Leonard Paul Gangle March 5, 1947 – July 4, 2013 Leonard Paul Gangle passed in peace with friends and family by his side July 4th, 2013. He is preceded in death by his father, Leonard and survived and greatly missed by his mother, Doreen; siblings, Tim, Kathryn, Tom, Jerry and Terry; children, Paul and Rochelle, and grandchildren, Qawi, Elijah, Abigail and Isaac. Len was born March 5th, 1947, in Sisseton, South Dakota to Leonard and Doreen Gangle, the oldest of six children. He graduated from Deblin High School, South Dakota then enlisted in the Army and served three tours in Vietnam. He married Robyn Wenholz, whom he met during an Army R&R trip to Australia. They married there on January 21st, 1970, and moved to Portland, OR for Len to attend Portland State University where he received his bachelor's degree in Business Management. They were blessed with son, Paul, in October, 1970 and daughter, Rochelle, in November, 1977. In 1980, Len started a landscape company, Portland Turf and Landscaping, which he ran for 25 years. When Len wasn't working he was heavily involved with his church and ministry. He started a homeless outreach that fed and witnessed to hundreds of Portland, Oregon homeless individuals every week. His other passions were hunting and fishing and he was blessed to be able to spend the last years of his life fishing the many lakes and rivers around the Grand Junction, CO area. Len was an outgoing, warm and charming man who was always willing to give his time and materials to other people. All of his friends knew he would help them in any of their circumstances. He consistently modeled a heart of generosity to his church and friends. The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude and thanks to the many doctors, nurses and staff at the Grand Junction VA Medical Center and Community Living Center. He was well loved and taken care of by everyone there. A memorial to honor Len will be held on Tuesday, July 9th at 2:00 p.m. at Faith Heights Church in Grand Junction, Colorado.
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Published in The Daily Sentinel on July 9, 2013