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Walter W. Pangburn – Obituary

Name: Walter W. Pangburn

Age: 63

Born: 04-19-1955

Died: 07-11-2018

Daniel Funeral Home, St. Joseph, Minnesota

Daniel Funeral Home,St. Joseph, Minnesota

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at the Daniel Funeral Home in St. Joseph for Walter W. Pangburn, age 63, of Sauk Rapids and formerly of Merrifield, who passed away on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at his home. A time of sharing will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.

Walter was born on April 19, 1955 to James and Maryann (Geer) Pangburn in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was united in marriage to Deborah Lee Thompson on October 18, 1975 in  Minneapolis. Walter worked for the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board as a foreman, retiring after 30 years of service. He was a member of the Brainerd FocalPoint Photography Club, the Brainerd Northland Arboretum and the Laborers’ International Union of North America Local 363.

Walter loved spending time with his family and friends, especially his children. He was a certified master naturalist who enjoyed spending time in and teaching people about nature. Part of spending time in nature included his passion for geocaching, which recently included 80 straight days of locating caches. Walter also enjoyed nature photography, camping at State Parks and volunteering at the Northland Arboretum. He will be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor and love of his family.

He is survived by his mother, Maryann Foster; children, Karlee (Dave) Schramel and Dusten; sisters, Bonnie Pangburn and Kathy Pangburn; brothers-in-law, Gary Thompson, Tom (Karen) Thompson and Rob (Jane) Thompson and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Deborah on December 30, 2010; father, James Pangburn; sister, Marietta Geer, and mother and father-in-law, Ken (Marilyn) Thompson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Guestbook for Walter W. Pangburn

Christine Peasley
, Wife of his Uncle Bill
July 21, 2018, 3:08 am
He was a talented photographer and though I only knew him since January, but we were very good friends and he helped me! I love you Wally!💕
Lynn, Wayne, Kevin and Alan Detzler
, Friends
July 20, 2018, 5:16 pm
We were so sorry to hear that Walt passed away. We have so many fond memories of our time with Walt and Boy Scouts. He was a dedicated Scout Master who guided the Scouts and their parents with care, kindness, humor and friendship .We were blessed to have him in our lives. To Walt's family, our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Robin Peterson
, Friend
July 18, 2018, 10:54 pm
My prayers for your family. I know you are now at peace and pain free. You were a friend and inspiration to all.
Rachel Petesen
, Friend of the Family
July 18, 2018, 3:57 pm
You were a good man and loved your family so much. You tried to do good for your community and tried to make the world a better place for all. I loved seeing your photos and I hope I can get half as good as you were. RIP Uncle Fish Face. This was his nickname. PS I still have your fish pillow you gave me on my 18th birthday its up at the cabin.
Peg Serani
, Friend
July 17, 2018, 2:03 pm
There are no words to express our sorrow on the loss of Walter - he was an amazing man that made the best of every situation - the worse cards that were dealt to him, the more positive he became. I miss my friend...
David Israel
, Friend
July 16, 2018, 3:48 am
I was privileged to get to know Walter over the last several years through our mutual interest in photography. I will miss his positive attitude and sense of humor.
Crystal Olson
, friend
July 16, 2018, 2:09 am
I enjoyed seeing Walter's adventures in his daily Facebook posts. He was truly living life to it's fullest! He will be missed.
Janice Swanberg
, Cousin
July 15, 2018, 7:13 pm
Our sympathy on the loss of Walter. We plan to attend the service on Sat..
cynthia (geer) vandenberg and lyle
, cousin
July 14, 2018, 9:09 pm
our sympathy and prays
marcella solberg
, Cousin
July 14, 2018, 6:50 pm
YOU Have Our Sympathy

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