Loren Bangs | Aurora News Register

Loren Bangs, 73, died of cancer on April 30, 2021 at his Aurora home.
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 attended 9 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 US Army during the Vietnam War, where he served approximately three years and reached the rank of 1st Lieutenant. Loren’s top prizes were the Bronze Star for exemplary leadership and bravery, the Army Commendation Medal with V-Device for Valor that goes beyond duty, and the Purple Heart for injuries sustained during combat.
When he returned home, he opened an individual harvest business. He tracked the wheat harvest from southern Oklahoma to northern Montana. In the fall, he returned home to harvest corn, milo, and soybeans. He expanded his business to include five combine harvesters, nine trucks, four pickups and four trailer houses (sleeping quarters for the crew). After twenty-one years he finished the wheat harvest but continued the autumn harvest. Loren ran his brother-in-law’s medical clinic in St. Paul for three years. In 1996 he began farming approximately 1,100 hectares and farmed for the next fifteen years. He retired from farming in 2010.
Loren was married to Danielle Hansen of Grand Island on April 5, 1975 at Trinity United Methodist Church on Grand Island. Three children were born to this association: Angela, Brian and Bradley. His children were his pride and joy. He enjoyed watching his kids take part in dance, sports, FPS, FBLA, show choir, scouts, scouts, and cheerleading.
He loved volunteering and served as a scout guide, sponsor, driver, and supporter for his children’s activities. He enjoyed sponsoring canoe trips on the Niobrara River. He loved the outdoors, enjoyed camping and boating with his family.
Loren’s grandchildren were also his pride and joy. He enjoyed watching them play softball, baseball, basketball, lacrosse, soccer, volleyball, and golf. He loved to watch them dance and enjoyed their performances in our house. Loren shared his love for nature with his grandchildren.
Loren was a member of the Aurora United Methodist Church, where he sang in the choir and served on several committees. He served on the Board of Directors of the Goldenrod Girl Council and on the Council Finance Committee for 35 years. He received the President’s Award, the council’s highest honor.
Loren and his wife, Danielle, loved traveling and meeting new friends. They traveled twice together to all seven continents, visited 88 different countries and visited all 50 states together. They continued to correspond with several people they met on their travels. They enjoyed 34 ocean cruises and several river cruises including twice the Nile in Egypt, the Yangtze in China, 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; Brother-in-law, Dr. Larry Hansen and Don Cornelius.
Those who treasure him and need to remember him are his wife and best friend Danielle, 46 years old; three children, Angela Schroeder from Omaha, Brian Bangs from Wood River, and Bradley (Jennifer) Bangs from 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, cousins ​​and wonderful friends.
Loren’s family doesn’t ask for plants or flowers because of allergies. Monuments are proposed to the Hamilton Community Foundation’s Band Instrument Fund or the Hamilton County Food Pantry.

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