Myron Milton Langhoff, 86, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, passed away on June 22, 2023, at the Davis Hospice Center with his family surrounding him with love. Myron was born on January 7, 1937, in Wausau, Wisconsin to George and Nora Janssen Langhoff. He had two older sisters, Marcella and Virginia, and a younger sister Betty.
Myron grew up in Wausau and worked on the family’s dairy farm where they cleared the land and farmed. Besides farming their land, they also worked at a sawmill in which they milled lumber for most of the homes in that area. Myron attended school at Zion Lutheran School before going to Wausau High School. Myron was a member of the FFA and [because they were unusual and a unique breed] he chose to raise and show Corriedale sheep.
In January 1955 he enlisted in the Air Force, as a navigation bomb specialist. After basic training Myron attended tech school at Lowry AFB in Denver, Colorado. There he met his future wife, Nancy Lee Smith, from Englewood, Colorado. Myron and Nancy were married on July 23, 1956, in Minnesota. After graduation from tech school, Myron continued as an instructor, and in July 1957 his son Michael was born.
Myron was transferred to Chanute AFB, Illinois, where he became an instructor on the AGM-28 Hound Dog missile. In 1960 his daughter Nita was born.
In early 1962 he drove a buddy to the testing for a special Air Force program designed to allow young noncoms who were not college graduates an opportunity to attend Officer Candidate School. A faculty member told Myron to take the test while he was waiting. His buddy didn’t make the cut, but Myron scored exceptionally well and was offered the opportunity to attend OCS. Myron accepted and attended OCS at Lackland AFB, in San Antonio, Texas, where he was commissioned as an Officer. Myron was assigned to Little Rock AFB, Arkansas, where he was part of the first group of crews that installed the underground Titan 1 missile. Robert was born in 1962 while Myron was stationed in Arkansas.
Myron’s next assignment was at McCoy AFB, near Orlando, Florida, where he worked on the Mace missile system. While on temporary duty at Vandenberg AFB, California, he was part of two test launches of a Titan 1 missile. For one of these test launches, Myron was one member of a two-man crew to turn the key for the test launch [a real-life adventure]. In 1965, Myron and his family were transferred to Bitburg Air Base, Bitburg, West Germany. There Myron and his family enjoyed RVing all over Europe.
Myron’s last assignment returned him to Little Rock AFB where he was Officer In Charge of missile maintenance. Myron retired in 1975 and moved with his family to Loveland, Colorado. Myron opened a couple of 7-11 stores in Loveland and Fort Collins. Later, he became a bus driver for the Thompson School District and eventually became the Director of Transportation from 1975 to 1977. After that Myron moved on to a new career with the US Postal Service as a rural route mail carrier and worked there from 1977 to 1997. In 1995, Myron’s loving wife, Nancy, succumbed to cancer. Myron married Denise McHugh of Ault, Colorado, in Loveland, Colorado, on January 7, 1996, and they were later divorced.
After retiring from the US Postal Service in 1997, Myron fulfilled one of his lifelong dreams by purchasing a bowling center. Langhoff Enterprises, LLC purchased 2 Bar Bowl in Cheyenne, Wyoming, with 24 bowling lanes, a pro shop, a restaurant and bar and package liquor store. He loved this family business and was very happy his two sons and their families joined him when each retired from the Air Force.
Myron enjoyed sports, playing baseball, softball, golf, and bowling. Myron won numerous awards in the Senior Olympics in horseshoes, bowling and billiards. He and Nancy were active members of Zion Lutheran Church in Loveland. Myron loved to perform in and to direct plays with the Loveland Community Theater, especially those in which his daughter Nita acted and directed. Myron was secretary for the Loveland Bowling Association. Myron loved small stakes gaming and he traveled to casinos in Colorado and Wyoming. Myron had luck in winning [according to him] most of the time. Myron’s biggest love was his family - celebratory gatherings, grandkids, and trips were always a special time for him.
Myron was preceded in death by his parents George and Nora; wives Nancy and Denise; sisters Marcella and Betty; and stepson Shaun McHugh. Myron is survived by: his sons, Michael (Sue) Langhoff and Robert (Vicki) Langhoff of Cheyenne; daughter, Nita (Randolph) Starr of Loveland, Colorado; grandchildren, Michael Jr. (Winter) Langhoff, Elizabeth Langhoff, Brianna (Jimmy) Harwell, Brandon Langhoff, Lindsey (Brian) Starr Murry, and Andrea (Dave) Starr Fischer; and great-grandchildren; Andrew Harwell, Dylan Langhoff, Damien Harwell, Emelia Harwell, Evan Harwell, and Olivia Murry. He is also survived by his faithful dogs, Molly and Abby.
Services will be held at Schrader, Aragon & Jacoby Funeral Home, 2222 Russell Avenue, Cheyenne, WY 82001, on July 7, 2023, at 11:30 a.m. with a reception following. Burial will occur at 2:00 p.m. at the Cheyenne National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Myron Langhoff Youth Bowling Fund, ℅ 2 Bar Bowl, 700 East Carlson Avenue, Cheyenne, WY 82009.