Funerals Begin for North Iowa Helicopter Crash Victims, Public Memorial Set

Posted at: 01/07/2013 11:20 AM
Updated at: 01/07/2013 11:27 AM

(ANC 6 NEWS) -- Members of the Mercy Air Med flight team who died in a crash last week are being laid to rest.

Services for Shelly "Shell" Lair-Langenbau, 44, were held Monday morning at Holy Family Church in Mason City.

The Hanlontown native had worked at Mercy Medical Center North Iowa for 15 years.

Lair-Langenbau is survived by her husband, Worth County Sheriff Jay Langenbau and their two children.

Russell Piehl, 48, was the paramedic on board that flight.

The Forest City man worked for Mercy Medical Center North Iowa for the last five years.

A funeral for Piehl will be held Tuesday in Forest City and Wednesday in Denver, IA.

Over the course of the last 30 years, Piehl worked at various ambulance services across the state of Iowa, also as the Director of EMS Services in Algona.

He later became the EMS Manager for training and education at North Iowa Area Community College.

He was also a current member of the Forest City Ambulance Service.

Gene Grell, 53, was the the pilot of the helicopter that crashed.

He worked for Med-Trans Corporation, the company who operated the helicopter.

Funeral plans for the Texas native are not available.

A public memorial for the three victims will also be held this week in Mason City.

The Memorial Service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Thursday at the North Iowa Auditorium at NIACC.