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.