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Francis E. Gangel


Francis E. Gangel, 82, passed away Mar 15, 2019. Fran was born Jan 13, 1937 to Herman and Agnes Gangel of Louisburg, Kansas. Fran graduated from Louisburg High School and attended Emporia State University where he received both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Biology. Fran met and married Lorraine Gangel (Cupples/Hall) in 1963 and together they raised their family in Louisburg. Fran and Lorraine were locally famous for their ‘barn dances’ on the family farm.

 Fran was proceeded in death by his wife, Lorraine, his parents, and a brother, Tim Gangel.

Fran is survived by his children; Kevin (Sandra) Gangel, Renee (David) Brockett; and step-children Vicki Keith, Mike Hall, Doug (Sandy) Hall, and Bob Hall. Fran is survived by brothers; Charles, John, Paul, Mike, and a sister, Mary Shriner. Other survivors include 14 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and friends. He served in the Kansas National Guard for 6 years and taught in local Kansas schools for 4 years. He worked for and retired from Panhandle Eastern pipeline. Fran lived and worked in Indiana, Colorado, and eventually returned to Kansas during retirement. Throughout Fran’s journey he enjoyed meeting new people, making new friends, and developing new passions. Fran’s hobbies included searching the woodlands for mushrooms, volunteering with local Lions Clubs, and singing with community and church choirs.

 Fran was greatly loved and respected by his family, friends, and community. He was loved by all the care-givers of Evergreen Community of Johnson County during his short time there and his family is immensely grateful for the warm, dedicated care he received.

Celebration of Life will be on April 5, 2019 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church 11300 W 103rd St | OP, KS 66214, with Visitation 09:30 – 10:30am and Mass 10:30 – 11:30am. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to The Pancreatic Cancer Research Foundation and/or The Alzheimer’s Research Foundations. 


  1. Mary Anne Brandt on June 26, 2019 at 8:30 am

    Hi Gangel and Hall family.
    None of you know me but I met Fran a few years ago through church and he did some handyman work for me. My life took a turn and I have been out of the Midwest for a good while – but I haven’t forgotten him and hoped to catch back up with him when I was back in KS.
    He amazed me with his upbeat attitude and passion about life and singing in church and other things and even about trying to increase his business while in his late 70s.
    He was amazingly friendly and just so nice.
    I met his brother Paul also, who helped him with a few things around my home. Both seem good guys, and were good to me.
    I heard a bit about his wife Lorraine and he spoke so lovingly of her. Such devotion. I can only hope I am spoken of that way when I move on.
    I imagine their kids are good and decent people, and I wish I knew the whole family.
    I am sorry for you [and the community] to have lost him – and your mom, too.
    Heaven gained another good one.
    Hopefully there are plenty of memories to help you all.
    Take care.
    Mary Brandt

  2. Vanessa on April 17, 2019 at 8:45 am

    Fran was one of my favorite people. I came to know him through his handyman service. I will remember him by his smile and his whistling while he worked. When I talked to him last fall he was full of life and bragging about how he was still kicking it at 81 and he had just purchased new magnets for his vehicle promoting his business. His passing came as a total shock to me and I will miss him dearly. Prayers for the family.

    • Renee on April 17, 2019 at 11:21 am

      Thank you. It was a shock for us too. First the cancer diagnosis & then how quickly he declined.
      We appreciate your prayers
      Renee Gangel Brockett

  3. Karen Wasson on March 30, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    To Fran’s family, so sorry for your loss. Fran was a sweet good man and will be missed by everyone who knew him.. Prayers to you all.

    • Renee on April 17, 2019 at 11:22 am

      Thank you. Your prayers are appreciated.

  4. Macey on March 22, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    Dear grate grandpa I love you and miss u and I will see u one day

    • Renee on March 27, 2019 at 9:33 am

      Thank you, Macey. Great Gpa loved you too, very much!

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