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Clement TeVogt

June 10, 1922-May 17, 2010

Clement H. TeVogt, 87, longtime resident of Detroit Lakes, died Monday, May 17 at St. Mary's Innovis Health in Detroit Lakes.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 20 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes, with a Knights of Columbus Rosary at 6:30 p.m. followed by a Parish Vigil at 7 p.m.

A mass of Christian burial for Clem will be held at 12 noon Friday, May 21 in Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Detroit Lakes.

Interment will be held at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Detroit Lakes.

Clem TeVogt was born on June 10, 1922 in Ogema. Later the family moved to Saskatchewan, Canada and in 1929 moved to Detroit Lakes. Clem attended Holy Rosary School through the 8th grade and graduated from the Holmes School (presently the Historic Holmes Theatre) in 1942.

Clem worked for C.B. Goss dime store in downtown Detroit Lakes for seven years and bought a boat livery business from Fred Weiss. He changed the name to Clem's Big Dock and later Clem's Marina, which he operated for over 40 years. In the winter, Clem worked for various places; he and his brother did some logging and worked at Ole Lind boat works, Detroit Mountain making snow and Winston C. Larson on the surveying crew.

Clem was united in marriage to Yvonne F. Bursau on September 22, 1946 in Detroit Lakes.

He enjoyed many activities, which included the lake cabin, snowmobiling, ice fishing, hunting, wood working, and volunteering for the Food Pantry. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus for over 50 years. He was a former president of the Holy Rosary Boy Scouts, active on the DL planning commission, city and county park boards.

Clem was also very robust in doing whatever could be done for the area lakes and waterways, including his involvement with the River Navigation Restoration Association, which achieved restoration of the boat tramway between Muskrat Lake and Lake Sallie.

In his lifetime Clem owned and operated several businesses along with the dock. Clem and Yvonne also had the souvenir shop on the beach, with homemade ice cream bars. (One year he and Yvonne made over 14,000 jumbo ice cream bars, selling them from the souvenir shop.) They owned and operated various excursion boats; the Miss Detroit, the Aqua Belle (where Yvonne served hamburgers and is now a cabin at Long Bridge resort) and the Angler (a pontoon boat made for fishing trips). He also owned the Lakeside Lodge & Cabins for five years,

After selling the dock, Clem and Yvonne Purchased Long Bridge Mobile Home Park from Arlo Weimer in 1976. Clem enjoyed dancing and was an active member of the dancing club for many years. He was the most loving, kind, respectful husband and father anyone could ever have. He was known and respected by many in the lakes area.

Clem will be remembered and missed by his wife, the love of his life for 63 years, Yvonne of Detroit Lakes; three children, Linda Ditterick of Detroit Lakes, Patty Lachowitzer of Roseville, Minn., and Mark TeVogt of Omaha, Neb.; four grandchildren, Kelli Tibbetts of Detroit Lakes, Ryan Ditterick of Fargo, Shane Abbott of Roselle, Ill., and Travis Schneider of Minneapolis; along with seven great grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents; siblings William, Leo, Al, Amanda, Blanche, Esther, Tony, Alvin and LuVerna; and son in-law Jack Ditterick.

Clem will best be remembered for giving all night speed boat rides after the dances at the pavilion. You can hear him calling out in the microphone; "Come on down to the lake and enjoy a rollercoaster ride on the water!"

David-Donehower Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes, is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories of Clem may be shared online at