Peter Henry Langmack, 79, of Wading River, N.Y., formerly of Cedar Rapids, passed away Sept. 2, 2016, from complications of open heart surgery.
He is survived by his wife, Judith (formerly Judith Kooser), and son, Eric, both of Wading River; and grandson, Henry of New Suffolk, N.Y.
A longtime resident of Cedar Rapids and member of the business and advertising community, Mr. Langmack was born June 22, 1937, in Wabasha, Minn., and spent most of his childhood years in Algona, Iowa. After graduating from Algona High School, he attended Wooster College in Ohio for two years and then transferred to Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he completed his degree in industrial design. In 1965, he married Judith Kooser and enjoyed 51 wonderful years of marriage.
After college, Mr. Langmack returned to Iowa and worked for Collins Radio in industrial design. He launched his successful career in advertising as a designer, creative director and executive in 1965 when he and two other partners founded Three Arts Advertising. In 1973, Peter founded Hansen and Langmack Advertising, which in 1988, became Henry Russell Bruce, Inc. (HRB). By the time he sold his share of the agency in 1998, HRB had grown to become one of the largest advertising agencies in Iowa and had over 40 employees.
Mr. Langmack had a lifelong passion for golf and was an accomplished player. He and his son, Eric, enjoyed countless hours of playing and practicing golf over the years and made many lifelong friends through his golf. His competitive golf career was highlighted by victories in the 1973 Cedar Rapids City Amateur Championship and the 1980 Elmcrest Country Club Championship. Over his time in Cedar Rapids, Mr. Langmack was a member of the Indian Creek Country Club, Elmcrest Country Club and Cedar Rapids Country Club.
After selling the advertising agency in 1998, Mr. Langmack and his wife moved to Tucson, Ariz. During this period, he focused his design abilities on his pottery. He was skilled in the art of raku pottery and loved the variety of aesthetics involved with the glazing process. He exhibited his pottery in numerous shows and was proud that many people purchased his pottery for their homes.
In 2006, Peter and Judy moved to Wading River, N.Y., to be closer to their son, Eric. Their grandson, Henry, was born in 2007 and Peter was blessed to spend many hours playing and cuddling with him.
A memorial service will be held at a later date in Cedar Rapids.