|12/5/2012 12:59:00 PM|
Ansel J. "Jerry" Sogge, 89, of Sauk Centre, died Nov. 29, 2012, at The Legends at Heritage Place in Sartell.
A funeral service was held Tuesday at River of Life Church in Sauk Centre with Rev. Kyle Peterson officiating.
Casket bearers were his grandsons: Christopher Sogge, Brandon Sogge, Jeremy Sogge, Andrew Struffert, Jesse Smith, Justin Smith, Dylan Sogge and Ian Sogge.
Honorary bearer was Staff Sgt. Erik Sogge.
Interment followed at Calvary Cemetery.
Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Sauk Centre handled the funeral arrangements.
Ansel Jerome Sogge was born June 18, 1923, to John and Anna (Vangen) Sogge in Windom. He graduated from Bingham Lake High School in 1942, the first member of his family to graduate.
After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army andwas honorably discharged in 1946 after serving in the South Pacific.
In 1948, Jerry married Margaret Anne Skilling in Windom, where he was employed as a night depot agent for Chicago & Northwestern Railroad.
In 1951, they moved to a farm near Grove City where his passion for farming began. In 1960, they moved to a dairy farm near West Union where they lived and raised their children.
After retiring from farming in 1982, they moved into Sauk Centre where Jerry drove bulk oil truck for Community Oil for 12 years.
In 2001, they moved to Sartell where they lived for five years before returning to Sauk Centre.
In March, he moved to the memory care unit at The Legends to be closer to his children as he struggled with Alzheimer's.
Jerry enjoyed farming and tinkering with tractors. He was an avid hunter and especially enjoyed bow hunting, elk hunting in Montana and goose hunting in Canada. He also enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Jerry and Anne along with their family also established the Sauk Centre Annual Community Christmas Dinner in the mid-1990's.
Jerry was a member of the Osakis VFW, Sinclair Lewis Aerie Fraternal Order of Eagles, Sauk Centre Seniors and the Sauk Centre Conservation Club.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Anne Sogge in 2011; his daughter, Mary Anne Baker, on Oct. 30, 2012; a grandson, Jeffery Scott Baker; brothers, Osmund Sogge, Glenn Sogge, Harlan "Toby" Sogge, Gerhart Sogge, who died in World War II, and infant brother, Gerhart; sisters, Marion Ford and Laura Rutherford; sister-in-law, Edna Sogge; and brothers-in-law, Gene Rutherford, Ernie Ford, Sam C. Harder and Dr. Henry Banal.
Survivors include his children: James (Kathleen) Sogge of Paynesville, David (Beth Nelson) Sogge of Blaine, Rev. Carol Jean (Rev. Geary) Smith of Sauk Rapids, Patrick (Joanne) Sogge of Prior Lake, Kathryn (Dale) Struffert of Sartell, Janet (John) Tracy of Ramsey and John (Bobbie Jo) Sogge of Prior Lake; son-in-law, Larry Baker of Litchfield; 19 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; brother, John (Lois) Sogge of Augusta, Ga.; sisters: Birdell "Bert" Chewning of Edina, Benora "Benny" (Bob) Deming of Alexandria and Carol Harder of Mt. Lake; and sisters-in-law, Laura Sogge of Osakis and Helen Banal of Sauk Centre.