DENNIS E. BANGART, age 41, of Loyal, died on Wednesday, November 1, 2023 at his home, as a result of complications related to his leukemia diagnosis. Funeral services will be held at 11 am on Wednesday, November 8th at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Loyal. Rev. Steve Brice will officiate and burial will follow in St. Anthony Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Dennis’ lifelong friends. Visitation will be held at St. Anthony Catholic Church on Tuesday, November 7th, from 3:30 pm until 8 pm, starting with a rosary service, and at the church, on Wednesday from 9:00 am until time of service.
Dennis Edward Bangart was born November 12, 1981, the son of Donald and Patricia (Rueth) Bangart. He grew up on the family farm in Auburndale and received his education at St. Mary’s Catholic School, graduated as Salutatorian from Auburndale High School, was an active 4-H, FFA, and Jr Holstein member and was a graduate from UW-River Falls with a bachelor’s degree in Dairy Science and Summa Cum Laude Honors. He was united in marriage at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church on September 30th, 2017 to Sarah M. Siegel. They welcomed three beautiful children and enjoyed life on the farm.
Dennis was employed as a VP Loan Officer at AgCountry Farm Credit Services where he enjoyed working with and educating farmers on their business decisions. Dennis was also a partner in their family dairy farm south of Loyal known as Viaduct Holsteins. Dennis had an undeniable passion for dairy cattle and agriculture in general and wore this heart on his sleeve during activities. Dennis’ keen eye for cattle brought the herd into one of the top Large Herd BAA’s in the country almost every year for the last decade. As a youth Dennis was named the Wisconsin Outstanding Holstein Boy and was a national Distinguish Junior Member finalist. Dennis enjoyed selling starter project calves to area youth so he could watch them thrive and grow and have the same opportunities he had while growing up.
Dennis could never say no to volunteer work, especially when it was related to supporting agriculture and youth projects; a passion that he developed as a youth and continued for his lifetime. Dennis was a member of Wood County Holstein Breeders and past chairman of the State Show when held in Marshfield. He spent several years as chairman of the Purple Ribbon Classic Heifer Sale in spring, breathing a change of life into the sale that has evolved it into one of the premier show calf sales in the country today. Dennis was a member of the Wood County Market Sale Committee, where he enjoyed watching youth thrive with their livestock projects and also volunteered his time helping with the Jr. Dairy Show at the CWSF to give back to exhibitors what he had been blessed to experience as a youth. Dennis enjoyed being the MC for the Little Britches Show at the Clark Co Fair and was an active member of the Clark Co Dairy Promotion Committee. Dennis was a member of the Loyal FFA Alumni. Dennis had the special privilege of being the Chairman for the 2018 Wood County Farm Technology Days Show – promoting community unity that built friendships locally that would last for a life time. Under his management and leadership, the show returned nearly a half million dollars of profit back to the community for agricultural and youth programs; the most money ever generated in profit from an FTD show. Dennis served on the Governor’s Dairy Task Force 2.o in 2019. Dennis was chairman of the MACCI Agri-Business Committee until the time of his diagnosis and was part of the development of the Power of Ag Tour for high school students, an event that showcased and promoted agricultural careers to several hundred youth each year. Dennis had pure passion for agriculture and poured his heart into volunteering to observe the next generation create similar passions – he felt that “you just need to plant the seed and youth would grow”.
Dennis will be dearly missed by his wife Sarah and three young children Luciana 4, Hendrick 3, and Loretta 9 months. His father, Donald Bangart of Greenwood, his siblings David (Amber) of Greenwood and their children, Adalyn, Cole and Danika, Mary (Michael) Ketchum of Altura, MN, and their daughters Katelyn and Kyli Ketchum, and Michelle "Mikki" (Darrin) Wirt of Lewiston, MN. As well as many other special relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Patricia Bangart and his in-laws Ronald and Lana Siegel.
Dennis’ courage, strength, and driven determination has been admired by his family and friends. He was a light and inspiration and will be dearly missed by all who loved and knew him. We will love you always and forever!
The family requests that memorials be given to start a future agricultural scholarship program in his memory.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.cuddiefh.com.
Cuddie Funeral Home of Loyal, WI is assisting the family with arrangements.
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