February 25, 2020

Willard Wangler

Died June 12, 2019


Willard Wangler, 93, of West Branch passed away Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at The Horizon Senior Living in West Branch.

He was born Dec. 25, 1925, in West Branch to Edward and Alma Wangler. Willard was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus Council 8948, cemetery sexton and Rose City Lions Club.

Willard bought the farm in 1947, and while farming he was president of the Red School board, Ogemaw County Farm Bureau and West Branch Co-op. In 1965 he took on an Allis-Chalmers Farm Equipment franchise and in 1970 sold the farm to his sons, Roger and Paul. In 1970 he built a new building on M-33 and for the next few years took on Kubota and New Holland with many other franchises, for which he won several trips.

He was King Lion in the Rose City Lions Club and was in charge of Rose City Ambulance as a service for the Lions Club. He helped organize the Ogemaw County Fair and was on the first fair board. He worked to organize the Antique Village and helped build the building, ran the threshing machine and helped organize and operate tractor pulls. He had equipment made to operate the pedal tractor pull for kids and ran kids tractor pulls for 30 years until his son Ed took it over.

Willard is survived by his children, Roger (Stephanie) Wangler of Prescott, Paul (Jean) Wangler of West Branch, Marsha (Thomas) Schnautz of West Branch, Roxann (James) Moore of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Edward Wangler of West Branch; nine grandchildren and their families, Kim (Tom) Buhlman of Rose City, Teri (Jeff) Greib of Plymouth, Bo (Karen) Wangler of West Branch, Jason (Renee) Wangler of Saline, Ted (Delta) Wangler of West Branch, John (Rachel) Raymond of Mooresville, Ind., Heath Raymond of Allegan, Katy (Cory) DiGiacomo of Sherman Oaks, Calif., and Joey (Katie) Weber of West Branch; 18 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; one great-great-great-grandchild; and sister, Marlene (Roy) Wiltse of Rose City.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, A. Irvadene Wangler; sister, Viola Neubecker; brothers, Delbert and Burt Wangler; and daughter-in-law, Kathryn Wangler.

Visitation at Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Home in West Branch will begin Friday, June 14, 2019, from 4-9 p.m. with a rosary at 7 p.m. The funeral Mass will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church on Saturday, June 15, at 11 a.m. with visitation starting at 10 a.m. Father Emmanuel Finbarr will officiate. Burial will follow at Holy Family Catholic Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice Compassus. Online condolences can be shared at www.steuernolmclaren.com.


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