Louis J. Langhauser

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HEBRON – Louis Joseph Langhauser, 90, of Hebron, died peacefully at home on June 27.

He was born on Aug. 16, 1916, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the only son of John Phillip and Elizabeth Platz Langhauser. Inspired as a youth by Lindberg’s historic flight from nearby Roosevelt Field, he broke with the family tradition of baking, and enrolled in Roosevelt’s Aircraft Mechanic School. There he met a secretary named Daisy Black, who took pity on the poor student by giving him a lift. The two were married just before World War II, despite capsizing in a sailboat on their first date.

Lou began his career at Grumman Aircraft, where he built amphibious aircraft, and with the advent of World War II, supervised 3,000 men making fighter planes for the Navy. The F-11 Tomcat was another major project that he supervised. The 1960s brought his career into one of Grumman’s space programs, the Orbiting Astronomical Observatory.

The Langhausers had moved their family to Greenport, Long Island, to take advantage of the great sailing nearby and he opted for early retirement to more thoroughly indulge his love of sailing.

Inspired by Daisy’s painting, the Langhausers also opened a gallery and framing shop. He moved to Maine in pursuit of even better sailing waters after the passing of his wife, running an antiques and framing business in Oxford and purchasing a home in Hebron. The move to Hebron was especially fortuitous, as it was there he met Jean Burnham, his companion of 14 years. Together they sailed and traveled the world. He was recently predeceased by Jean Burnham.

He is survived by two sons, Thomas John and Louis James.

His family wishes to thank Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice and the wonderful friends and neighbors who allowed Lou to fulfill his wish to be at home.

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