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Cortland "Cort" Langdon, 86

Angels came early Tuesday morning, February 26, 2008, and carried away our dear Cortland "Cort" Langdon, age 86, to the place where only angels dwell.

Angels came early Tuesday morning, February 26, 2008, and carried away our dear Cortland "Cort" Langdon, age 86, to the place where only angels dwell.

Memorial Services will be 11:00 am, Monday, March 3, 2008 at the Cease Family Funeral Home in Bemidji, MN with Rev. Kent Dudley officiating. Interment will be at the Greenwood Cemetery in Bemidji, MN under the direction of the Cease Family Funeral Home of Bemidji.

He was born on August 10, 1921, in Bemidji, MN the son of Fred W. and Glennie (Dolton) Langdon.

He was a 1939 graduate of Bemidji High School. He attended Grinnell College, and the University of North Dakota, where he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity. He enlisted in the Navy in 1942, and married Jean Marcum, November 25, 1942. In 1944, the Navy assigned him to the Marine Corps as a Navy Combat Corpsman with the Second Marine Division in the Pacific. He served with the Second on Saipan, the invasion of Okinawa, and the occupation of Nagasaki, Japan. He received an honorable discharge in 1945, and enlisted in the Naval Reserve, receiving an honorable discharge in 1951. In 1947, James Forrestal, Secretary of the Navy, awarded him a citation for service to the US Naval Reserve.

On return to civilian life, he joined the family-owned business, the Bemidji Distributing Company. In 1947, they opened the Langdon Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company, now Nei Bottling. In 1992, he retired after 47 years of business in Bemidji.

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In 1959, he was President of the Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce. In the 1950s he served as a Beltrami County Deputy Coroner, under Coroner Bennett Olson. He was appointed by Governor Elmer R. Anderson, to the Mississippi River Parkway Planning Commission in 1964. In 1980, he was president of the Minnesota Beer Wholesalers Association. He was appointed to serve on the advisory council for the Minnesota Association of Commerce and Industry, the state's largest business lobby organization in 1985. He was co-chairman of the Freedom Defender's Veteran's Memorial.

He was a member of the Masons, Eagles, American Legion, and a life member of the Shrine, VFW, Marine Corps League, Elks, Beltrami Humane Society and the Minnesota Territorial Pioneers. His interests were Bemidji history, photography, archaeology, genealogy, and model railroading.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Jean Langdon of Bemidji; Daughters, Brooke Langdon of Chatsworth, CA; Marsha Langdon of Rochester, MN; Grandchildren, Courtney Langdon of Simi Valley, CA, Christian Chekel of Chatsworth, CA, And Sam, his cat.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Wayne.

In lieu of flowers, Memorials are preferred to the Beltrami County Humane Society.

--Paid obituary

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