Saturday, Apr 20, 2019

Daniel Langhans

09/20/1929 - 02/24/2015

Daniel Langhans, Harvard, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, at his home.

He was born Sept. 20, 1929, to Kuno and Inger (Hansen) Langhans in Chicago.

He married Marie Ogren in October 1950.

He graduated from Lane Tech High School in Chicago. He served in the U.S. Army as a military policeman. He was a successful carpenter contractor for many years.

He and his wife lived in Morton Grove where he began dog training in 1961. He joined the English Springer Spaniel Club and started to run his dogs in licensed trials in 1963. They moved their Dansmirth’s Kennels (meaning Dan’s Joy) to Spring Grove in 1971 before making a permanent move to the Leprechaun Farm in Harvard in 1978.

In 1973, he turned professional, training his own dogs and dogs of many clients around the country. Through the years of dog training, he won nine national championships, more than any one has earned to date. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in LaGrange, Tenn., in 2000.

For more than 50 years, he did what he loved. His wife and their dogs were his life. They have many dear friends throughout the U.S., Canada and England.

He also served on the Mercy Harvard Hospital Board of Directors for 16 years.

Survivors include his wife; three nieces, Linda (Richard) Schwartzhoff, Arlington Heights, Lori (Richard) Blum, Skokie, and Candace (John) Donnellan, Spring Grove; and great-nieces and -nephews, Cristy, Stefanie, Shauna (Jesse), Kailey, John, Matthew, James, Casey and Ryan.

He was preceded in death by his father, and his mother, Inger (Hansen) Johnson.

Memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718;   or to the English Springer Spaniel Club of the Central States.