Howie Kangas Obituary, Death, Perham Minnesota, Funeral Details

Howie Kangas Obituary, Death – We must share the sad news of the demise of a local legend with you. Elston Howard “Howie” Kangas passed away on Wednesday evening. He was only 65 at the time. “I am deeply saddened to report that Howie Kangas passed away last night,” Superintendent Lee Westrum said in an email to WDC employees. “Howie joined the Wolverine family in 2012 as a physical education teacher and Head Football coach. Howie is currently part-time teaching 5th/6th grade physical education and adaptive physical education at the Middle/High School.

Please keep Howie’s family in your prayers and thoughts.” Kangas was named as the Wolverines’ head coach in June 2012 and has a 16-48 record in seven seasons. He took over a WDC squad that had only 17 players clothed at the close of the 2011 season and had won only four of its previous 53 games. He stepped down at the end of the 2018 season. Kangas formerly coached football at Perham for 18 years before joining WDC. He stepped down in 2009 after leading the Yellowjackets to a 119-65 record and a.647 winning percentage.

He guided Perham to the state playoffs three times, twice making it to the semifinals. “We are deeply saddened by Howie Kangas’ death and wish to express our condolences to his wife Terri, family, and friends,” WDC Activities Director Norm Gallant stated. “Howie was already a legend when he joined the Wadena-Deer Creek Community as a Physical Education Instructor and Football Coach in 2012,” Gallant continued. “As an elementary physical education teacher, he endeared himself to countless young people with a kind word and a nickname for everyone.” He was a ‘character’ in the purest and most loving meaning of the term. Everyone had Howie stories and smiled when they talked about him.