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Walter Kangas

Walter Kangas

July 7, 1927-May 8, 2013

Walter C. "Bee" Kangas, 85, of Osage, died Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at Oak Crossing in Detroit Lakes.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday, May 13 at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Snellman. Interment will be in the Snellman Ceme-tery.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 12, with a 7 p.m. prayer service, at David-Donehower Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes, and at the church one hour prior to services on Mon-day.

Walter Clarence Kangas, known as "Bee," was born to Walter J and Hanna (Errikilla) Kangas on July 7, 1927 in Chi-cago, Ill. He was raised by his grandparents in rural Wolf Lake, and was educated there. As a young man, he worked in the ship yards out west prior to serving with the U.S. Army.

Following his discharge, he returned to rural Osage. Bee was united in marriage to Verna Pihlaja, July 13, 1949 in rural Osage. They farmed in rural Becker County until moving to Chicago for four years. They moved back to rural Osage and Bee worked as a certified welder for a number of construction companies. Verna died in 2002.

Bee enjoyed fishing, trapping, hunting and going to the "library" with Delbert.

Survivors include a daughter, Mavis (Russell) Davis of Rochert; six grandchildren: Stacey Kangas, Kailey Kangas, Jill (Steve) Boder, Luke (Brittany) Kangas, Heather (Jack) Everson and Ryan Davis; and 10 great grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, Verna, he was preceded in death by a son, Jody; his parents, Hanna and Walter; and a brother, John "Sonny" Kangas.

David-Donehower Funeral Home is serving the family. Memories may be shared online at