Howard Mangin

Mangin, Col. Howard Eugene "Gene"

MADISON – Col. Howard Eugene "Gene" Mangin, age 87, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020.

Born in Indianapolis, Ind., he attended Cathedral High School. A gifted athlete, Gene played football for Butler University, where he was awarded a scholarship to play the game he loved. Upon graduation, Gene entered the U.S. Air Force, where he had a long and decorated career as a command pilot. He served in Korea and was a Vietnam War veteran. A dedicated commander, Gene was a recipient of many medals, including the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters. He retired after 32 years of service to his country and then worked in Acquisition Logistics for the Department of Defense.

Gene believed in giving back to his world, volunteering at the Air Force Museum and actively helping to run Enon Relief, a local food pantry. He loved music, was a formidable card player (counting the cards), mixed a mean drink, was a talented toastmaster, and a very knowledgeable sports fan. Gene's wonderful wit and sense of humor stayed with him until he took his final flight.

He is survived by his loving wife, Claire C. Mangin (Weber); their daughter, Amy Mangin-Foley (Ronald Foley); and son, Michael J. Mangin (Dawn Mangin); grandson, Douglas C. Foley; sisters-in-law, Ruth Weber and Jane Peerson; and brother-in-law, Paul Weber (Ann); and a wonderful family of the Mangin and Weber clans. He was preceded in death by his parents, Caroline and Theodore "Ted" Mangin; his siblings, Mildred Lark (Bud), Martin Mangin (Verna), Carl Mangin (Cecelia and Grace), Mary Donahue (Larry), Harriet Miller (Harry), Eileen Breiner (Lewis), Paul Mangin (Frannie); and brothers-in-law, Harry Weber and Joe Peerson.

Due to Covid-19, a life celebration will be held at an undetermined time in the future. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you support a veteran organization, food pantry or hospice facility. And also, be sure to thank a veteran, and of course, to cheer for the Butler Bulldogs!

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2810 Crossroads Dr. Suite 4000

Madison, WI. 53718

(608) 237-6116

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Published by on Sep. 20, 2020.
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I am so sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you all, I so enjoyed the euchre tournaments we played and thank you for your service.
Norene Olson
September 20, 2020
Gene, I'm going to miss you, friend! We've enjoyed some great time together and those I'll never forget. What a life you had, but I'm not surprised. You and Claire raised an amazing son-in-law for my daughter, and I am so greatful for that. Sympathies to Claire, your children and grandson, and of course, all your family and friends! RIP Gene, you deserve it.
Dave Zick
September 20, 2020
It's a beautiful life Gene lived, and many lives he touched! I will miss his friendship and wonderful sense of humor, however his prowess as an excellent card player has surely bitten the best of us, but if we didn't learn a thing or two from his expertise, we weren't paying attention! My condolences to his beautiful wife Claire and his son Michael, and daughter Amy, and their spouses and grandson. They too are such special people. Also to the rest of his family my sympathies. There will never be another quite like Gene, he was one of a kind who put a stamp on my heart from our first meeting. Rest in peace my friend, we loved you.
Sandi Zick
September 20, 2020