James Gangl, 65, Red Wing, Minn., passed away Sept. 8, 2018, at his home after a short battle with lung cancer. A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 17, at Mahn Family Funeral Home Bodelson-Mahn Chapel, 602 Plum St., Red Wing, with Chaplain Debby Bradley officiating. A time of fellowship and luncheon will be served following the service. Visitation will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, at the funeral home and for one hour prior to the service.
James was born on Jan. 17, 1953, in Bismarck, to Frank and Ann (Nee) Leingang. James’ childhood was spent on a farm in Morton County. In 1966, James moved to Wilton and graduated from Wilton High school in 1971. After high school, he attended Minot State College, where he received a degree in law enforcement. He used that degree to obtain a position as a police officer with the Minot Police Department for two years. He continued his career in law enforcement with the North Dakota Highway Patrol. After three years with the patrol, he moved to Bismarck and was sworn in as a police officer with the Bismarck Police Department. Due to an on-duty injury, James had to retire after serving 10 years with the BPD in 1989. James returned to college and graduated from the University of Mary, where he received his BS degree in business. A job opportunity arose at Treasure Island Resort and Casino in Red Wing. James spent the next 27 years with TIRC as a security supervisor until the time of his death.
James married Susan Olson on Valentine’s Day in 1994. James inherited a whole new family with this union.
James’ passions were pheasant hunting prior to injuring his knee, and more than 40 years of motorcycling. In 2001, Jim and Sue discovered their passion for cruising and had taken many cruises since then.
He is survived by his son, Stephen (Sarah), Tacoma, Wash.; daughter, Natalie Price, Des Moines, Iowa, from his first marriage with Karen Stubert which dissolved in 1992; loving wife, Susan; stepdaughter, Shelly (Bruce) Milton, Milaca, Minn.; stepson, Michael (Brenda) Olson, Lakeville, Minn.; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; his siblings, Sharon (Frank) Kuntz, Mandan, Kenneth (Linda) Gangl, Mandan, and Jeanette Pohlman (fiancée Norman Fisher), Bismarck.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.mahnfamilyfuneralhome.com.