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Valerius Caspers

July 23, 1920-Feb. 4, 2012

Valerius "Val" Caspers, 91, of Ogema, died Saturday, February 4, 2012 at Essentia Health St. Mary's Hospital in Detroit Lakes, surrounded by his loving family.

Valerius Louis Caspers, the son of Lawrence and Margareth (Tresveik) Caspers, was born on July 23, 1920 at their home near Ogema. He grew up on the family farm and graduated from Waubun High School in 1938.

In 1944, Val entered the United States Navy, where he proudly served his country during World War II. He spent much of his service time aboard the USS Shasta and was honorably discharged in 1946.

On May 4, 1948, Val was united in marriage to Mildred "Mitzie" Kraker. They shared 63 wonderful years and made many wonderful memories together before Val lost "his Mitzie" in June of 2011.

For most of his career, Val worked at the Ogema Creamery. He also farmed for a few years and later was a janitor at the Ogema Public School until his retirement in 1986.

Val and Mitzie cherished their eight children, their grandchildren and great grandchildren. They rarely missed any activities that any of their many "kids" were involved in. They were so proud of all of their accomplishments no matter how big or small.

Val was an avid sports fan. He loved listening to or watching the Twins, Vikings, Timberwolves and the Gophers. He enjoyed many hobbies including fishing, hunting, golfing, bowling, softball, and playing cards or shaking dice with his buddies. He looked forward to family gatherings and, in quieter times, he simply enjoyed feeding and watching the birds outside his window.

Val was a member of Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. Val was also a member of the VFW Post 9880 and was honored to have served his country. He was also proud of the Ogema community and to be a "Minnesotan."

Val loved life and lived it to the fullest. He was quite a character and storyteller. His great sense of humor, tremendous memory and optimistic attitude will be missed by many.

Surviving Val are four sons, Roger Caspers of Fargo, Bruce (Michelle) Caspers of Roundup, Mont., David Caspers of Ogema and Robert "Bo" Caspers, also of Ogema; four daughters, Kathy (John "Bomber") Clark of Ogema, Sharon (Rick) Paul of Cloquet, Minn., Barbara (Kevin) Coyle of Dilworth and Sandi (Bob) Haverkamp of Ogema; 11 grandchildren, John Jr. and Paul Clark, Scott and Joseph Paul, April Updike, Rachael Caspers, Steve, Brian, and Vicki Haverkamp, Lee and Dustin Coyle; 10 great grandchildren, Hallie, Sydney, Carter, Kendra and Kolton Clark, Caitlyn, Alexander, Lucy and Hattie Paul, and Braydon Updike; one sister, Alvina Meyer of Detroit Lakes; and a sister-in-law, Jean Caspers of Detroit Lakes; as well as many special nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife; a granddaughter, Melissa Paul; three brothers, Amor Caspers, Gilbert Caspers and Father William Caspers; and one sister, Olivia Chapman.

Visitation was held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, with a 7 p.m. prayer service, at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Ogema.

A Memorial Service was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 8 in Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, with Father Walter Butor, O.M.I., officiating. Serving as urn bearer was Paul Clark, with all of the other grandchildren as honorary urn bearers. Bruce Engebretson provided music for the service.

Inurnment took place at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Cemetery, rural Ogema.

Arrangements were entrusted to Anderson-Mattson Funeral Home of Mahnomen. Online condolences may be left at