Gary Richard Tangen, 52, died Nov. 2, 2013, at his home in Sikeston, Mo., after a courageous battle with cancer. A memorial service was Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. at Ponder Funeral Home in Sikeston.

He was born Aug. 4, 1961, in Topeka, Kan., to the late Gilman and Pauline (Blaess) Tangen. Gary graduated from Decorah High School and had worked on the Bridge Crew for Missouri Department of Transportation for 25 years. He married Jo Ann Ocheskey Aug. 8, 1981.

He is survived by his wife, Jo Ann Tangen, Sikeston, Mo.; two sons, Kyle Richard Tangen and Dylan Michael Tangen, both of Sikeston, Mo.; two brothers, Randy (Lisa) Tangen, of Decorah and their daughters, Rachel and Breanna, and Jeff (Deanna Fisher) Tangen, of Rudd.