March 03, 2018

Kenneth Earl Langston, 84, passed away Friday, February 16, 2018, at his home in O’Fallon, Missouri, in the presence of loved ones.

The youngest of five siblings, Ken was born January 14, 1934, in Cape Girardeau, Missouri to James “Roland” and Stella (Hicklin) Langston of Kennett, Missouri.

Ken met his loving wife of 56 years, Linda Kay Berry, in her hometown of Macon, Missouri, where they married on March 3, 1962.

A U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War era, Ken spent most of his professional career in the business of college textbooks, touching the lives of many during his time managing the bookstore at the University of Missouri Saint Louis (UMSL) from 1975 to 1989, and then as manager of the bookstore at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri, until his retirement in 2000.

A devoted husband, loving father, and friend to many who knew his good nature and wry humor, Ken was fond of boating, spending time at the Lake of the Ozarks with his family, and sipping iced tea on his porch.

Ken is survived by his sister, Wanda (Anton “Barney”) Meiderhoff; wife, Linda; sons, Greg (Michelle) and Jeff (Shana); granddaughter, Destiny; grandsons, Ashton and Jefferson; and great granddaughter, Olivia.

The family will host a Celebration of Life this summer, upon which time Ken’s remains will be buried with military honors at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.