HANCOCK - Andrew Conrad Kangas, 84, a long time resident of Hancock, died on Nov. 26, 2012, at the Omega House in Houghton.
He was born June 30, 1928, in Hancock, son of the late Matthias and Edna (Pelto) Kangas of Ingot Street and later in Chassell.
He attended Hancock High School, Suomi College and later Lawrence Tech. Andrew was fondly known as Antti to his Finnish friends and family, and later, as Andy A-frame.
Andrew served in the U.S. Air Force from 1947 to 1950.
Andy married Mildred Marjorie Lum on June 17, 1950, in Hempstead, N.Y., and later moved to Detroit, where they raised their two children, James Andrew and Judy Ann (Link).
Andrew was employed by RP Scherer and then Fisher Body (GM) in Detroit. Andy and Millie had a close-knit neighborhood in Detroit where Andy was known to lend a hand, lay a roof, repair a car or help out.
Andrew founded the "Superior Search and Rescue" in 1989, and was a CPR teacher for Red Cross. He was also a member of the "HAM" radio club (N8ZBK) and retired member of the Boston Fire Department. He was employed by Superior Manufacturing and then worked as DNR for McLain State Park and then at Twin Lakes State Park. He was an avid hunter, though only taking one deer in his life, but rather enjoyed time with the guys. He loved to fish and often used a spoon no self-respecting fish would ever bite. Andrew will be remembered for his quick wit, his great sense of humor and his love of family.
Andrew is preceded in death by his parents, Matt and Edna; three brothers, Wayne, Matt and Elbert; and one sister, Ingrid.
Surviving include his wife, Mildred (Lum) Kangas; son, James Andrew Kangas and his special friend, Sandy Lapeer; daughter, Judy Ann (James) Link; grandchildren, James Kangas, Angela (Paul) Leverenz, Joel Vargo and Andrea Vargo; two great-grandchildren, Jacob Moomaw and London Vargo Lark; one sister, Ruth Groth; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family gratefully acknowledges the wonderful care received from the Omega Hospice Home and Portage Hospice team.
Family remembrance for Andy will be held June 30, 2013, in Chassell.
Arrangements are being handled by the Jukuri-Antila funeral Home of Hancock, Antila Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at antilafuneral.com.