December 10, 1957 - April 30, 2017
James J. Wangler Jr., a United States Bowling Congress board member, died May 30 following a battle with cancer. He was 59.
Born and raised in Buffalo, Mr. Wangler graduated from Maryvale High School and went on to study at Medaille College.
He worked as a facilities coordinator at the Galleria Mall for 16 years.
He was well known in the bowling community of Western New York. As a USBC board member, he was an ambassador for the sport of bowling and the USBC Open tournament. Each year he would arrange for multiple teams from the Buffalo area to bowl in the USBC Open under the name "Cancer Can't Kill Hope," in an attempt to bring awareness to both those who were lost and to those still fighting cancer. He bowled in the tournament for 24 years, dating back to 1993.
Mr. Wangler bowled 29 perfect games and had 17 sets of over 800.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, the former Nancy Flatley; sons James and Patrick and daughter Kimberly Reitmeier.
A Mass of Christian Burial took place at 9:30 a.m. May 4 in St. Martha Parish, 10 French Road, Depew.