Willard “Bill” T. Bangle

Willard “Bill” T. Bangle, 96, of Excelsior Springs, Mo., passed away June 13, 2018.

Willard was born in Lindsey, Ark., on July 24, 1921, the son of Eric and Myrtle (Brolliar) Bangle. He married Gillis W. West in Upland, Calif.

Willard was a W.W.II marine veteran and fought in the Pacific Theater. He taught high school in Riverside, Calif.

Willard is preceded in death by his parents and a son, John Bangle.

He is survived by his son, Drew and wife Linda Newman; and daughters, Mary Kawanaka and Margaret Schmitt.

A service will be held at St. Ann Catholic Church in Excelsior Springs, Mo., on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery in Excelsior Springs, Mo.

Family suggests donations to the Knights of Columbus in lieu of flowers.

Arrangements are in the care of Bross & Spidle Funeral Home, Excelsior Springs.

Our Sincere Condolences

I just happened upon this obituary and wondered if this was the same Mr Bangle that taught 5th & 6th grade at Van Buren Elementary School around about 1963 or 1964?  If so, I was in his class for both 5th & 6th grades. I was one of the ‘unholy 5’ as he called us. We were good kids but a bit talkative & might not have alway minded as well as we should have. I absolutely loved him   He was my favorite teacher. I have thought of him often over the years.
Jim E Mc Gaugh