Lambert Vogel

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Lambert Prosper Vogel was born May 31, 1926 to Sebastian Oliver and Rose Vogel on the family farm in rural Fargo.  He was the 7th of 9 children.  He attended grammar school in rural Fargo and graduated from Sacred Heart Academy in 1944.  He took 2 years off to help his father on the family farm before enrolling at the North Dakota Agricultural College (now NDSU).  He attended seminary at St. John's University for 1 year before returning to NDAC to complete a degree in Mechanical Engineering.  He pursued graduate studies and earned a Master's Degree in Engineering from Kansas State University.  He served in the army, working in a specially formed company selected to design and build the Supersonic Wind Tunnel at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Baltimore, MD.  After completing his tour of duty, Lambert taught Engineering at NDSU, where he was appointed a full professorship.  He then worked for Boeing Aircraft in California before returning in 1958 to marry his sweetheart Maryann Scott.  The couple made their home in Fargo where they raised 4 children.  Other career pursuits over the years included working as energy expert for the Agricultural Extension Service at NDSU and an as engineer for several local firms, before starting his own consulting Engineering and Land Surveying business - L.P. Vogel and Associates, which he operated until his retirement.

Lambert was a charter member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church and served on multiple boards and committees.  He was a devout Catholic who loved to serve the Lord and, along with his wife, to instill that faith and devotion in his children and grandchildren.

Lambert's interests were wide-spread.   An avid-reader, he also enjoyed aviation, sailing, history and tales from the old West.  He and his son are members of the Western Minnesota Steam Thresher's, owning and restoring several operational antique tractors.  He loved spending his time in prayer and enjoyed time with his grandchildren at the Lake Cabin he and Maryann built 26 years ago.  He adored his extended family and took great delight getting together with his many in-laws, nieces and nephews.

Lambert is survived by his wife of 53 years, Maryann, his children Scott (Fargo), Jane (Patrick) Indergaard (Fargo), Laurie (Mark) White (Belleville, Il), and Katie (Robert) Shaw (Moorhead), his grandchildren Michael, Mary & Thomas Indergaard, Emily and Daniel White, Jessica, Audrey, David, Andrew and Samuel Shaw, his sisters Grace Griebstein (Fairfield, CA), RoseAnne Millette (Fargo), sister-in-law Joan Vogel (Billings, MT) and brother-in-law Francis Daniel (St. Paul, MN).

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers William, Henry, Sebastian & John; sisters Mary and Jane; and grandson Timothy Shaw.

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  1. Kindred ND
    Lambert surveyed some land for us 20 years ago on the Sheyenne River. We built our home there. He gave us some advice on building it high and also some homes to look at (to show what he was talking about). We followed his advice and have thanked him in our thoughts many times during the flood years. His expertise has saved us alot of headaches and we have been very grateful that he shared it with us.
    Our sympathy to your family.

  2. Fargo North Dakota
    Maryann so sorry to see of Lambert passing away. I remember you and Lambert such a fine couple who were so loving and supportive of everyone they meet. I still remember our little chat in your kitchen and getting to know each other so much better. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  3. Valley City North Dakota
    Our deepest sympathy to the family of Lambert. My wife (Jean Arendt, daughter of Francis and Adeline (Dusek) has told me of remembering Lambert when she was a young girl. Although we do not know all of the family, we are well aware of the sorrow that comes with the passing of a loved one. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Ralph and Jean Dyrness

  4. Onalaska WIJane,

    I am very sorry to hear of your dad’s death. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.

    It was good to read about him. He appeared to be a very accomplished man.

    Gary Fischer

  5. Bismarck ND
    I am so sorry about the loss of your husband and father. I know my father always enjoyed chatting with your dad at church at the lake. I’m sure it won’t be the same. Please know that your family is in our family’s thoughts and prayers.
    Lisa (Thoms) Durkee

  6. Fargo ND
    Maryann, I was sorry to see that Lambert had passed away. I’m in Mesa, AZ
    for the winter and do read the Forum every day on the internet where I did see the notice.

    Everything I knew about Lambert was very positive and a very good man. I’m again, very sorry for your loss.

    Don Scott

  7. Early in my employ with the Engineering Department for the City of Fargo, it was my good fortune to meet and work with Mr. Vogel. Over our 25 plus years of collaberation his kind manner and gentle way never wavered. He was an example to all of a true gentleman and he will surely be missed but not forgotten. My prayers and sympathies are with you at this difficult time.

  8. Fargo ND
    I know that Lambert will be deeply missed. I admired him very much, although I knew him more by his influence on his daughters and grandchildren. The love, faith and strength of the family is his legacy. I know you will all miss him very much. Losing a parent is SO difficult, even when it is expected. My thoughts and prayers are with you ALL!

  9. Parshall ND
    Our thoughts and prayers are with Mary Ann and all her families. Katie we are praying for you ,Robert, and family. Your Dad and Grandpa was a special man

  10. Billings MTLambert and Maryann were awfully kind to a young single guy teaching their kids at Shanley. I shared a meal more than once with them and their family and was always welcome.

    I tried not to take advantage of their hospitality even though the food was much better than what I was able to prepare for myself.

    I have to admit my times for visiting were probably a bit more opportune to be considered just luck.

    What more can a man accomplish in life then to raise and care for a wonderful family.

    That Lambert, with God’s help has done, and I know that he will be missed greatly by all of his family.

    I will be praying for for God to surround you with His Love and Peace during this difficult time.

    A much belated thanks to you all for your care and help during my time at Shanley.

  11. Sorry to hear about Lambert’s death. I really enjoyed having him work with me at ND
    SU. His knowledge and unique way of teaching really helped me.

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