Robert “Bob” Gangl, 78, St. Anthony, passed to his heavenly home, with his loving wife by his side, on February 26, 2016.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am Thursday, March 3, 2016 St. Anthony Catholic Church, St. Anthony, ND with Father Chris Kadrmas as celebrant. Burial will take place at St. Anthony Catholic Church Cemetery following the service.
Visitation will begin Wednesday, March 2, 2016 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Weigel Funeral Home, Mandan, ND, with a St. Anthony Verein Rosary at 6:30 pm and a St. Anthony Christian Mothers Rosary at 7:00 pm followed by a Parish Vigil. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the service on Thursday.
Robert was born on November 11, 1937 to John and Margaret (Wetsch) Gangl in Bismarck, ND. He grew up on the family farm south of St. Anthony, which was established by his grandfather in early 1900’s. Growing up Robert rode his horse to the one room, country school, where he received his education.
Robert met the love of his life, Alice Barth, in August of 1959. After a passionate courtship they were married September 10, 1960 and in 1973 they welcomed the first of their two children. Robert and Alice ranched with their children, on the family farm, where they raised a Simmental/Red Angus herd of which they were proud. Some of Robert’s favorite moments were spent on the back of his horses, Pal, Red, and Rusty, whether it be dragging calves to the branding fire or competitively team roping. When pushing cattle to pasture you always knew where Robert was by the jingle of his spurs and the crack of his whip.
Besides ranching Robert enjoyed outdoor adventures. He was an accomplished archer, target shooter, and bow hunter. Because of his love of archery, Robert and Alice created “Gangl’s Arrow Shop” where they manufactured hand crafted aluminum and wooden arrows, to customers specifics, and sold nationally. In 1990 he was inducted into the Nishu Bowmen Hall of Fame.
In the autumn of the year, Robert’s attention turned to trapping furbearers; he gained quite a reputation for being able to remove unwanted critters. Robert particularly enjoyed teaching younger generations the art and expertise of trapping. He was committed to the Development of the North Dakota Fur Harvester Education Program and in 2014 Robert was inducted in the ND Trapper Hall of Fame.
Robert will be deeply missed by his wife of 55 years, Alice, his children Victoria, Springfield, MO, Scott (Ronda), St. Anthony, his grandson Tyler, Springfield, MO, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents, John and Margaret.