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John "Rj" F. Bangs Jr.

May 6, 1953 — February 3, 2022

John F. Bangs Jr., age 68, passed away on Thursday, February 3, 2022, at Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh. He was born on May 6, 1953, in Petersburg, VA to the late John Sr. and Doloros (Busse) Bangs.

John is survived by his sisters: Cindy Meinen, DeDe Bangs (Michael Haeger); niece and nephews: Gary Meinen Jr, Jerrod Meinen, Shelly Gudden; and great nieces and nephews: Caleb, Madelyn, Alexys and Malakai.

Sailing from an early age, RJ “Regatta John” was an avid sailor, and loved the lake.  He was a lifelong member of the Oshkosh Yacht Club. He raced Sol Cat catamarans, winning numerous awards and championships.

John was a fan of music, particularly punk and ambient. He lived briefly in Leeds, England. It was there he became enamored of Indian food, making a great Chicken Biryani. He had an irreverent sense of humor, and was a fan of South Park, Divine and John Waters films.

John took up digital photography, taking thousands of photos over the years. He photographed for the EAA Seaplane base, boat races, nature, and photos of his travels favorite topics. He loved dogs, always having treats readily at hand.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Oshkosh Area Humane Society, 1925 Shelter Ct, Oshkosh, WI 54901.

There are no services currently planned.

Sail on brother, the lake awaits you.

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