Richard Bangs, 1941-2016

Published 9:47 am Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Funeral services for Richard W. Bangs, 75, of Glenville, will be at 11 a.m. Friday at First Lutheran Church in Glenville. The Rev. Nancy Hansen will officiate. Interment will be at Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Online condolences are welcome at

Richard Bangs

Richard Bangs

Richard died Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester.

Richard Walter Bangs was born June 19, 1941, in Albert Lea, the son of Walter and Florence (Gustafson) Bangs. He grew up in Alden and graduated from Alden High School. On Nov. 17, 1962, Richard married Jean Schlehr at United Methodist Church in Alden. Richard was a member of First Lutheran Church in Glenville and served on the church council as a deacon for many years and sang in the choir. He was on the men’s dartball team at First Lutheran. Richard enjoyed putting together jigsaw puzzles, word find and fill-in puzzles, and was a wheat penny collector. He also enjoyed fishing, watching his favorite sports teams — the Twins and the Vikings — listening to polka music and going for walks around town, visiting friends along the way. Richard and Jean were past members of Grape Vine Square Dance Club.

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Richard is survived by his wife, Jean; daughter, Nancy (Earl) Heskett; sons Scott (Darrell), Darren and Timothy (Jennifer); grandchildren Andrew, Jalon, Tyler, Heather, Logan, Lucas, Makaila, Rachel and Lauren; sister, Irene (Daryl) Johnson; brother, David (Marietta) Bangs; sister-in-law, Christine (Steve) Spurr; brother-in-law, Paul Schlehr; and many nieces and nephews.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents Walter and Florence Bangs; father- and mother-in-law Harvey and Lola Schlehr; brother, Donald Bangs; and grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.