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George Vangsnes

Apr 2, 2015




Ingval George Vangsnes, the son of Ingval and Anna Vangsnes was born on October 20, 1930 in Rugby, North Dakota. He died at the age of 84 years on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at the Heart of America Medical Center in Rugby, North Dakota.

George was raised in rural Rugby and was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in rural Rugby. He attended school through the eighth grade at Ness School #4 and graduated from Rugby High School in 1948. When he started going to high school in town, he met Phyllis Jean Augustin. On September 22, 1948, he was united in marriage to Phyllis Jean Augustin in Rugby. The couple moved shortly thereafter to a farm southwest of Rugby. They were blessed with three children while on the farm until they moved to Rugby in 1957.

A lifelong resident of Rugby, George was an active member of his community over the years, belonging to local organizations such as the Jaycees and Lions Club. He was also involved in special community events. He was an active member of First Lutheran Church, singing in the church choir for 50 years. His beautiful singing voice graced countless events in the community.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Jean; sons, David (Dianne) and Donald (Marcia) both of Gilbert, AZ; a daughter, Peggy (Tom) Hanson of Loveland, CO; grandson, Erik (Nora) Vangsnes; granddaughter, Ann (Stephen) Montemayor; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by, his mother, Anna; step-mother, Marie; father, Ingval; a brother, Joel; and a sister, Mildred.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 31st at the First Lutheran Church, Rugby with spring burial in the Persilla Watts Cemetery, Rugby. Pastor Mike Pretzer and Pastor Sharon Baker, officiating.

Organist: Pam Anderson Soloist: Jane Hellekson

Casket Bearers: Harold Ostrem, Delmer Ostrem, Robert Stenson, Ray Norsby, Erik Vangsnes, Ann Montemayor

Arrangements with Anderson Funeral Home of Rugby. Online registry: funeralsbyanderson.com

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