Leo Skogen

Published 12:00 am Saturday, August 23, 2008

Leo Andrew Skogen, 67, of Lake Mills, Iowa, passed away Friday, Aug. 22, 2008, at his home. Interment will be at the Salem Memorial Cemetery on Monday at 9 a.m. with military rites by Lake Mills Otto/Chose Post #235.
A celebration service will follow at 11 a.m. at Crossroads Church, 3402 Hoeger Lane in Albert Lea with the Rev. Glen Stevens officiating.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Mittelstadt Funeral Home in Lake Mills on Sunday.
Family request that memorials be made to “The Bridge” (Youth for Christ, 220 West Main St., Lake Mills, Iowa, 50450).
Leo was born April 7, 1941, at his home in Bristol Township, to parents Andrew and Lucille (Gardalen) Skogen. He later moved to an acreage by Lake Mills with his family.
Leo was baptized on May 25, 1941, at Salem Lutheran Church in Lake Mills, confirmed May 6, 1956, and graduated from Lake Mills High School on May 29, 1959.
He proudly served his country in the National Guard.
Leo was married to Ramona Eggum on Oct. 8, 1966, in Forest City, Iowa. They lived in Lake Mills and had three children: Melanie, Dan and Beth.
On April 3, 1999, Leo married Jill Vosler at Trinity Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. Jill’s children: Heather, Cliff and Mark joined to make this blended family.
Leo loved Jesus and wanted everyone to know Him, too. He worked hard and gave of himself, his money and his time. He worked with Sorensen Bros. Construction and was self-employed with Skogen Systems Tree Service and Tile Yard. Some men like to golf and fish, but Leo liked to work hard, trim trees, drive heavy equipment and witness to anyone who would listen. His passion was kids, “The Bridge” (Youth For Christ), and to watch his children and grandchildren compete in their sporting events and school activities.
The Crown
A golden crown will adorn your brow,
If to God you will humbly bow,
Jesus paid it all for you and me.
He suffered and died upon a tree.

Let’s not be weary in doing well,
But tell them about Jesus, their escape from Hell,
Lend a hand to pull them in,
Jesus blood will cleanse them from sin.
Welcome home Jesus will say,
Your name is in the book, you’re here to stay,
There is your home just down the street,
And you kneel down and lay your crown at His feet.

By: Leo Skogen, Aug. 25, 2007
Leo is survived by his wife, Jill Skogen, Lake Mills; his three children and grandchildren: Melanie (Mike) Throne and their five children: Christopher, Taylor, Matthew, Zachary, and Kristyn all of Vinje, Iowa; Dan (Jody) Skogen and daughter, Tara of Marion, Iowa; Beth (Aaron) Van Roekel and son, Kade, of Vinje; his mother, Lucille Skogen of Lake Mills; his mother and father-in-law Roger and Marilyn Nelson of Albert Lea; and three step-children and step-grandchildren: Heather Anderson and her children, Dusti and Trenton; Cliff (Jodi) Anderson and their two children, Deven and Jorgen; Mark (Joyce) Vosler; and siblings: Gwen (Charles) Wells; Miriam (Dick) Jondahl; Gerry (Darlene) Skogen; Judy (Harlan) Jacobson; John (Joan) Skogen; Jane (Bruce) Smith.
Leo was preceded in death by his father, Andrew; his brother, Charles; and sister-in-law, Judy.
People can contact the family with online condolences at www.mittelstadtfuneralhome.com.

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