Donald R. Bangert
Donald R. Bangert, 83, of Springfield passed away at 3:32AM Saturday January 17, 2015 at Memorial Medical Center. He was born March 31, 1931, the son of Marvin Bangert and Katherine (Knox) Bangert. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Marva Kay Tate. Don married Joan Clair Huff on November 25, 1954.
Don is survived by his wife of 60 years, with whom he raised eight children, Peter Douglas (Stacy) Bangert of Springfield IL, Stacey Weities of Fayetteville AR, Regina (Michael) Kaiser of Springfield, IL, Elizabeth (Jeff) Friedman of Springfield IL, Bradley (Karen) Bangert of Dunlap, IL, Craig (Shari) Bangert of Sherman IL, Scott (Shawn) Bangert of Springfield IL, Brian Bangert of Springfield, IL, nineteen grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. Don is also survived by his brother Rex (Mary Jo) Bangert of Springfield IL, and sister, Judy Young of Phoenix AZ.
Don was a lifelong resident of Springfield, IL, having attended St. Agnes Grade School and Cathedral High School. He was a member of Christ the King Church.
Don was a proud Army veteran of the Korean War, and later served his country in the Illinois Army National Guard, retiring Command Sergeant Major with 24 years of service. He was former Commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 755.
Don was a retired administrator from Lexis Document Services, formerly Illinois Code Company. Don’s background and working life through many years was rich and diverse in variety and accomplishment. Don was a private pilot, former Board member and Chairman of the Springfield Airport Authority, and served many years as General Manger of the Jacksonville Airport. Don also worked as Director of Administrative Services for City, Water, Light and Power, and fondly recalled his years with the City.
Don passed the way he lived with strength and dignity and will be deeply missed by his large family, who were blessed by his character, work ethic and his great pride in their accomplishments. He will also be missed by the many others, whose lives he touched along the way.
Following private services, burial will be in Camp Butler National Cemetery at 12:00pm noon Thursday January 22, 2015.
Celebration of Life Open House to be held from 2pm to 7pm at Brookhills Golf Club, 5350 Old Jacksonville Road, Springfield, IL 62711.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to the donors charity of choice.