PAHRUMP, Nev. - Kenneth W. Kangas, 71, of Pahrump, Nev., passed away on Saturday, March 23, 2013, in Pahrump.
Kenneth was born on March 31, 1941, in Carlsbad, N.M., the son of the late Rauni Kangas and Lulie (Ketola) Groop. Kenneth was raised in Carlsbad until 1956 when he moved to Amasa with his mother and sister. He graduated from Amasa High School in 1959.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served for 9 1/2 years as an electronics technician. He married Anita (Ward) and they lived in California, Nevada, Ohio, and Washington before moving to Pahrump five years ago to enjoy their retirement. Kenneth was employed as a laser research scientist. He designed and built many lasers that were involved in our technological advancement.
He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He was an avid fan of the Seattle Mariners and enjoyed the Nascar races.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Anita; a daughter, Kristen (Craig) Swan of Pahrump; two sons, Matthew (Karen) Kangas, of Covington, Wash., and Rauni Kangas of Daegu, South Korea; two sisters, Virginia (Charles) Nelson of Crystal Falls and Sandra (Tim) Adkins of Durham, Calif.; two brothers, Steven Kangas of Oroville, Calif., and Stanley (Loretta) Kangas of San Jose, Calif.; and grandchildren, Colt Martinson, Jackson Swan and Eric and Lily Kangas; and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Michael Kangas; and his infant sons, Kenneth Jr. and Michael Kangas.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, June 6, at 2 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church in Amasa, with Pastor Michael Laakko of United Lutheran Church officiating.
Burial will be in the Hematite Township Cemetery in Amasa. The Eastside Veterans' Council will conduct full military graveside honors.