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Ivan Kangas

Ivan Kangas

Aug. 21, 1943-Nov. 29, 2013

Ivan Eliel Kangas, 70, passed away Friday, November 29, 2013.

Ivan is survived by his wife Kathy; daughter Sherri (Armand) LeCrone; two sons, Shane (Michele) Kangas and James (Jeanne) Roedel; and eight siblings, Irving Kangas, Carlton (Jane) Kangas, Merle Kangas, Arlen (Yvonne) Kangas, Eldon (Michelle) Kangas, Howie (Terri) Kangas, Mary Bartel and Dagne Kangas; brother-in-law Fred Groth; and sister-in-law Nancy Kangas.

Ivan also had five grandchildren that he loved very much: Nicholas Kangas and Melissa Kangas (Shane and Michele) and Alexander Roedel, Maia Roedel and Emma Roedel (James and Jeanne).

Ivan was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Hilma Kangas); brothers, John and Steve Kangas; and sister, Lillian Groth.

Ivan was born in Detroit Lakes in 1943, raised in Wolf Lake and graduated Frazee High School in 1961. He served in the United States Air Force from 1962 to 1965, being based in Texas, Mississippi and England.

Upon returning to civilian life, he met his wife Kathy Pavola in January 1966 at the Toad Lake Fishing Derby, and the two were married July 30, 1966 in Minneapolis.

Ivan and Kathy moved around quite a bit until settling on Toad Lake in 1973. In 1984 they moved the family to Elk River, and lived there until 2006, when they built their beautiful retirement house back on Toad Lake.

Ivan was a hardworking man who held a number of jobs though out his working days. Ivan was most notably a long haul truck driver, power line construction worker and drywall taper. Ivan retired from drywall taping due to injury in 1992.

Ivan enjoyed his springs, summers and falls on Toad Lake doing gardening, taking care of his yard, helping a neighbor at a drop of a hat, spoiling his grandchildren, fishing, hunting, traveling and entertaining family and friends.

Nothing made Ivan happier than when he could entertain at the lake and share a laugh with others.

Since 2006 Ivan and Kathy would spend their winters down south, most recently in South Padre Island, Texas enjoying the beaches and sun.

All funeral arrangements are entrusted to West-Kjos Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes. More information can be found on their website at

Visitations will be held at West-Kjos Funeral Home on Wednesday, Dec. 4 from 5 to 8 p.m., and for one hour prior to funeral services on Thursday.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 5 in Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Snellman.