July 11, 1925 – Monday, July 28, 2008
Peterson Chapel St. Michael/Al
Roger K. Vogen, age 83, Albertville, and formerly of North Minneapolis, died Monday, July 28, 2008 at North Memorial Hospital.
On July 11, 1925, Roger Kenneth Vogen was born to Olaf Emil and Kristine M. (Norswing) Vogen in Kenyon. As a young man, Roger served in the Army (during WWII) and was married to Gladys M. Lieb they were blessed with seven children. In the mid-80’s, Robert T. Smith, a columnist of the Star Tribune, did a Father’s Day tribute feature on Roger’s gentle and patient treatment of not just his own children, but all of the neighbor kids as well. He was so enjoyed by young ones that they would come to his house and ask if he could come out to play. He often served as umpire for the kids’ baseball games. He continually ate hard candy and always shared with the neighbor children. After his last birthday he looked at his gifted stockpile of hard candy and told his children that he certainly had enough candy to last him the rest of his life. Now that he’s passed, his loving children want to tell him, “Dad, you were right about the candy!” Another pastime he enjoyed with family was playing cards. Although his children and grandchildren are comforted that he is reunited with Mom in Heaven, they know they are going to miss playing Skip-Bo, his many visits, and his great love for them.
Roger is survived by his children: Steve (Jan), Tom (Dana), Ann (Dave), Kay (Charles), Mark (Diane), Julie (Tim), Carrie (Tom); grandchildren: Emily, Peter, Danica, Mary, Eli, Josh, Heather, Ashley, Alex, Dennis, Nina, Maggie, Amy, Eric, Adam, Abby, and Anne; and 7 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife in 2005.
A memorial service will be held at 6:00 P.M. on Thursday at the Peterson Chapel – St Michael/Albertville funeral home. Visitation is one hour before the funeral.
DIRECTIONS DUE TO CONSTRUCTION: Hwy 94 to Hwy 241 to St. Michael. Continue on 241 until Lincoln (just past the Super America/McDonalds). Turn Right at Lincoln, which, as you follow North, becomes Summit. Turn Left on Cottonwood, (Cottonwood heads West, then turns to head North). Turn Left (West) onto Frankfort Parkway. Funeral Home drive way is on the right, off Frankfort Parkway.