Allen Erwin Vogelpohl, age 47, of Dassel, died Wednesday, May 25, 2011, at the St. Cloud Hospital.
He was born Feb. 24, 1964, in Minneapolis, the son of Marvin and Marcella (Johnson) Vogelpohl. Allen grew up in the Annandale area, where he attended elementary school, and then attended the Howard Lake-Waverly High School and the Dassel-Cokato High School.
Al joined the National Guard when he was a junior in high school. He did his basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. While in basic training, he received his Marksmen award for being able to shoot 40 out of 40 with the M-16.
Allen was united in marriage to Kandy Alger at Ottertail Point on Leech Lake. They made their home in Cokato for a few years, before moving to Darwin, and then back to Cokato. In 1997, Al and Kandy bought a farm near Dassel where they raised their two sons, Jake and Benjamin.
Al worked at the creamery in Watkins, before he was employed at Littfin Lumber for 20 years as a floor truss lead man. He enjoyed the years he worked there and all the friendships that he built. He had also worked at Faribault Foods.
Al loved to take care of his hobby farm. He loved planting trees and mowing the grass. He treasured the moments that he spent with his sons playing basketball in the backyard; and enjoyed having a good time and spending quality time with his family.
With an amazing zest for life, Al was a wonderful father, grandfather, and uncle; he was very close to all of his nieces and nephews. He loved to go camping, boating, fishing, swimming, deer hunting, play cards, and play games on his computer.
He collected movies and had over a 1,000 titles in his collection. Al was fond of going four-wheeling with his wife and sons; he built and was racetrack supervisor at the track on his farm that his sons, nieces, and nephews used to train on their four-wheelers and dirt bikes. They formed the Butternut Tracksters and as a team, raced at Casey’s Racetrack in Brainerd. Al enjoyed going to the races and cheering his team to victory.
If anyone ever needed anything, Al was always willing to help a friend and lend a hand to a stranger. He had a wonderful, clever sense of humor and was always the life of the party. As an avid Vikings fan, he had season tickets. He loved game day and would enjoy spending time with his family watching his team.
Al survived a tragic car accident May 10, 2008, that hospitalized him for a year before he could come back home to his family. For the past few years, he has been tenderly taken care of by his wife and sons, with the help of 24-hour nursing staff, until his recent passing.
He is survived by his wife, Kandy; sons Jacob Vogelpohl of Dassel, and Ben (Kelly) Vogelpohl of Winsted; three grandchildren, Dylan, Reid, and Axel Vogelpohl; his mother, Marcella Vogelpohl of Dassel; brothers Lloyd (Donna) Vogelpohl of Howard Lake, and Art (Jodi) Vogelpohl of Dassel; and sisters Lena (Bob) Block of Paynesville, Eva (Robert) Braness of Dassel, Elaine (Lee) Hawkins of Webster, WI, and Lora Vogelpohl of Dassel.
He is further survived by his in-laws, Denise (Richard Gilbert) Alger of Dassel, Mike Hinck of Mound, Holly Alger, and Bruce Alger, both of Natawash; and mother-in-law Sue Alger of Walker.
Al was preceded in death by his father, Marvin; father-in-law, the Rev. Gerald Alger; brother-in-law Terry Alger; three nieces; and two nephews.
A funeral service took place Tuesday, May 31 at 2 p.m. at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel with visitation for one hour preceding the service. The Rev. Keith Carlson officiated, and interment followed at the Dassel Cemetery.
Memorials are preferred to the Vogelpohl family.
The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel was in charge of arrangements.