June R. Wangsgard
June R. Wangsgard passed away on July 23, 2013 in Lancaster, Calif. June was born in Minnesota on May 7, 1925.
When she was 8 years old, her family lost their Texas ranch during the depression and began traveling with circuses back and forth across the country performing trick-riding and other horse acts, eventually settling in the San Fernando Valley training animals for the movie and television industry. All through her childhood, June spent many a happy day caring for and riding horses.
After the war, she married and had three sons that kept her busy as a leader in PTA and Boy Scouting. Through all those years, she was dreaming of having horses again someday.
In 1974, at age 49, June and her husband, Val Wangsgard, retired and moved to Mustang Mesa, north of Bishop. She was active in the Mule Days Parade, the Inyo County Fair, Republican Women, teaching obedience dog training and competing in horse dressage, jumping and carriage-driving. She loved the Eastern Sierra ranches and communities, especially Bishop.
In 2001, at age 76, she moved to Lancaster to be near her son, and continued carriage driving and serving with Republican Women.
June is survived by her sons, Chris (Kathy) Wangsgard and Neil (Melanie) Wangsgard; daughter-in-law, Jody Wangsgard; grandsons, Todd Wangsgard and Jonathan (Julie) Wangsgard; as well as three great-grandchildren, Katherine, Ellie and Silas Wangsgard.
June was preceded in death by her husband, Val J. Wangsgard; sister, Elizabeth Day; and son, Lance J. Wangsgard. A celebration of her life will be held at East Line Street Cemetery, 2000 Poleta Rd., Bishop, at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14. The Rev. Freda Lindsay will officiate.