Floyd E. Hangen


April 5, 2010 - 12:00 AM


(October 13, 1930 -April 3, 2010)
Floyd E. Hangen, 79, of Iola, Kan., died Saturday, April 3, 2010, at his home.
Floyd was born Oct. 13, 1930, in Dayton, Ohio, the son of Cleo John and Glenna Myrle (Welsh) Hangen. He grew up in Ohio and graduated from Butler Township High School in Vandalia, Ohio. He joined the U.S. Navy and served four years during the Korean Conflict, for which he received the Navy Air Medal.
On Aug. 6, 1952, Floyd married Ruth A. Weber in Lordsburg, N.M. They made their home in Tucson, Ariz., Tulsa, Okla., and Wichita, Kan., where he worked in the aircraft industry.
He then began his career for the U.S. Department of Defense as a quality assurance specialist at missile sites around Salina and Topeka, Kan., before moving to San Diego, Calif., in 1963, where he worked on the Atlas and Cruise Missile Projects, frequently traveling to Cape Canaveral and Washington D.C. He retired as a project supervisor on Jan. 1, 1986, and he and Ruth moved to Borrego Springs, Calif. They moved to Iola 16 years ago from Borrego Springs.
Floyd was mechanically inclined and enjoyed building dune buggies with his son in his earlier years and then worked on and restored antique radios in his later years. As a father he served many years as a Little League umpire and coach in San Diego. He and Ruth enjoyed traveling in their motor home after retirement, spending winters in El Cajon, Calif., with their son and family, and summers in Iola, with their daughter and family. He was an avid San Diego Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs fan. His interests included history, reading, genealogy, and computers. He had an active e-mail and Facebook correspondence.
He especially enjoyed his family — his children, grandchildren and great grandson, and was known for his skill at smoking pork ribs which were enjoyed at every family occasion, summer and winter.
He was a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth A. Hangen of the home; a son, Floyd Wayne Hangen and his wife, Sue, El Cajon, Calif.; a daughter, Kathleen and her husband, Dr. Darrell Monfort, Iola; six grandchildren, Nicole Linder and her husband, Travis, Stephanie Hangen, Roy Monfort, Anne-Louise Monfort and her friend, Brian Dolny, Andrew Monfort and Erin Monfort; a great-grandson, Rylan Linder; three brothers, Gaynor Hangen, Grand Bay, Ala., Tom Hangen, Peach Tree City, Ga., and Jerry Hangen, Temecula, Calif.; four sisters, Zealtha Trice, Grand Junction, Colo., Charlene Heeter, Pensacola, Fla., Thelma Jackson, Gulf Shores, Ala., and Maxine George of Tucson, Ariz.; his beloved dog, Frosty Hangen; as well as many nieces and nephews and extended family members.
He was preceded in death by an infant brother, Leo Hangen, a brother, John Hangen, and a sister, Myone McDowell.
Family and friends will gather at the Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Chapel in Iola at 9:30 am. Wednesday, April 7, 2010, for a time of visitation before services at 10 a.m. in the funeral chapel. Chaplain Lloyd W. Houk will officiate. Military graveside services will follow in Highland Cemetery.
Memorials to Allen County Animal Rescue Facility (ACARF) may be left at the funeral home.
Online condolences for the family may be left on this Web site, www.iolafuneral.com.


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