TERRANCE A. "TERRY" VANGENTerrance A. “Terry” Vangen, 96, longtime Pengilly resident, died on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.
Terrance A. “Terry” Vangen, 96, longtime Pengilly resident, died on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 in his home.
Born Dec. 13, 1917 in Twin Valley, Minn., he was the son of Ben C. and Olga (Helland) Vangen.
Terry attended Greenway High School, Kansas State College, the University of Maryland, and Heidelberg University in Germany. Terry and Mary G. McKenna were married on Aug. 2, 1941 in Ft. Snelling. Terry served in the United States Army from 1935 until 1960, retiring as Colonel. He was the recipient of the Purple Heart with cluster, the Silver Star, the Bronze Star with cluster, and the P.O.W. metals. He was on the United Nations staff during the Korean War, was a member of V.F.W. Post 8831, American Legion Post 307, D.A.V. Post 16, the Retired Officers Association, and the National Executive Reserve Association.
Terry was also a member of the Sons of Norway, an honorary life member of the Swan Lake Country Club, a member of the Pengilly Boosters Club, and served on the Itasca County Planning and Zoning Commission. After retiring from military service, he was appointed Deputy Director of the Minnesota Department of Emergency Services. In 1969 he was appointed Director of the “Federal Preparedness Agency” in Chicago (now FEMA). In 1970 he administered President Nixon’s Economic Stabilization Program. Terry was frequently the director for major natural disasters when federal assistance and funding was required. In 1979, Terry and his wife Mary retired to his childhood home in Pengilly.
His wife, Mary in 1987; his parents, Ben and Olga; brothers, Merlin and Orel, a great-granddaughter Celeste Diane Vangen preceded him in death.
Survivors include his children, Sharon (Paul) Ederer of St. Michael, Minn., Sheryl M. (William) Karnes of Wyoming, Minn., Terry P. (Sue) Vangen of Sylvania, Ohio, and Rick Vangen of Forest Lake, Minn.; nine grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.
VISITATION: 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 in the Peterson Funeral Chapel of Coleraine and will continue from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 in St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church in Nashwauk. Interment will be at the Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine. To leave an online condolence message, please go to petersonfuneralchapelofcoleraine.com.