Oliver “Ollie” Kenneth Bangs

Oliver “Ollie” Kenneth Bangs, age 80 of Spring Grove, passed away Sat. Sept. 1, 2012 at William S. Middleton Veterans Administration Hospital in Madison Wis. from complications after surgery.

He was born on November 23, 1931 in Spring Grove, Minn. to Oliver H. and Tilda O. (Lunde) Bangs. He and his siblings were raised in a loving Lutheran home rich in Norwegian heritage.

Ollie was a 1950 Spring Grove High School graduate. After graduating he served in the United States Army from Nov. 7, 1952 until Nov. 1, 1954. He then came home to run the family farm with his mother and his brother Glenn. During this time he also worked at Trane Company in La Crosse for five years.

He married Karen Heintz on December 19, 1965. The couple ran a bowling alley in Spring Grove called “OK Lanes” for four years. Karen and Ollie later divorced.

Ollie had most recently worked at Camcar in Decorah, Iowa as a Tool & Dye maker for over twenty years until his retirement in 1994. He was a lifelong area resident.

He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Caledonia, Minn. and American Legion Post 294 in Spring Grove.

Ollie enjoyed playing softball and bowling. He would be on four bowling leagues at a time. He loved to hunt, fish and go to the Casino. He was a wonderful father, grandfather and husband. He touched many lives, and he will be missed by many.

Survivors include his daughters Cynthia (Bryan) Schulte of Waukon, Iowa, and Kristine Brainard of Decorah, Iowa. Four grandchildren; Luke Schulte, Marissah Schulte, Bryce Schulte, and Cheyenne Bangs.. His sister Ruth (Bobby) Buddy. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister Dorothy Travis and his brothers Maloy and Glenn Bangs.

Memorial services will be held Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 at Roble Funeral Home in Spring Grove, at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Stephanie Frey will officiate. Burial will be at Prosper Cemetery in rural Canton, Minn. Military rites will be provided by American Legion Post 249 of Spring Grove, Minn.

Lunch will follow the burial at Trinity Lutheran Church fellowship hall in Spring Grove.

Friends may call one hour prior to service at the funeral home on Friday.

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