Larry Wangen, age 73, a resident of Edmonds, WA since 1997, passed away Monday July 27, 2015 at the Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle, Washington. He was born October 3, 1941 in New Rockford, North Dakota to Obert and Violet (Pfeiffer) Wangen.
Larry grew up in North Dakota and at age 13, he and his family moved to Larry grew Lynnwood, WA where he graduated from Edmonds High School in 1959. After graduation, he served in the U.S. Army as a surveyor. Upon his discharge, he attended and graduated from Western Washington University in Bellingham and eventually earned his PHD in Chemistry from the University of Washington in Seattle. Larry began his career as a research scientist working for Argon National Laboratories in Chicago, Los Alamos National Lab in New Mexico, International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria, and he later did consulting work for the government at PNNC in Richland, WA.
While residing in Los Alamos, he was a longtime member of United Church of Los Alamos and was involved with Stephens Ministries and since residing in Edmonds he volunteered with the Shibba program at the Edmonds Senior Center. He enjoyed hiking, keeping physical fit, reading, but most of all he enjoyed his family, they were his whole life.
Larry was married to Judith M. VanderWoude on September 10, 1965 in Everett, WA and they would have celebrated their 50th anniversary this September.
He is survived by his wife Judith Wangen of Edmonds, WA. A son Rick H. Wangen and his wife Shelley and their daughter, McKenna of Newcastle, WA. A daughter, Pastor Rachel Wangen-Hoch and her husband Pastor Eric Wangen-Hoch and their sons, Elijah and Jonah of Sedro-Woolley, WA. 3 brothers, Richard Wangen of Seattle, WA, George Wangen of Edmonds, WA, and David Wangen of Chehalis, WA, and a sister, Marylynn Wangen of Centralia, WA. Numerous nieces and nephews. Larry was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Douglas.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 1:00PM at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Sedro-Woolley, WA with Pastor Jana Schofield of Christ Lutheran Church of Ferndale, WA officiating with a reception to follow at the church. On Saturday, August 8, 2015 at 2:00PM a Celebration of Life Service will be held at United Church in Los Alamos, NM with Pastor Kathleen Logan officiating with inurnment to follow in the church niche wall. Memorials are suggested to Family Promise of Skagit Valley PO Box 335 Sedro-Woolley, WA 98285, Pajarito Enviromental Education Center 2600 Canyon Rd Los Alamos, NM 87544 or a charity or congregation of your choice.