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Cecil Douglas Bangert

November 28, 1938 — January 9, 2023

Cecil Douglas Bangert
November 28, 1938 ~ January 9, 2023

Cecil Douglas Bangert passed away at his home in Delta, Colorado on January 9th, 2023. He was 84 years old.
Cecil was born November 28, 1938, to Lola Mae (Myers) and Dave Bangert in Delta, Colorado.
“Doug” as he was known to family and close friends, was raised on a farm in North Delta. He was a graduate of Delta High School in 1957. While in school he excelled at math and science. A member of the National Honor Society, Future Farmers of America (FFA), and participated in Boy’s Glee, Debate, and acted in the senior class play. After high school he attended a year of college at Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado. Then served in the United States Army.
From an early age Cecil had a love of animals, especially horses. From the mid sixties to late nineties, racing horses became a great love. Starting with a home raised appaloosa named Rhythm to quarter horses, and then thoroughbreds. He learned all aspects of the racing industry. He traveled many states and, also ran horses on western slope fairground circuits. Cecil was complimented on his abilities and was said he could have been one of the greats, but he cared more for the animal, and integrity than the sport. Cecil met and married Karen Shadden who also had a shared love for racehorses. He landed in Parker, Colorado managing a thoroughbred breeding farm. Where he raised his only child. Audrey, and passed on the love and passion for horses and animals. He was a member of the Colorado Thoroughbred Breeders Association.
Cecil moved home to Delta, Colorado in 2001. The family started organizing reunion trips to various places of interest. Grand Canyon, San Diego Zoo, Yellowstone National Park, Mount Rushmore, and Crazy Horse Monument. The Ponderosa Ranch where Bonanza was filmed, to name a few. Many wonderful memories made. He was also able to grow a garden and raise hay for the neighbors.
Cecil believed that “Humanity gains more than pride,” “There is no excuse for ignorance,” and “If you pay attention, you can do it right.” He was highly intelligent, well read, and would use the library if answers needed to be found. Cecil shared knowledge and life lessons with many.
Survived by sister Peggy (Morris) McCool of Kent Washington, brother Buckley Bangert of Cortez Colorado, brother-in-law Henry Bonzek, sister-in-law Sylvia Bangert of Reno Nevada , daughter Audrey Bangert (Zachary Beavers) of Delta Colorado, cousins Alice Joyce of Montrose Colorado, Dorothy (Merritt) Vanderhoofven, and June (James) Schendel of Grand Junction Colorado, niece Elizabeth (Aaron) Muscle of North Carolina, nephews Ben Roberts of North Carolina, Jim McCool of Arizona, Andy (Ann) McCool, and Jon (Jeanne) McCool of Washington.
Proceeded in death by parents Dave and Lola Bangert, sisters Karen Roberts, and Deb Bonzek, Brothers Lawrence, and Larry Bangert, sister-in-law Molly Jayne Bangert, nephew Alan McCool.
A memorial service will be held later. Arrangements are under the care, and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory. In lieu of flowers or gifts, contributions in Cecil’s honor can be sent to HopeWest Hospice Delta.
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