Longtime Jackson County rancher, Conrad Vogelgesang, age 70, went to the arms of his Lord June 11, 2009, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
Services were held Wednesday, June 17, at the Kadoka City Auditorium, with Pastor Gary McCubbin officiating.
Music was provided by Jean Weller, pianist, and Susan Davidson, Boyd and Pat Porch, vocalists.
Ushers were Dennis Sharp, Tyler Jones, Cole Weaver and Travis Thompson.
Pallbearers were Mike Antonsen, Brad Jorgensen, Steve Arment, Brice Rock, Brandon Rock and Charlie Even.
Interment was in the Vogelgesang Family Cemetery west of Wanblee.
Conrad Vogelgesang was born October 18, 1938, in Hot Springs, SD. He was the only son of Conrad H. Vogelgesang and Lois (Williams) Vogelgesang and brother to Kay (Vogelgesang) Barrieau. The family homestead was established west of Wanblee in 1926 where Conrad was raised. Conrad attended grade school at Garner School above Bear Creek. While attending high school in Kadoka, Conrad boarded with Dr. Sundet, and during the summer months, they traveled together across the United States. He graduated from Kadoka High School in 1958.
After graduation, Conrad worked with fellow neighbors for Leslie Handcock near Long Valley, where he helped with harvest, as well as working with his father on the family farm and ranch.
Conrad was united in marriage to Paula Rock on December 30, 1963. They made their home on the family ranch in Washabaugh County and raised three children. Throughout the years Conrad and his family raised a variety of livestock and crops. He served the community on the Jackson- Washabaugh ASCS Board, the Washabaugh County Road Board, and spent over 25 years working with 4-H kids.
His land was his chapel, knowing the hand of his Lord was present in every baby calf and harvested crop. His motto was - "there's always next year" when hail took the crops and blizzards the calves.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Paula; two sons, Jay Vogelgesang and his girlfriend, Jessica Dux, Michael Vogelgesang and his fiancée, Brittany Pinneo, all of Wanblee; one daughter, Jill Wolfe and her husband, Richard, of West Monroe, LA; one sister, Kay Barrieau and her husband, Bernard, of Litchfield, NH; and a host of other relatives and friends. He will be greatly missed by his daily companion and chore dog, Scooter.
Conrad is preceded in death by his parents, Conrad and Lois Vogelgesang; and one nephew, Aaron Barrieau.
Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Kadoka. Online guest book is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com
A memorial has been established.