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Pierre ‘Pete’ Mangen
Pierre “Pete” Mangen, age 93, of Miles City passed away on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at the VA Community Living Center surrounded by his son, pastor and nurses.
Pete was born August 23, 1923 in Kingsley, Montana the son of Katie and Theodore Mangen. He grew up and attended rural country school where he and his brothers George and Chris rode 2 ½ miles each way to school. Pete and his brothers batched it in a one room log house. Pete worked his way through high school at the N.Y.A (National Youth Administration) where he made $21 a month stoking the furnace, sweeping floors, and cleaning chalk boards at the grade school. During school Pete came in with his class to attend a music festival in Miles City in which the whole class rode in the back of a cattle truck the whole 80 miles to Miles City. Pete graduated from Powder River High School on May 1, 1942.
Pete took a test in Miles City for aircraft electrical school in Eugene, Oregon. He passed and graduated from the program in November 1942. He then went to Geiger Filed in Spokane, Washington where he worked until October 1943 when he was drafted. He served in the 1636th Engineering Construction Battalion at Camp Abbott, Oregon.
He graduated from New York Electrical Trade School in August of 1944. He ended up in Fort Lewis in Washington and trained for overseas duty. In February of 1945 he landed in LeHavre, France. He served in 3 continents, 2 wars, 3 battles in Europe the Phillipines and Japan. After serving in 3 theaters Pete was honorably discharged in 1946.
Following his discharge Pete began working in Billings for Yellowstone Electric and Mike’s Electric Co. his work took him to Big Timber, Harlowton, Shelby, Lewistown and eventually to Miles City where he worked on the Court House. It was then Pete met the love of his life Jane Dale at the Crossroads in Miles City. They were married on September 3, 1949 and to this union had three children Mike, Val and Doug. Together they worked raising their family in Miles City where Pete worked for Miles City Electric and then the radar base.
Eventually Pete started his own Electric Motor Shop in 1960 at 201 S. 6th Street. There he rewound and repaired motors and power tools. In the late 1960’s he became the first part time state electrical inspector. In 1972 he purchased a lot from his mother-in-law Gladys and began construction on a new shop building. In 1973 he incorporated and formed Mangen’s Electric Inc. An addition was added in 1985 to have more room. He worked at the shop up until 2014 coming in daily to answer the phone and putter on motor projects.
After his wife of 65 years passed away on January 4, 2015, he went to Billings for a month before moving back to Miles City living in the Eagles Manor until December of 2015. He then went to the VA Community Living Center where he has resided since.
Pete was the past Master of the Yellowstone Masonic Lodge 26 AFAM and past patron of the Order of Eastern Star. He was a lifetime member of the VFW and 1st Baptist Church. One of Pete’s biggest honors was being able to travel to Washington D.C. as a member of the Big Sky Honor Flight. Pete’s biggest honor was being a father and grandfather to his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Pete is survived by his son Mike (Dorrie) Mangen of Billings, MT and their sons Jeremy and Andy; his daughter Val (Larry) Edwards of Goodyear, AZ and their kids: Matt (Erin) Edwards and Haley, Noah and Emily; Jennifer (Brandon) Lantis and Jayson and Dylan; and his son Doug Mangen of Miles City, MT; his sister-in-law Frances Mangen of Sioux Falls, SD. Numerous nieces and nephews and his family in Luxembourg with whom he and Dale visited.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 65 years Jane Dale Mangen, his brothers George and Chris Mangen; sister-in-law, Loretta Mangen; brother and sister-in-law, Vince and Harriet Haworth.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home with family receiving friends from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church. Interment will follow in the Custer County Cemetery with full military honors.
Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home of Miles City is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the 1st Baptist Church, Wake Up and Lace Up or a charity of your choice.