Amel Edward Landgraf Jr., 94, of Blackshear, passed away Friday, December 25, 2020, at his residence.

Born in Garden City, KS July 6, 1926, he had lived in Marietta for many years before moving to Blackshear in 1981. He was a U.S. Army veteran having served during the Korean War and went on to graduate from the University of Colorado with a bachelor of science degree followed by receiving his master’s degree in entomology from Duke University. He retired as assistant area director with the Southeast U.S. Forestry Service and had worked on the “Smokey the Bear” and the “Give a Hoot, Don’t Pollute” campaigns.  Over the years, he spent countless hours fighting governmental and private industries to protect forests. He enjoyed climbing mountains and held the world record for climbing Long’s Peak in Colorado which is over 14,000 feet high. He loved helping others and had sponsored many charities over the years.

He was a son of the late Amel Edward Sr. and Gace Avis Marmon Landgraf. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Mia Katherine Lund Landgraf; his second wife, Dot Daniel Landgraf and by a granddaughter, Kara Brandt.

Survivors include his daughters, Thea Frykman, Marietta and Tana (Pete) Rhodes, Stockbridge; two step-daughters, Marty (Stephen)) Warenfelt, Springfield and Suzanne Thomas, Fernandina Beach, FL; a step-son, Stephen W. (Jan) Corrigan, Savannah; two brothers, Wilbur Landgraf and Norman Landgraf, both of Garden City, KS; four grandchildren, Sean Frykman, Jennifer (Bradley) Herring, Peter D. Rhodes Jr. and Chadwick Rhodes; five great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Due to COVID-19, the family will have a memorial service at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children at or to a veterans organization of the giver’s choosing.

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Pearson-Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

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