Larry D. Bangs — Mabel

November 20, 2018

Larry Dean Bangs, age 72, of Mabel, died peacefully Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.

Larry was born April 19, 1946, in Preston to Maloy Sr. and Norma (Vickerman) Bangs. He attended school in Canton and graduated from the Mabel High School in 1964. From 1966 to 1969, he served in the Navy and was an aviation support electrician aboard the USS Enterprise during the Vietnam War. On Aug. 20, 1969, he married Phyllis Moyer at the Henrytown Lutheran Church.

After his discharge from the Navy, he worked for 34 years as a sprinkler fitter for Viking, Olympic and Summit companies and had lived in Mabel, Stewartville and Utica before moving back to the Lanesboro area in 1980. He was a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, hunting morel mushrooms and taking trips to the casino.

Larry is survived by his wife Phyllis of Mabel; a daughter, Sheila (Steve) Melbostad of Mabel; two grandchildren, Nick (Clarissa) Spande and Megan Melbostad, both of Mabel; three sisters, Janice (Wally) Beuch of Menahga, Minn., Linda Benson of Decorah, Iowa, and Julie Bangs of Mabel; sisters-in-law Judith Bangs of Farmington, Minn., Jean Higgenbotham of Calahan, Fla., and Patricia (Robert) Diehlmann of Onalaska, Wis.; mother-in-law, Shirley Holzer of West Salem, Wis.; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Shad Bangs, two brothers Maloy Jr., and Jerome; and a brother-in-law, Henry Higgenbotham.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at the Henrytown Lutheran Church, with a prayer service at 11 a.m.

The Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel is assisting with arrangements.

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