NORTH LIBERTY - Troy Louis Langos was born September 17, 1971, the son of Kathy Langos and Joseph Lewis. He graduated from Johnston High School, Buena Vista University with a Bachelors of Arts Degree, and he received his Masters Degree from the University of Iowa. Troy was united in marriage on July 5, 2001, to Karen Bailey. They made their home in the Iowa City and North Liberty communities. Troy was a social studies and history teacher at West High in Iowa City, where he also coached wrestling and girls soccer. He had a love of music and enjoyed sharing his musical talents. He also loved to laugh and made others laugh as well. Troy died on Friday, June 19, 2020, at Parkview Manor in Wellman, Iowa, following a long illness at the age of 48 years.
Troy is survived by his wife Karen of North Liberty; a daughter, Bailey; his parents, Joseph Lewis and Kathy Langos of Pleasant Hill; a brother, Shane (Lori) Langos of Urbandale; and 2 nephews, Mitchell and Chase Langos. He was preceded in death by his grandparents.
There will be no visitation or services. In lieu of flowers, gifts of love and friendship may be directed to the Iowa City Community School District Foundation, www.iccsdfoundation.org Cremation rites have been entrusted to the Yoder-Powell Funeral Home in Kalona.
Steve and I were so sorry to hear of your loss. We’re thinking of your family at this difficult time.
Steve & Wendy Juhlin
Kathy, We want to express our sympathy and let you know that our thoughts are with you. We are so sorry for your loss.
Your friends at ESCO Group
Oh Kathy and Joe and all the family, how can we find mere words to express our sympathy at this time of Troy's homegoing. Death may steal from us the ones we love but followers of Christ know the separation is only temporary. Because Jesus lives, we shall live also. I remember what a great get away to Canada our families had together. Troy was such a great fisherman and camp cook with his Dad. And we thank him for his music he left for us to enjoy and be encouraged by. We will miss Troy's earthly presence but know There's no better place than in his Saviors everlasting arms for eternity. God saw him getting tired and a cure was not to be. So He put His arms around him and whispered "Come with Me"
With tearful eyes we watched him suffer and saw him fade away. Although he was loved so dearly we could not make him stay. A golden heart stopped beating... once hard working hands at rest, God broke our hearts to prove Only He knows whats for our best. We are so comforted to know we will see him in glory all new and ready to live fully for Christ forever in eternity. Thank you God for Troy's life here so well lived.
Matthew 11:28 is real for him now! Come to me, all who are weary and heavy- laden, and I will give you rest. Matt.11:28.... In Jesus loving embrace, Don and Betty Richards
Coach Langos changed my life. He believed in me before I did. I’ll never forget what he did for me as a wrestler but more importantly as a man. He tried to teach me what it was to follow God but unfortunately I wasn’t ready to receive that gift. I’ll never forgot the mentor he was and how he never gave up on me finding the right path. I only regret I never got to share with him the strong faith I’ve developed over time and that I owe all that to him. Love you Goose! I’m a better man because of you!
Karen and Bailey, I an so sorry to hear of Troy's passing. I have several great stories that included him as the centerpiece and I knew that he was beloved by many of his West students, including the girls soccer players that we worked together with. I know the road was not an easy one to travel, but I also know there were many joyful moments that he experienced with both of you along his journey. You both are in our thoughts. Dave, Ella and Samuel Rosenthal
Troy was a big influence Billy,James,&Ryan Duree s lives . our prayers are with the family . God bless
Troy was a fine example of a truly godly man. I wholly agree with a statement from his book, Growing Up: "I take joy in the fact that I have been a stronger, more effective witness for God from my wheelchair than I ever was out of it." Now our dear brother, who always knew that "To live is Christ, to die is gain," he has gained the prize for which he was confident his whole adult life, to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Karen & Bailey
I am so sorry and sad to hear this! I enjoyed Troy's friendship at West High and the fun we had. I have his book and his CD. I know you have wonderful memories that I hope bring you smiles and peace. Hugs to your family.
Loved serving with Troy on the Heritage Christian School Board. Very kind man with a heart for Christ. Very sorry for your loss Langos family. Well done good and faithful servant.
Heard news today and am truly saddened. Grew up with Troy and have many great memories as a kid. Some people make lasting impact in ones life, and that was Troy. Will keep everyone in our prayers and so sorry for your loss.
Rest in His Arms, Troy. Love and prayers to Troy’s family. May God’s grace be your peace and the promise of resurrection life your comfort.
I have fond memories of both Troy and Karen from Grace Community Church. I still have my copy of Troy's "Born Again" CD and his songs come up in my playlist rotation. I am grateful he belonged to the LORD and his suffering is ended.
As I know from my high school years. Mr. Langos is a positive person in my life. We got along. We laughed. And I learned. It hurts to hear of a mentor passing so soon. But his life will be remembered. High School was crazy....but mentors like Langos made it positive and fruitful. I have a message for Langos: Thank You for showing me compassion even if I'm not socially favored among my peers. Human compassion is what you showed me. I have grown as a person because of you. Thank You.
I do not remember most of my high school teachers. You are an exception, because of your kindness.
So sorry to hear of Troy's passing! We went to elementary school together clear through Junior High until he transferred to Johnston. I was just cleaning out totes this past month and found all kinds of pictures through the years and then his last day at SEP. He was a great guy and I was lucky enough to run into him at a high school wrestling meet years ago in Iowa City. My thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family. Prayers of peace as he is no longer suffering. Amy Ferguson (Hansen)
I’m so sorry to hear about Troy. I have so many wonderful memories growing up with him in Altoona, he was one of my first friends and his mom babysat us for years. He will never be forgotten. Sending love and prayers to his family.
Karen, our deepest sympathy and continued prayers to you and Bailey in the loss of Troy. Praise God he suffers no more. Steve and Linda Jenkins
Troy "Goose" was a wonderful person and inspired so many with his music, teaching and coaching. I regret not spending more time with him these last 15 years. No longer in pain and dealing with the suffering of a progressive disease. Cheers Goose!
Troy, your class was one of the best in high school. You offered opportunities for so to explore, question and dig deeper in the religions of the world, and you did so in a way that was inviting and transformative. Thank you for sharing your love of music and learning with us all.
Troy , here's to the SPIRIT CLUB and MERENGUE Lessons at West High in the late 1990's. We had so much fun organizing pep rallies and I could always count on you to add craziness and fun to the pep rally events in the gym. You were always so upbeat and friendly and you could dance a wicked merengue! Rest in Peace, my friend.
What a fun teacher! The only one I've ever seen to do The Worm in front of the entire school body. A talented musician as well. He will be missed.
Troy, You was a great role model to all of us at West High. I will always remember how you would make people laugh and there wasn't a student that you didn't say hi to in the hall.
Troy, as a teacher I will always remember your smile and positivity. You were a positive role model for me during my time at Iowa City West. You will be missed.
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