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April 19, 1946 - November 16, 2018

Larry was born April 19, 1946 in Preston, Minnesota 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 United States Navy and was an Aviation Support Electrician aboard the USS Enterprise in the Vietnam War. On August 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, Rochester, 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 passed away peacefully Friday, November 16, 2018 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota at the age of 72.

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, Minnesota, Linda Benson of Decorah, Iowa, and Julie Bangs of Mabel; sisters-in-law Judith Bangs of Farmington, Minnesota, Jean Higgenbotham of Calahan, Florida, and Patricia (Robert) Diehlmann of Onalaska, Wisconsin; mother-in-law Shirley Holzer of West Salem, Wisconsin; 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 9 – 11 am on Saturday, November 24th at the Henrytown Lutheran Church with a prayer service at 11 am.   

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