Howard Homer Bangs

Woodcutter, papermaker, 80Howard Homer Bangs, 80, of Warrenton, formerly of Knappa, died Saturday, Jan. 10, 2004 in Portland.

Mr. Bangs was born April 10, 1923 in Lincoln, Neb., to Wilbur Harry Bangs and Lillie Hazel Amsberry Bangs. In the early 1930s, the family moved to Gaston. Mr. Bangs graduated from Gaston High School and attended Pacific University for a short time before joining the Merchant Marines, serving during World War II.

In 1943 he married Beatrice (Bea) Powell. She survives, living in Warrenton.

Mr. Bangs worked his entire life in the timber industry. He was employed by Crown Zellerbach in 1959 and retired from the Wauna paper mill in 1985. After his retirement, he cut cedar and firewood commercially until his 80th birthday. Family members say he enjoyed reading, watching sports, camping and his annual 4th of July picnic, and loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In addition to his wife of 60 years, Mr. Bangs is survived by three daughters, Virginia Moen of Santa Rosa, Calif., Karen Sabatine of Aloha and Julia Bangs of Astoria; a son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Dana Bangs of Knappa; a sister, Martha Ruth Jones of Sheridan; 13 grandchildren, Renee Scott, Kristen McDowell, Valerie Estep, Nathan Wetzel, Paul and Jason Sabatine, Cullen and Derek Bangs, Elaine Somerville, Gary Moen Jr. and Jason, Jesse and Andrew Moen; five great-grandchildren, Drew Scott, Henry and Joseph McDowell and Keely and Maddie Moen; and many nieces and nephews. A son, Lynn Bangs, died in 1975.

Memorial is 1 p.m. Thursday at Hughes-Ransom Mortuary's chapel in Astoria, with committal to follow at Ocean View Cemetery in Warrenton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Knappa High School Athletics Association.

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