Quentin G. "Quent" Mangun

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Quentin G. "Quent" Mangun, 92, of Manchester, died Jan. 30, 2013.

"I have had a wonderful life" was often spoken of late by this gentle, caring, joyful man whose life ended peacefully Wednesday morning.

Quentin and his identical twin, Kermit, were born Aug. 13, 1920, in Kansas City, Kan., to Eva and Lloyd Mangun. Being "identical" was a lifelong unique adventure of experiencing identical activities and choices, together in timing, though unplanned and miles apart.

Love and family: He first loved Marjorie Burton, whom he married in 1944, and their sons, David Mangun, and his wife, Rosemary, of Williamstown, Mass., Mark Mangun of Frankfort, Ky., and Paul Mangun, and his wife, Laurie, of Manchester. He last loved Linda Gates, friend, companion, and confidant, with whom he shared life and travel for 28 years. He loved and is fondly remembered by his grandchildren, Matthew Mangun and wife, Dee, Timothy Mangun and wife, Liz Urban, Nicole Oquendo, Eva Mangun, Joseph Mangun; and great-grandchildren, Deonna, Jazlynn, Karon, Elijah Oquendo.

Hard work:"If you're going to do it, do it right!" He worked at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft for 38 years, Aero Gear Inc., Windsor Manufacturing, and Quent's Quality Repair.

Duty and service: He was a World War II veteran, serving in the Navy in the South Pacific aboard the USS Rixey in 1945. He committed many acts of kindness and service through church and community, such as Junior Achievement, adviser, Habitat for Humanity volunteer, and blood donor for many years. He spent thousands of hours caring for North United Methodist Church and the District Parsonage. He committed innumerable acts of friendship and kindness in the neighborhood and community.

Music: Quent loved classical music, and cherished sharing his sweet tenor tones in song with the North United Methodist Church for 50 years, Gilbert and Sullivan, and Beethoven Men's Chorus for 22 years.

Travel: He appreciated seeing 48 states, rode motorcycles over 80,000 miles, climbed the Cheops pyramid in Egypt, visited the Holy Lands, and enjoyed 30 trips worldwide with Linda.

Highlights and humor: He rode out a typhoon aboard ship in Buckner Bay, Okinawa; carried the Olympic Torch in 1996; was always curious and enjoyed learning new things; and told endless jokes to entertain family, friends and audiences alike.

Thanks: Quent would wish this to be said, "You, his family and friends, are what has made his life very, very rich!

Services: Visitation with the family will be Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at 1 p.m. at North United Methodist Church, 300 Parker St., Manchester, followed by memorial service at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Laurel Scott officiating. Refreshment and fellowship will be at the church immediately after the service.

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Published in Journal Inquirer from Feb. 1 to Feb. 5, 2013
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