Henry Vander Vegt, of Ogilvie, passed away on Friday, August 2, 2013 at the St. Clare’s Living Community in Mora. He was 84 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at the Emmanuel Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Herzog officiating.
VISITATION will be held from 5-7 pm on Monday, August 5, 2013 at the Akkerman Ingebrand funeral home of Mora and 1 hour prior to the service at the church.
INTERMENT will be in the Graceland Cemetery in Ogilvie.
Henry Gerald Vander Vegt, of Ogilvie, passed away on Friday, August 2, 2013 at the St. Clare’s Living Community in Mora. He was 84 years old.
Henry, lovingly known as “Hank”, was born on March 11, 1929 to parents Fredrick and Jacoba (DeBore) Vander Vegt in Pipestone, Minnesota. Born the fourth of seven children, Hank spent his early years on a farm in Pipestone before the family moved to a farm in the Ogilvie area. He attended county school near Fish Lake for a number of years and worked on his parent’s farm. As a young man, Hank took a job working for Carnation Milk Farms in Washington State. He soon met Betty Lou Simmons, and the couple was united in marriage on March 11, 1950 in Washington. The couple settled in Washington and began their family while Hank worked at several different farms milking cows. In the spring of 1964, Hank moved his family back to Ogilvie were he began his own dairy farm. After 30 years of farming, Hank and Betty sold the farm and built a new home by the Groundhouse River in Ogilvie. After nine years, they sold their home and began spending winters in Yuma, Arizona. During that time, they spent the summer months with their son Dave in Minnesota. Due to Hank’s declining health, the couple moved to a more permanent home in an apartment in Ogilvie.
Hank loved the outdoors. He spent many a summer day fishing and also spent a few fall days with his sons hunting pheasants. He enjoyed his flower and vegetable gardens. He always had strawberries and raspberries to pick. Hank loved camping and traveling with his family. He was a member of Emmanuel Baptist church for 20 years and a proud member of the Gideon’s of Ogilvie. Most of all, Hank loved his family. He will be dearly missed.
Hank is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Martin and Andy Vander Vegt, sister, Margaret (Bert) Statema; and granddaughter Lisa Vander Vegt.
He is survived by his loving wife Betty, children Mary (Ronald) Lundeen of Milaca, David (Vicki) of Pine City, Phil (Deborah) of Ann Lake, Donald of Ogilvie, and Roger (Sharon) of Mora; 15 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; brothers Fredrick (Eileen) of Ogilvie, Jerry (Rose) of Grand Rapids, MI; sister Jeanette (Richard) Clark of Ogilvie; sisters-in-law Bertha Vander Vegt of Mount Vernon, WA; and Arlene Vander Vegt of Cambridge; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.