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Neil Wogsland

1936 – 2022

Neil Loren Wogsland, 85, of Menahga, Minnesota, a dad, grandfather, brother, veteran, husband, and friend. A man whose life motto was that “he’d rather wear out than rust out” and anyone that met him knows that is how he lived his life until his last moments. Neil was born in Hoople, North Dakota on November 20, 1936 to Melvin and Mable Wogsland; he is one of four brothers, Herb (Lyla), Gordan (Elaine), James (Marlene). He joined the Air Force in 1954 shortly after high school and went on to marry Katherine Carlstrom (deceased) in 1958. Kathy lost her battle to cancer in 2000 and, years later, Neil rekindled with a high school friend, Marilyn Frethem and they married in July 2003. Neil and Marilyn split their time living in Minnesota and Arizona.

Neil is survived by his wife Marilyn; two children: Mark and Debra; three grandchildren: Ashly (Luke), Samantha, and Alexandra (Zach); three great-grandchildren: Makenna, Bennett, and Brecken, and Marilyn’s children and grandchildren: Jodi, Joey, Blake, Elishia, Ryan, Emily, Danny, LaBrea, Lance, and Jazzlyn.

Neil has lived a very accomplished life. He was a businessman throughout his life and was a partner in the Fertile Grain Elevator during his career with The Mill Mutuals and retired in 1997. He was on the Board of Directors of Federated Rural Electric Insurance Exchange and a board member at Great River Energy, he also served as an officer and director of the Todd-Wadena Cooperative Power Company. He was actively involved in the Wadena County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse with his beloved horses.

Most importantly, he was the best dad, grandfather, brother, husband and friend one could ask for. He loved life, and he shared his passion for living every day to the fullest with his family while never missing any moment, big or small, in his children and grandchildren’s lives. So in light of Neil’s passing, our family asks you to spend time with your children and grandchildren, go for tee time at noon, ride a horse, play a round of cornhole, eat pie after dinner, play a competitive game of cards, drink a Budweiser, take a boat ride around the lake, go to coffee hour, call to check in on a friend, and spend a lot of time with your loved ones because that is what Neil would wish for you. He’d want you to love life. And he’d rather you wear out than rust out.

Thank you to the care team at Mayo Clinic and Hospice of the Valley Arizona for taking great care of our grandfather, husband, dad, and friend.

The visitation will be held at the Wevley Funeral Home in Sebeka, Minnesota from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, 2022. The funeral will take place at Fridhem Lutheran Church in Lengby, Minnesota on Friday, May, 13 at 2 p.m. where Neil will be laid to rest next to Kathy.

Arrangements are entrusted to Wevley Funeral Home of Sebeka. Online condolences may be left at

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