Obit: Rev. Burton Lange

Rev. Burton Lange, who spent 40 years pastoring United Brethren churches in Pennsylvania and Virginia, passed away Monday, June 22, 2015. Since 2010, he had served on staff as visitation pastor at Salem UB church in Chambersburg, Pa.

Funeral arrangements are still being made.

Rev. Lange was well-known as an outstanding pianist. He accompanied Tony Fontaine on many of his gospel tours in the 1960s and 1970s, including performing at the White House. Every year at Pennsylvania annual conference, he would entertain people with his playing and his amazing wit.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Esther, and sons Roger and Jerry.

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  • Pastor Craig A. Loewen
    Posted at 10:20h, 23 June

    Burt would also play impromptu duets with Aldean Saufley.

    There were times they would play at Mt. Olivet (Adams County) and the pieces were so beautiful!

    I am not ashamed to say their rendition of Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desire was so moving and so incredible I had tears rolling down my cheeks. Later they told me they improvised it all on the spot.

    THAT, my friends, is rock solid proof that music can be a spiritual gift.

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