah (Kendal) Kelley. He loved seeing his great-grandchildren Shealynn and Bryce Klein. Also left to mourn are his brother, David (Rebeccah) Langland, sister-in-law, Gay Steffen; brother-in-law, Pat McCloskey; and many loved nieces and nephews. Fred was known to have found many stray animals who became family members. He proudly served in the army from Nov. 1959-Feb. 1962. His service was extended for 3 months due to the Berlin Crisis. Fred also was stationed in Greenland driving big trucks that supplied the air force base. He called it “good duty”. He was one of a kind. The family would like to extend their gratitude to Mercy Health clinicians who helped Fred, and to the Kentwood fire, police, and ambulance crews who worked so hard. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Human Society of West Michigan, 3077 Wilson NW Grand Rapids, MI 49534. Visitation will be 2-4 pm Saturday, February 5, 2002, at O’Brien-Eggebeen-Gerst Chapel, 3980 Cascade Rd. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 with a rosary service at 3:30 pm.