Melvyn Curtiss Wangberg, 68, of Palermo passed away April 21, 2012 in Oroville with his family by his side. Visitation will be held at Scheer Memorial Chapel, Sunday April 29, 2012 from 1 to 5 p.m. Services will be held at Scheer Memorial Chapel, April 30, 2012, at 11 a.m.
Melvyn was born August 3, 1943, in Oroville California to Inez and Donald Wangberg, of Paradise, California. Donald owned a rice farm in Richvale until he retired in the early 70’s. Both his parents were extremely active and his father served on the board of directors at the Paradise Alliance Church.
Melvyn graduated High School at Biggs High School in 1961 and completed some college courses at Yuba and Butte Community College. He was employed as a Maintenance Supervisor at Koppers Industries for 33 years, he was also the Chief of the Palermo Volunteer Fire Company No. 72 until he retired in 2010. He also worked for Butte County Public Works for 6 years. He was a Butte County Volunteer Fireman Co. 72 for 30 years; Chief, Palermo Community Council Member for 27 years. He was also a Band Booster Member for 14 years, Ducks Unlimited Member, and a Harley Hog Member. Melvyn was a loving father and a husband of 41 years. He enjoyed spending time with his family and his Jack Russell, Rocky. He was an active member of his community and one of his greatest joys was being of help to others. He loved to hunt, fish, ride his Harley and spend time with his family. He has Received Fireman of the Year from the Oroville Rotary 1991, the Resolution of Appreciation and Commendation from the Butte County, Board of Supervisors in 1987 for his role in extinguishing the explosive fire at Koppers Industries. Served as Grand Marshal for the Las Plumas/Oroville Band Booster Festivo 1993 and also Served as Grand Marshal for the Palermo Field Day Parade 1998.
He was preceded in death by his parents Inez and Donald Wangberg, of Paradise and his brother Douglas Wangberg, of Oroville.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Wangberg, of Palermo, California; daughters, Susan Wangberg, of Alameda, California and Nancy Wangberg, of Chico, California; sister and brother-in-law Mary and Jon Dickey, of Paradise, California; brother Stan Wangberg, of Anderson, brother-in-law Royce Andes, of Biggs, California and brother Maurice Wangberg, of Juneau, Alaska.
Contributions can me made to Palermo Grange or Cancer Resource Center #B0986. UCSF Foundation, Lockbox 45339, SF, CA 94145-0339
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Glen Oaks Memorial Park.