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Tom Lange VP dies

06/25/2013 03:08:00 PM
Andy Nelson

mike smith mugSmithMike Smith, executive vice president of the Tom Lange Co., died June 23 of lung cancer. He was 69.

After a 13-year career in banking, Smith joined Springfield, Ill.-based Tom Lange in 1980 as a financial officer, according to a company news release.

Before serving as executive vice president, Smith worked as Lange’s secretary and treasurer.

“Over the course of 32 years with the company, his leadership and vision helped shape the company we all share today,” Phil “Rock” Gumpert, Lange’s chairman and chief executive officer, said in the release. “As important as leadership and vision is, it was Mike’s friendship and compassion that we will all miss the most. Mike lived and worked with a great sense of caring for all those around him.”

Lange’s assistant vice president, Becky Wilson, praised Smith for his influence on younger employees.

“I was so fortunate to have been mentored by Mike and supported by him for my 22-year career at Lange,” Wilson said in the release. “He was a tremendous influence in both my professional and personal life and I will miss him greatly.”

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Michael Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund, Blessed Sacrament School, 748 W. Laurel, Springfield, Ill., 62704.

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Doug McManus    
Phoenix AZ  |  June, 25, 2013 at 08:52 PM

I was very blessed to have known and worked with Mike Smith. Mike first was a man of faith, A wonderful Husband to Nancy and great father to all his children. He was one of those rare people who you could say nothing but good things about. He was always of good spirit!. I remember a time when he had dinner with our family. He was that kind of guy! You worked with him and he was your friend! He will be missed.

Patricia Rynn    
Newport Beach  |  June, 26, 2013 at 11:18 AM

I have been fortunate to have known and worked with Mike Smith for over two decades. He was a natural leader in his company and within the industry and he could always be counted upon to conduct business with honor and integrity. He had a wicked sense of humor and his warmth and friendship made me feel like I was somehow part of his big Irish Catholic family. He was one of a kind and he will be sorely missed by the many who knew and loved him. If you turn an ear to the sky you may hear the faint but familiar notes of the Notre Dame Victory March from above the clouds. Mike will most assuredly transform all of the angels into rabid fans of the Fighting Irish...

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