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Ken Wangsness
Ken Wangsness
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Gordon Kenneth Wangsness, 93, passed away Sunday, October 3, 2021, at UnityPoint Health - Allen Hospital in Waterloo. He was born June 30, 1928, the son of John and Johanna (Strand) Wangsness. He was baptized and confirmed at the Calmar Lutheran Church. Ken graduated from Calmar High School. He was united in marriage to Ila Halvorson on March 29, 1953, in Calmar. They had four children Deb, Gary, Rod and Rick.

Ken worked for a livestock company, IPLA for 20 years. After retiring, he was a rural mail carrier for 18 years. Ken had a love for horses, in particular draft horses. He loved taking his surrey with the fringe on top in parades. Hayrides and bob sled were always a lot of fun with them being horse driven, even runaways. For years, Ken drove his horses with a hayrack at Christmas time. He delivered Santa to hand out sacks to all the kids and gave rides to the local children. Ken enjoyed watching his kids and grandkids in all their activities and was lucky enough to even watch a lot of his great grandkids activities.

Ken served his country in the U.S. Army from 1951-1953. He had the honor of going on the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. in 2013 with his son Rod. Ken was instrumental in fundraising and getting a swimming pool in Allison. The Pony Express ride each Easter was another important horse event for Ken. He and Ila also enjoyed chuck wagon races as some of their family participated.

Ken is survived by his wife of 68 years, Ila Wangsness; daughter Deb Steere; sons Gary Wangsness, Rod (Stacy) Wangsness and Rick (Kelli) Wangsness; 11 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and sister Joanne Egge.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son-in-law Harlan Steere, grandson Brock Steere, sisters Virginia Snyder and Maxine Wangsness, and brothers Willis, Howard and John Wangsness.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 6, 2021, at the Sietsema Vogel Funeral Home in Allison. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, October 7, 2021, at St. James Lutheran Church in Allison. Burial will take place in the Allison Cemetery.

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6
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Sietsema-Vogel Funeral Home - Allison
308 Birch St.
Allison, IA 50602
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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St. James Lutheran Church
421 N Main St.
Allison, Iowa 50602
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S Sally Beltz on Oct 7, 2021

Dear Ila, Deb, Gary, Rod and Stacey, and Rick and Kelle,
You all are so dear to me! I am offering my deepest sympathy and LOVE to all of you! When your Mom and Dad moved to Allison, I was overwhelmed with their kindness and their gentle nature!! They were very good to me, as I babysat for you kids!! I am so happy the Wangsness gang moved to
Allison!! I have loved your family from the moment I met you!!!! My health has prevented me from being with you today. I feel such regret about that., but have kept each of you in my heart! My thoughts and prayers are totally with each of you! My heartfelt love, Sally

D David & Julie on Oct 7, 2021

Wangsness family, Our sincere condolences. We enjoyed visiting with Ken at gatherings at Nick and Alice's home. Ken always had a smile. He will be missed by many.

W Wilfred & Maxine Maiers on Oct 6, 2021

Our sincere condolences to the Ila and family. Wilfred (Fred) and Maxine Maiers

T Tribute Store on Oct 6, 2021

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r randy russell on Oct 5, 2021

So sorry for your loss Wangsness family, What a great man. he will be missed by many.

D Darwin fecht on Oct 5, 2021

I enjoyed visiting with Kenny and Ila on a visiting trip for church; they learned about my dairy experience and Darwin's sister's experience babysitting. So sorry for the families loss; it seems he left a good legacy

M Mary Leverich on Oct 5, 2021

What an awesome man. He will truly be missed.
Mary Tjebkes Leverich

T Tribute Store on Oct 5, 2021

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G Gwen Groen on Oct 4, 2021

Our deepest sympathies to the family. We so enjoyed visiting with Kenny and Butch really enjoyed coffee with the boys. I have wonderful memories of Kenny from when l was a little girl and my dad and l would sing at the Loins Club Show.

T Tribute Store on Oct 4, 2021

In Sympathy & Love, Jan Duffy, Joyce & Larry Willms & families, Steve, Rhonda & Brett Bernhardt, Mary BernhardtTruly Beloved Bouquet was purchased for the family of Ken Wangsness by Tribute Store.

C Charles Danielson and family (Mike, Allison & Lori on Oct 4, 2021

With our deepest and heartfelt condolences.Beautiful in Blue was purchased for the family of Ken Wangsness by Charles Danielson and family (Mike, Allison & Lori.

B Bob and Angie Wittmer on Oct 4, 2021

Kenny was a gem... always had a smile on his face! I will miss seeing him at family get togethers. Bob and I send our sympathies and love to his family.

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