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Obituary of James Wangler, 24 July 1972




Kiron...James Emil Wangler, son of Emil J. and Aubra Wangler, was born May 31, 1916 in Kiron, Iowa. He was raised in this area and attended the local schools. Here he grew to manhood and on October 13, 1937, he married Florence Schultz. They had three children, two daughters and one son.
In his lifetime Mr. Wangler was a farmer and stockman.
Baptized September 21, 1916, and confirmed May 24, 1931, at the Bethel Lutheran Church at Kiron of which church he was still an active member at the time of his death. He served as a member of the church council for many years and supervised the ushering at the services up to and including the Sunday before his death. He was also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Bethel Cemetery association. Mr. and Mrs. Wangler are also appreciatively remembered for their many years of service as church custodians. Great interest in farm youth is indicated by almost 15 years of service by Mr. Wangler as a leader of the Kiron Boys 4-H Club.
Mr. Wangler was fatally injured in a farm machine accident Monday afternoon, July 24, 1972 while working on a farm he operated. Though yet alive when found, he was pronounced dead on arrival at the Denison Hospital. He had attained the age of 56 years, 1 month and 23 days.
He is survived by his wife Florence; two daughters (Mavis) Mrs. Richard Johnston and Miss Delores Wangler, both of Kiron: one son-in law, Richard Johnston and two grandsons, Mark and Matt Johnston of Kiron; two brothers, Ivan of Greenwood, Arkansas and Phillip of Omaha, Nebraska; three sisters, Miss Iola Wangler of Omaha, Mrs. Edith Sizemore of Washington, D. C. and Mrs. Sophia Neales of W. Hattsville, Maryland, nephews and nieces.
Mr. Wangler was preceded in death by his son Alan, who died tragically nine years ago, by his parents, by one sister, Mrs. Cecil Turner and an infant brother.
Funeral services were held at the Kiron Bethel Lutheran Church at 2 P.m. thursday, July 27 with Rev. Reuben Carlson officiating. Gerald Peterman, soloist, sang "Sweet Bye and Bye" and "Asleep in Jesus" accompanied by Mrs. Mervin Buller, organist, Honorary pallbearers were Mark and Matt Johnston. Acting bearers were Vernie Baker, Earl Baker, Seldon Buller, Vernie Gronau, Everett Kluver and Jack Pope. Interment was in the Bethel Cemetery.

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