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July 11, 1925 – Monday, July 28, 2008

Service Information
Peterson Chapel St. Michael/Al
Thurs 7/31/08
6 PM

Visitation Information

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.

2 Guestbook Entries

  1. Tim Rummelhoff

    Roger was loved by all of us who were childhood friends of Roger & Gladys’ kids. What a sweet guy! Although it’s been many years since I last saw him, there will always be a special place for Roger and Gladys in my heart and my memories. Love, Tim.

  2. Gordon Wells

    To the children of Roger Vogan:
    You must be experiencing so many different emotions ,from the pain of losing your father , to the comfort of knowing he is with your mother .
    Hope it helps to know that he was a dear friend of mine for over fifty
    years. I’m recalling all the memories we had together, from
    the first post office picnic to the many pinochle games we played
    together .
    I will miss him.
    Gordon Wells


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