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Funeral Services for Gerald D. Wangen will be held at 2:30 Tuesday, October 30, at Grace Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. The Reverend Shane Koepke will officiate. Visitation will be from 1:00 P.M. – 2:30 P.M. at the church. Interment will be in Hillcrest Cemetery. Bonnerup Funeral Service is assisting the family. Gerald passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at Parker Place in Parkersburg, Iowa where he had moved to be near family. He was 90 years old. Gerald was born January 31, 1928, in Albert Lea, the son of Carl and Luella Wangen. Gerald grew up farming with his dad east of Albert Lea and attended country school and Albert Lea Schools. Gerald was united in marriage to Lois Hartwig on July 14, 1951, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Osage, IA. They shared more than 63 years together before Lois passed in 2014. Gerald and Lois spent more than 29 years farming near Hartland, where he also raised dairy cattle. He spent some winters working at Queen Stoves in Albert Lea as well. Gerald and Lois moved to Albert Lea after retiring. They loved to travel and took many trips. Gerald was a lifetime member of Grace Lutheran Church. He loved being around people and engaging in conversation. You could always see the special glint in his eye when his grandsons were around, he was so proud. Gerald is survived by his children: Cindy (Milt) Bighley of North St. Paul, MN, Carole (Steve) Schoon of Cedar Falls, IA; and grandchildren, Nick and Adam Bighley (fiancé Tiffany Norlander), Matt (Alice) Schoon and Josh Schoon; great grandson Isaac D. Schoon. Gerald is preceded in death by his wife Lois, parents Carl and Luella Wangen and grandson Daniel Schoon.
Condolences may be directed to: Cindy Bighley 2783 Hilltop Court, N. St. Paul, MN 55109