Casey Owen Vogt, 36, of Detroit Lakes, MN, passed away on May 30, 2023, at Sanford Health in Fargo, ND, due to unexpected health complications. His last 24 hours on this earthly plane were honored with deep love from his friends and family that came from near and far. In groups of two to four, friends and family told Casey stories, squeezed his hands, shared their love, and said their goodbyes. At the moment of his passing, he was surrounded by his beloved wife, Jess Vogt, his son Dylan Maneval, his twin brother, Kyle Vogt, and his sister Amanda Vogt. Casey’s family would like to thank his doctors and nurses for their compassion and graciousness for accommodating more than 40 people who visited Casey in his final hours.
Casey was born into this world, with Kyle, on February 12, 1987, to Nancy Marjamaa and Russell Vogt, in Fargo, ND. He grew up in Detroit Lakes, MN. Casey and Kyle were known as “the boys” with Amanda as the third wheel. Casey’s parents were blessed with not one, but three stubborn, strong willed yet creative, curious, and too smart for their own good children with Casey being the more responsible, practical, and level-headed of the three. Casey’s childhood was filled with mischief, adventure, bike ramps onto the barn roof, skateboards, video games, forts, golf including disc golf, wrenching on cars with dad, bb guns, broken windows, snowboards, rusty nail infested docks built in the swamp, and wild rides on a sled while being pulled behind a lawnmower. And maybe a few fires. He attended Detroit Lakes High School, and despite all the fun he had with friends, he graduated in 2005. Eventually, Casey grew up and went to MSCTC-DL, graduating with an Associate degree in Civil Engineering. This started his passion and career. He worked for the ND-DOT from 2009 to 2015, and continued his career at the MN DOT from 2015 to 2023. He would talk about surveying to anyone who would listen. He will be greatly missed at MN DOT.
In 2006, Casey met Jess and her son Dylan and they started to build a life together. They added to their little family in 2010 when Bella was born. On September 3, 2011, Casey and Jess were married on the beach in Detroit Lakes. In 2012, they welcomed Owen. Family life was filled with camping trips with the Williams and long weekends at Bad Medicine Lake with Dan Gigstead. It also consisted of major home improvement projects, gardening, and grilling on the Traeger with friends while listening to good music. Well wait…
Casey hated music, or at least that is the running joke. The truth is, his friends and family have known Casey to rap the entire Eazy E song, Boyz-n-the-Hood. He had also been known to belt out Miley Cyrus’ Party in the U.S.A. The ND-DOT Survey team’s anthem was Call Me, Maybe by Carly Rae Jepson. But the greatest truth, the one his friends and family feel deeply now, is Casey profoundly appreciated good company and conversations even over his love of music. The hole in our hearts will never be filled. Casey was always there to listen, to talk about the things he loved, to help you fix any problem whether it was your car, house, or life. He was always there to offer support and encouragement.
Casey will be missed greatly by the love of his life, Jessie Vogt; his children, Dylan, Bella, and Owen; and his siblings, Kyle Vogt (Kaydie), Amanda Vogt (Jacob Lunski), Diane Heer (Stacy), Sharon Lownik (Steve), Linda (Vogt) Jones, Gerald Vogt (Shelley), and Roxanne Sonnenberg (Neil). He will also be missed by his in-laws the Bakers; Jeff (Marsha), Katie, Jason (Liz), Jeremiah, and Jamie (Dustin) and the Noahs; Deanna and David. He is loved by his adult nieces and nephews that were some of his first childhood friends, his younger nieces and nephews; Alaina, Iliana, Blake, Easton, Kira, and his great nieces and nephews, especially Jack, Jace, and Jedsen. He will be deeply missed by his friends that were also family and his dog, Luna.
Casey is proceeded in death by his parents, Nancy Marjamaa and Russell Vogt, and his older brother, Darren Vogt.