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Kenneth Zander Stange, a former Forest Parker, died on Nov. 1, in Las Vegas, at 80 years old. He was born on July 3, 1931 in Forest Park and lived in Las Vegas for 11 years.

He retired from Commonwealth Edison in Maywood, after 43 years of service. Ken was an active member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, in Forest Park, before moving to Las Vegas.

Ken served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was a member of the VFW Post 7181 and post commander. He also was a member of the Forest Park American Legion Post 414.

Ken was active in Forest Park politics: he was first elected to the Park District of Forest Park in April 1963 and served just under 38 years (10 of them as president of the board).  He still holds the distinction of being the longest serving park district commissioner in the 77 year history of the park district. Ken was also elected and served as a village commissioner.

Ken is survived by his wife of 35 years, Angeline; several brothers-in-law; his many nieces and nephews; his great-nieces and great-nephews; and his cousins.  He was preceded in death by his parents Mabel and Benjamin; and his brothers, George, Roy and Wesley.  

Services were held on Nov. 12, at Reformation Lutheran Church, in Las Vegas, Nev. His remains will be brought back to Woodlawn Cemetery, 7750 Cermak Rd., next spring.