August 24, 2018 at 3:45pm

Irvin H. "Gus" Wangelin ObituaryMemorial for Irvin “Gus” Wangelin ’52

Irvin H. "Gus" Wangelin, 87, born on February 1, 1931, in St. Louis, MO, passed away on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at Eden Village in Glen Carbon, IL, with his loving family by his side.

Mr. Wangelin was the owner of the Wangelin Insurance Agency, which was founded by his grandfather in 1885. He retired from the insurance business in 1995. He graduated from Belleville Township High School and Milliken University. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Belleville, where he had served as Deacon and President of the Board of Trustees. He also served as Chairman of the Belleville St Clair Region of the Red Cross and as Vice-Chairman of the Greater St. Louis Area Red Cross Chapter, President of the Belleville Downtown Optimist Club and President of the Belleville Jaycees. He was also a member of the United Fund Board, a member of the Elks Club, and a Board Member of the Chamber of Commerce. He was the Chairman of the Speakers Bureau for the successful referendum for the Class 1 Junior College. In 1967, he was awarded the coveted Distinguished Service Award by the Belleville Jaycees. In 1964, he worked on the Memorial Hospital Building Fund Campaign and was elected to the Hospital Board in 1966. During his time on the Hospital Board, he served on the Executive Committee, Memorial Group Board, Memorial Hospital Board and Chairman of the Foundation Board as well as various committees of these boards. Gus was also a Counselor with the Score Organization which assists individuals in their efforts to start small businesses.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Armin H. and Doris (Leunig) Wangelin; a son, Randall Steven Wangelin; a brother, Allan Joe Wangelin; and a sister, Jean Paul.

In addition to his wife, Nancy a. Noll, whom he married on July 4, 1953, in Belleville, he is survived by a daughter, Lauren K. (George) Wangelin-Wolin; as well as several nieces, nephews, and extended family who will miss him dearly.

Memorials may be directed to Memorial Hospital or Belleville Area Humane Society. Condolences may be left online at

Services: Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 12 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, 2018, at Lake View Funeral Home in Fairview Heights, IL.

Burial will follow at Lake View Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights, IL.

Published in Belleville News-Democrat on June 15, 2018

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