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George W. Wangen, 78

May 18, 2011

Mankato — George Wayne Wangen, age 78, of Mankato, died Saturday, April 30, 2011, at his home.

Funeral Services were held May 6, 2011, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, in Mankato. The Rev. Paul Lauer officiated. Burial was in Woodland Hills Memorial Park, in Mankato.

Mankato Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

George Wayne Wangen was born June 2, 1932, to Elvin and Marie (Kallestad) Wangen on the family farm near Bricelyn. George was the third child of five having one sister and three brothers. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. He attended high school in Blue Earth and then enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during the Korean Conflict with the rank of Sergeant. He was honorably discharged in 1954. George was united in marriage to Arlene Ann Gellert on March 9, 1956. George graduated from the Minnesota School of Business in December of 1956, in Minneapolis. They moved to Mankato following his schooling. George was then hired by Sears where he worked for 35 years before retiring in 1992. George and Arlene were blessed with three children.

George was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church since 1957, Life Member of American Legion Post #11 and the DAV (Disabled American Veterans). His priority was family, work and God. He also enjoyed fishing, golfing, watching sports, swimming, walking outdoors and was an aspiring artist. He loved music, anything outdoors and being with his family whom he loved dearly. He enjoyed old cars (he has a 1951 Ford Victoria) and loved hunting for rocks.

George is survived by his wife, Arlene, of Mankato; three children, Pamela (John) Rau, of Sarona, Wis., Kevin Wangen, of Buffalo, and Cheryl Wangen Wenzlau, of North Mankato; five grandchildren, Jeremiah, Alyssa, Nathaniel Rau, Dylan Wenzlau, and Lucas Wangen; sister, Lola Handahl, of Austin; two brothers, James Wangen, of St. Paul, and Abdiel “Skip” Wangen, of Blue Earth; nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Gene.

Memorials may be given to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, ISJ Hospice, or the donor’s choice.