KENNETH EDWIN PANGBURN

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KENNETH EDWIN PANGBURN 10/23/1927 - 3/21/2014 On March 21, 2014, Kenneth Edwin Pangburn, beloved husband to Florence, father of their daughter Kristina LaMae Pangburn, brother to four remaining of the 12 siblings born to Clarence and Ruth Pangburn, was born on October 23, 1927, and went home early Friday morning to be with his beloved Savior, Jesus Christ. Ken was 86 at the time of his home going and a 15 year resident of Hesperia, having moved from San Dimas, CA after his retirement. Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, he attended Roosevelt High School and at 14 while delivering newspapers, news was reported that Japan had bombed Pearl Harbor and at the moment his desire was to serve his country. Upon graduation in June 1946 he enlisted into the U.S. Army. Ken was a veteran of World War II Occupation Forces and served in direct combat during the Korean War. He was with the first team of 2000 men from the 24th Division who were shipped to Pusan, Korea coming from Japan. Soon, he would become a Tank Commander of the Pershing M25 tank (M3Al 90mm) which was located in Pusan at the time. Since he was not an infantryman, but ordnance, his missions were varied and dangerous taking him to the Chosin Reservoir during the coldest winter, and up to the Chinese Border to deliver armament supplies to our military. Ken was awarded the WWII Victory Medal; Army of Occupation Medal WWII with Japan Clasp; National Defense Service Medal and Honorable Service Label Button WWII for his Korean service: Good Conduct Medal; Korean Service Medal with one silver Service star; United Nations Service Medal; and Korean Presidential Unit Citation. He was presented with a Letter of Commendation for outstanding performance of the Ord Base Depot No.1, from Ordnance Headquarters, Korea. This letter was for a direct commission in applying for Officers Candidate School. He was also presented with sharpshooter badge with carbine bar. While at Fort Knox Armament Training, he attended school to learn how to communicate with and interrogate the Japanese in obtaining pertinent information to forward to the U.S. military intelligence. After his "Secret" tours, he returned for employment at the White Sands Proving Grounds, in New Mexico, then relocated to Azusa, CA to work at Aerojet Electrosystems as a Contracts negotiator on aerospace, military and defense contracts. He concluded his work experience with The Ralph M. Parsons Company, located in Pasadena and was responsible for all their DOE/nuclear engineering proposals/ contracts. Ken and Florence attend the Turning Point Church located in Victorville. A celebration of his wonderful life as husband, father, brother and friend will be held Sunday, March 30, 2013 during the morning service (lO:OOam) at the Turning Point Church, 12152 Cottonwood, Victorville, CA 92395 (760) 243-0300. Ken was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Ruth, brother Bob, sisters, Delores, Grace, Marcia, Patricia, Beverly and Gail. His son Richard David Pangburn, born in Yokohama, Japan, served as a Coast Guard Veteran from 1969-1970 passed away in 2007. He is survived by his wife of 46-years, Florence, daughter Kristina of Northridge, CA; sisters Sandra (Larry) Koska, and Hope Skalsky; brothers Curtis (Ceil) and Russell Pangburn all living in MN; brother-in-law Dewayne Goss of OJai, CA and many nieces and nephews. And, of course many wonderful friends and veteran buddies from the Victorville Vet Center. Must not forget his Bichons Frises, Charlie, Barnaby and Roudy and his faithful nurse companion Solomon our black feline who was always caring/consoling him as he rested on Ken's lap. Ken will be laid to rest at Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 VanBuren Blvd., Riverside, CA. Kern Mortuary of Hesperia is handling his final details. Ken's niece, Robin Stewart of Eden Prairie, MN sent this poem by Maya Angelow regarding her Uncle Ken and it says: " ...And when great souls die, After a period peace blooms, slowly and always irregularly, spaces fill with a kind of soothing electric vibration. Our senses restored never to be the same, whisper to us. They existed. They existed. We can be. Be and be better. For they existed ... "
Published in the Daily Press from Mar. 28 to Mar. 29, 2014
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