VINTON, Iowa – Michael “Mike” Wayne Banghart, 49, took his final Harley ride to heaven May 2, 2014, surrounded by his family after a short but courageous battle with cancer.
He was born May 19, 1964, in Warsaw, to Jerry and Janice Kling Banghart. On May 23, 2003, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, he married Kelly Keffer, who survives.
He attended school in Warsaw, and eventually moved to Iowa. He spent most of his adult life in the commercial roofing business, most recently for Blackhawk Roof Company (McConnell Excavating), putting roofs on new Menards stores. He loved detail work, and those who knew him well knew he was a perfectionist. His work took him all over the United States and afforded him opportunities to attend a NASCAR race and ride snowmobiles in the Rocky Mountains.
He loved his family, adored his grandchildren and was so proud of all his big boy toys (his Spazzz truck and his Harley). He loved riding his Harley, and in 2012 took an amazing trip to Sturgis with a group of good friends. He also enjoyed watching NASCAR and football. He fulfilled a dream of driving a NASCAR at the track in Newton and taking a cruise to Mexico in January with Kelly. He was a proud man.
Also left to cherish his memory are his parents, Vinton; two daughters, Ami (and spouse Rich) Steg, Pierceton, and Halie Banghart, Van Horne; five grandchildren: Ashtyn, Alexis, Reese and Raena, Pierceton; Jayden, Van Horne; two sons, Jerry D. Banghart and Dillon Keffer, both of Vinton; two brothers, Marty Banghart, Sioux Falls, S.D., and Kevin (and spouse Rhonda) Banghart, Claypool; a sister-in-law, Stephanie (and spouse Paul) Mangun, Mentone; Kelly’s siblings, Mike (and spouse Lacy) Schoonover, Tana (and spouse Tom) Williams, Toby (and spouse Larry) Schutt and Colleen Schoonover. He was Uncle Mike to so many and also leaves behind his dog buddies, Harley and Roscoe. He was preceded in death by his grandparents; Kelly’s parents, Ed and Opal Keffer; and his faithful dog, Taz.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Oak Grove Church, rural Shellsburg, with Pastor Tom Nesbitt officiating. Burial is in Evergreen Cemetery, Vinton.
Calling is from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home, Vinton, and an hour before service at the church on Tuesday.
His family would like to give special thanks to Heather Avery, his hospice nurse for the last two months, and everyone at Hospice Compassus.
A memorial fund has been established.
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