October 9, 1915 ~ December 23, 2013
Alfred passed away on Monday, December 23, 2013 at Elim Care Center in Fargo at the age of 98.
Alfred Melvin Vangsness was born on October 9, 1915, the son of George and Oline (Perhus) Vangsness. He attended country school in Berry Township near Walcott, ND. He grew up and worked as a hired hand for many farmers in the surrounding area. He married Annabelle Salle at West Prairie Lutheran Church near Kindred on June 1, 1947 and they farmed the land known as the Herbert Schwarz farm in Addison Township for many years before purchasing their farm near Kindred.
Alfred served on the boards of the Addison and Davenport Townships for over 15 years, was an active member and held various office positions in the Davenport Lutheran Church, belonged to the Davenport Fire Department for 23 years and was a charter member of the Davenport Lions. For years he helped the Lions with their Pitchfork Fondues that were widely known in the surrounding area. He was also a long time student at the Rustad “College of Knowledge”.
Alfred is survived by his four children – Sharon (Steven) Taggart of Port Huron, MI; Adele (Dennis) Reed of Naples, FL; Janet (James) Bergum of Howell, NJ; and Gerald “Gib” (Diana) Vangsness of Walcott, ND; 10 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren; his brother, Sherman (Shirley) Vangsness of Texas; and sister-in-law, Clara Drotts of Deer River, MN.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Annabelle; 2 sisters and 5 brothers.