John Patrick “Big John” Langford, a trustee on the UAW Local 2250 Executive Board, passed away peacefully at home on Nov. 11, 2021 at age 61
In addition to serving as a trustee, Brother Langford was an active union member and well known at the Wentzville GM Assembly plant for his generosity and kindness to those in need. He was a proud member of the United Auto Workers for 37 years.
“His heart was bigger than his chest, and I’m so grateful to have known him,” said Shawn Jennings Kohrs-Davis, Local 2250 vice president. “It was an honor to stand next to him on our E-board. His passion for the union has always been a vocal one and he always spoke his mind and stood up for what he believed in.”
Brother Langford was also a proud Army veteran and served his country with integrity and a heart of gold. He was loved by his community and was the kind of man that would give you the shirt off his back. Even when he had nothing, he wanted to help those around him.
Brother Langford loved his family wholeheartedly and was incredibly proud of his children and grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by his family and the community. He was a dear friend to many, made a huge impact on many lives, and will never be forgotten.
Brother Langford was born March 10, 1960 to Lawrence “Larry” and Stella Langford in St. Louis, where he spent most of his life.
He is survived by his son, Zachary Langford; two daughters, Emily (Joseph) Poplawski and Shelby Langford; four grandchildren, Sophie, Thea, John Sawyer and Maximus; and his siblings Linda (Robert) Jackson, Anthony (Gina) Langford, Kevin (Carol) Langford, Jim (Peggy) Langford, Karen (Roy) Thompson, Jean (Chuck) Whelehon, Mary (Tom) Peters, and Judy (Jim) Briscoe. He was a loving uncle and has many nieces and nephews who will greatly miss him.
A memorial service was held Nov. 23, 2021 at Kutis Funeral Home in Affton followed by interment at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.