Dean Piper Mangus (1925 - 2018)

Obituary
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    - Lola Mitchell

June 17, 1925 -
October 10, 2018

Dean Mangus of Eugene, Oregon passed away on October 10, 2018 from a sudden illness. Dean was born on June 17, 1925 to Philip C. and Beatrice Piper Mangus in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Upon graduation from Southmont HS he enlisted in the US Army Air Corp and served from 1943-45 as an airplane mechanic, rank of sergeant, in the 39th fighter squadron of the 35th fighter group in the Pacific theater during WW II. After the war he returned to Johnstown and received a Bachelors degree in Business from The University of Pittsburgh. In 1948 he married Geraldine (Geri) Marley, his "beautiful brunette" also of Johnstown, and moved to Pittsburgh, PA where he worked for Harbison Walker Refractories in the sales department for 32 years. Dean and Geri raised their two children in Pittsburgh and then moved back to Johnstown in 1982 to care for Dean's mother. Geri passed away on September 20, 2000 from complications related to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Dean moved to Eugene, OR in 2003 and lived with his daughter Marilyn and son-in-law Joe O'Brien, and their children Philip and Michael O'Brien. Dean was a loving and generous father and grandfather, lifelong Pittsburgh Steelers fan, and a more recent Duck fan including football and women's basketball. He especially enjoyed celebrating with friends after basketball games and gatherings with our extended family of friends in Eugene. He loved gardening, wine tasting, dancing, and a good Manhattan. He is survived by his son Jeff of Holiday, Florida (former Lynn Mangus of River Falls, WI), and daughter Marilyn and her husband Joe O'Brien of Eugene, OR. Grandchildren include Leigh Edwards (Chad, and great grandson Elliot] of Woodbury, Minnesota, Russell Mangus (Megan) of Anchorage, Alaska, Philip O'Brien (partner Kelly Fitzpatrick] of Longmont, CO, and Michael O'Brien of Portland, OR,

There will be a private celebration of life for friends and family. Donations to a veteran's organization of your choice can be made in Dean's memory.

Published in Eugene Register-Guard on Nov. 1, 2018
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