July 12, 2023 at 9:15 a.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial was July 8 at Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany for Fred Schlangen, 64, who died July 3, 2023, at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud. Burial was in the Seven Dolors Parish Cemetery.
Frederick “Fred” Benedict Schlangen was born June 26, 1959, in Richmond, to Ben and Amanda (Stang) Schlangen. He married the love of his life, Phyllis Stangler, June 19, 1982, at Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany. Together they dairy farmed near Albany until 2018, then enjoyed their semi-retirement continuing to work their chicken barn and spend extra time with their children, grandchildren and friends. Fred also worked with Scepaniak Land & Grain of Holdingford and Austin, Inc., of Albany. Fred loved driving his John Deere tractors with his grandchildren, sight-seeing and crop checking, watching western shows, playing cards, drinking beer with family and friends, and eating ice cream. He was the proudest father and grandfather, who just beamed with joy when telling stories about his children and grandchildren. He was the most loyal, hardworking man and was first on the scene whenever someone was in need. He was a true role model and will be missed beyond measure by everyone that had the pleasure of knowing him.
Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Phyllis of Albany; daughter Jenelle (Tony) Scepaniak of Albany; sons Scott (Janelle) of Albany, Kurt (Megan) of Sartell, and Bryan (Emily) of Avon; grandchildren Brooke, Carson, Lauren, Jaeden, Cameron, Skyler, Croix, Cali, Westin and Hank; siblings Joey (Barney) Kiffmeyer, Ron Schlangen, Rich (Dorothy), Roger (Nancy), Mary (Ron) Gillitzer, Chickie (Maynard) Meyer, Mel (Doris), Alvin (Alice), Steve (Cheryl), Ruth (Carl) Lieser and Ralph (Missy); and sisters-in-law Cindy (Doug) Schmitz, Nancy (Roger) Schlangen, Mary (Glen) Moscho, Sheila (Roy) Torborg and Lisa (Jeff) Schwinghammer.
Fred was preceded in death by his parents Ben and Amanda, father- and mother-in-law John and Marcie Stangler and infant brother Ben, Jr.
Services are with the Wenner Funeral Home of Richmond.