William Joseph Lang

william lang

December 10, 1933 ~ June 13, 2020

Born in: St. Joseph, IL
Resided in: Stone Mountain, GA

William Joseph Lang “Bill”, age 86, leaped over to be with his Savior on Saturday, June 13th. He resided in Stone Mountain, Georgia, and previously in the Champaign and Chicago area in Illinois, but he was always eager to live in the kingdom of God. Bill studied this earth through his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois, his master’s degree through the University of Arizona, and his doctorate degree in geology from the University of Illinois. He went on to serve as an independent mineral consultant and expert witness for cases involving the US Department of Justice. He valued justice for people in difficult situations. He developed the companies of Strata Power and Soil Probe. With a friend, Bill founded Aid for Women in Aurora, IL. Each venture was with a heart for service. He used his own resources to receive people displaced by war. With his creative and industrious nature, over a dozen patents were granted throughout his life. Bill is preceded in death by his daughter, Marci Penosky, his parents, Mae and John Lang, his brothers, Bob and Dave Lang, and by his sister, Mary Lois Jacobs. Bill is survived by his loving wife, Joy (Smebakken) Lang, his daughter, Stephanie (David) Palusky, his son-in-heart Mickey (Laura) Penosky, his daughter Jenni (Gunnar) Dunlap, his daughter Rachel (Andrew) Simpson, and his son John Lang. Bill was blessed with many grandchildren; Lydia Penosky, Amanda Palusky, Josiah Palusky, Annika Dunlap, Emily Dunlap, Max Dunlap, Liberty Penosky, Daniel Penosky, Patrick Penosky, and Dawn Penosky. In addition to his natural children, he welcomed into his family Ping Tan and the Lay family, whom he and Joy sponsored from Cambodia in 1979. The burial is scheduled as a family service on Wednesday, June 17th at Georgia National Cemetery with military honors in Canton, Georgia. A larger memorial service will be held at Renew Outreach Center in Stone Mountain, Georgia at a later date. We warmly appreciate the love and support from friends and loved ones.


Graveside Service: June 17, 2020 10:30 am - 11:00 am

Georgia National Cemetery
1080 Scott Hudgens Dr.
Canton, GA 30114


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  1. Dear Aunt Joy and family, Our hearts are saddened at the loss of Uncle Bill. He was such a force for good in this world, he will be missed by so many, You are in our thoughts and prayers today and we hope to share in his memorial in the future. With love from the Schemeck family.

  2. CandleImageAunt Joy, Our thoughts and hearts are with you and the family during this sad time. Bill was always kind and loving and he will be missed by us all. His belief in God never wavered, and there is no doubt in my mind that he is beside the Lord along with Marcie now. I can only imagine him there with a smile as I rarely ever saw him with a frown. Love you all, from our family.

  3. Aunt Joy and All,
    You are such a wonderful family. I hope your sorrow is mended by the knowledge that Bill made so many of us happy. Right now I am sad but tomorrow and then the day after I will always be able to say to people that I truly knew a kind, decent and giving man who showed me how to live a life dedicated to service of God. I am along ways from emulating his example but I can claim I don’t know the way. Thinking of each and every one of you. Wish I could give you all a big hug.

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  5. I knew Bill , from purchasing the geoprobe he had down in Florida. He was always helpful getting me started in and very interesting person, I will miss him

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