Loren Bangs | Aurora News-Register

Loren Bangs, 73, died of cancer on April 30, 2021 at his home in Aurora.
Loren was born on October 4, 1947 in Alhambra, CA. His family moved to rural Phillips in 1948 when Loren was six months old. Loren lived for nine years in a one-room schoolhouse just a mile from his home. He graduated from Phillips High School in 1965. He attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and was a Regents Scholar.
Loren was drafted into the United States Army during the Vietnam War, where he served for about three years, reaching the rank of 1st Lieutenant. Loren’s major awards were the Bronze Star for exemplary leadership and bravery, the Army Commendation Medal with V-Device for Valor and Going Beyond Duty, and the Purple Heart for injuries sustained in combat.
When he returned home, he started a custom harvesting business. He tracked the wheat crop from southern Oklahoma to northern Montana. In the fall he returned home to harvest corn, milo and soybeans. He expanded his business with five combines, nine trucks, four pick-ups and four trailer houses (sleeping quarters for the crew). After twenty-one years, he stopped the wheat harvest, but continued with the fall harvest. Loren ran his brother-in-law’s medical clinic in St. Paul for three years. In 1996 he started working about 1100 hectares and the following fifteen years. He retired in 2010.
Loren married Danielle Hansen of Grand Island on April 5, 1975 at Trinity United Methodist Church on Grand Island. Three children were born with that union: Angela, Brian and Bradley. His children were his pride and joy. He enjoyed watching his kids participate in dance, sports, FPS, FBLA, show choir, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and cheerleading.
He loved volunteering and served as a scoutmaster, sponsor, driver and supporter for his children’s activities. He enjoyed sponsoring canoe trips on the Niobrara River. He loved the outdoors, camping and boating with his family.
Loren’s grandchildren were his pride and joy too. He enjoyed watching them play softball, baseball, basketball, lacrosse, soccer, volleyball, and golf. He loved seeing them perform at dance recitals and enjoyed their performances at our house. Loren shared his love of the outdoors with his grandchildren.
Loren was a member of the Aurora United Methodist Church, where he sang in the choir and sat on various committees. He served on the Board of Directors of the Goldenrod Girl Council and the Council’s Finance Committee for 35 years. He received the President’s Award, the highest award the Council awards.
Loren and his wife, Danielle, loved traveling together and meeting new friends. They traveled together twice to all seven continents, visited 88 different countries and visited all 50 states together. They continued to correspond with different people they met during their travels. They enjoyed 34 ocean cruises and several river cruises, including the Nile in Egypt, the Yangtze in China twice, the Volga in Russia, the Danube in Europe and the Amazon in Brazil.
Loren was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin and Jane; his sister, Joyce; brother, Roy Emanuel; brothers-in-law, Dr. Larry Hansen and Don Cornelius.
Those left to cherish and remember him are his wife and best friend, Danielle of 46 years old; three children, Angela Schroeder from Omaha, Brian Bangs from Wood River and Bradley (Jennifer) Bangs of Aurora; six grandchildren: Thaddeus Schneider, Hildi Schneider, Jonathan Bangs, Jacob Bangs, Allison Bangs and Olivia Bangs; sisters-in-law Mary Lou Emanuel, Koann Hansen, Carol Hansen; brother-in-law, Harry (Darla) Hansen; and several nieces, nephews, nephews and great friends.
Loren’s family doesn’t ask for plants or flowers because of allergies. Memorials are presented to the Hamilton Community Foundation Band Instrument Fund or the Hamilton County Food Pantry.

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