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Pius "Pete" Hangartner

Pius Pete Hangartner

July 14, 1944 - September 21, 2011

Pete was born in Altsttten SG, Switzerland, where he apprenticed to be a cheese maker. At the young age of 20 he journeyed across the Atlantic to ply his trade throughout Canada and the United States before settling down in Southern Oregon.

He had many other jobs in his time with us, the most notable of which was baking cheesecakes, but his true passion was making cheese. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and catching up on old times. It didn't matter to whom, or about what, anyone who knew him knew that he loved to shoot the breeze.

Pete was the best father a son could ask for. He always supported his boys in every aspect of life, including attending just about every sporting event Erich and Mario competed in. Pete will continue to be missed and loved by so many who had the privilege of knowing him.

He is survived by his two sons, Erich and Mario, and Lilo Hangartner. There will be a memorial potluck luncheon in his honor for family and friends at Madrone Hill Mobile Park, 8401 Old Stage Rd., Central Point, OR 97502, Sunday, October 9, 2011, at 12:00 p.m.