Darrel M. Bang
Darrell M. Bang, 88, Joice, passed away Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022 at Comforts of Home, Hudson, Wis. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 3, at Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church, Joice, with Pastor Kevin Olson officiating.Visitation will be Friday, Dec. 2, from 4-7 p.m. at the church and also Saturday morning, one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church, Joice, or Inspiration Point Bible Camp, Vining, Minn.
Darrell was born just ahead of twin brother Darwin, Nov. 14, 1934 in rural Joice. Darrell and Darwin were the last children of Martin and Ada Bang, joining older siblings, Roger, Ardis, Wayne and Hazel.
Martin was a farmer and carpenter and the family belonged to Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church, rural Joice, where Darrell and Darwin were confirmed. A 1952 graduate of Joice High School, Darrell excelled in sports, playing basketball and baseball.
In 1954 Darrell, Darwin and school chum, Glenn Rogness, enlisted in the Army. They spent their entire two-year service time together. When they returned home, Darrell started farming in the Joice area. Darwin and his fiancé, Thelma Gangestad, introduced Darrell to Thelma’s sister, Marilyn Gangestad in 1957. Darrell was smitten and they were married June 13, 1958. They lived briefly in Wisconsin, then in Minnesota, where he enrolled in mechanics school. After finishing, they moved back to Iowa where in 1966, they bought a farm near Joice and lived for over 50 years.
Darrell and Marilyn raised four children: Marit, Darla, David and Mark. Along with farming, Darrell enjoyed working on sale nights at the Cow Palace, Forest City, when his friends, the Jennings brothers, owned it. He also worked for Waldorf College in the Maintenance Department and for 3M, Forest City, and was an elected Worth County Supervisor for eight years.
Darrell loved spending time with family and friends. He loved farming and enjoyed having cattle and other livestock. He loved his Allis Chalmers tractors. He had a strong work ethic, but always took time for family vacations, camping with friends, and extended family gatherings. All four of his children participated in sports while in school and he enjoyed watching them play. Even when there was field work to be done, he often cleaned up early and made it to softball and baseball games. When grandchildren came along, he and Marilyn attended their games, concerts and other activities too. He drove his and many other children to Inspiration Point Bible Camp in the summers by car or bus, as he wanted as many kids as possible to experience the fun, teaching and friendships that Bible Camp offered.
Though Darrell was raised in the church, it wasn’t until his early 20s that he accepted Jesus as his personal Savior. His relationship with the Lord was his priority in life from then on. He was very involved in Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church, where he and Marilyn were members for over 50 years.
Darrell loved the Lord and spent a lot of time reading his Bible and praying. His children remember him getting up early every morning to have his personal devotions. He looked forward to being at church and fellowshipping with friends there. He had a deep love and concern for others and was a strong prayer warrior. He sought to be obedient to God and to the examples in the Bible. He leaves this world with the promise of being in heaven with Jesus. “Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.” (C.T. Studd)
Left to cherish his memory are his children and their spouses: Marit Davis, Darla (Woodie) Morley, David (Melanne) Bang, and Mark (Andrea) Bang; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; his twin brother, Darwin; and many other family members and friends.
Preceding him in death are his wife, Marilyn; his son-in-law, Jack Davis; his parents, Martin and Ada Bang; his brothers, Roger Bang and Wayne Bang; and sisters, Ardis Helland and Hazel Monson.