Vogelsang, Gerald Walter 85

Vogelsang, Gerald Walter
age 85, of Howard Lake, MN passed away on August 16, 2017 at the St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted, MN.
Gerald was born November 27, 1931 in Wells, MN to Walter and Esther (Johnston) Vogelsang. On January 20th, 1951 he was united in marriage to Donna Mae Wood. This union was blessed with 5 children. Employment as a butter maker at the Howard Lake creamery brought the family to Howard Lake in 1960, where they made their home. Gerald later worked for Donald Lemke Construction. His passion was being a custodian at St. James Lutheran Church and School in Howard Lake. Following his retirement, he was “Grandpa” at the Village Ranch in Cokato.
Gerald enjoyed camping, wood working, fishing at Charlie’s Resort, and playing cards. He especially enjoyed the time he spent with his family and friends.
Survived by his wife of 66 years, Donna, children, Brian (Jan) Vogelsang, Nancy (Doug) Neumann, Darlyce (Robert) Vogelsang, and Janice (Steve) Edmonson, 9 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, brothers, Dale (Joann), and Donald (Judy), sister, Beverly, and several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his son, Mark, parents, grandparents, and 2 sisters.
A celebration of life will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake. A gathering of family and friends will be 2 hours prior to the service at church. Arrangements by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake, 320-543-3401, www.swansonpeterson.com Memorials are preferred to St. James Lutheran Church and School.