Vance Gene Albert, 63, of Horace, ND, passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family and friends, on February 24, 2016. The visitation will be from 5 – 8 PM with a 7 PM prayer service on Monday, February 29, 2016, at Joseph Vertin and Sons Funeral Home, in Breckenridge, MN. The Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 AM, Tuesday, March 1, 2016, at St Benedict's Catholic Church in Horace, ND. The interment will be at St. Benedict Catholic Cemetery, Horace, ND.
Vance was born on June 18, 1952 in Breckenridge, MN, to Karl and Iris (Herman) Albert. He graduated from Tintah High School in 1970, and then attended Moorhead Technical School where he studied auto mechanics. Following college, he worked for Duo-Fast as a construction sales person, earning high honors as a top salesman. He was married to Linda Putnam in 1973, and had three beautiful children. Life took them in different directions in 1988. Vance resided in the Nashua-Tintah area from 1988 through 1992 working for Reginald Hawes on the farm and was a first responder. He then married his life-long friend and partner, Robin Koltes from Nashua, MN. They recently celebrated their 23rd wedding anniversary. Vance and Robin were blessed with two children of their own and tried their best to make all five children feel loved and as a group of one beautiful family.
For the first four years of their marriage, Vance worked at Construction Heaters, in Minneapolis, MN and then they moved to Perham where he built log homes for Big Pine Custom Builders. For medical reasons, Vance looked for different work and moved to Fargo, ND. He landed a job doing construction landscaping for Braden Bach (Dakota Contours) for a few years and then took on a large construction project. Vance managed the moving of their current home near Horace, ND. He became the "father of the block" being a wonderful friend and neighbor to everyone that met him. He took pride in making their home a place that family and friends felt welcome to come to and visit or have a meal. He loved to cook meals, work on projects in the garage, such as renovating older cars or fixing them. He was a first responder while living in Tintah, MN. He enjoyed woodworking, as well. He built many projects for each of his children to keep in his honor.
During the last eight to nine years, Vance found himself struggling with many medical challenges. He fought colon cancer, COPD and recently survived a heart attack. He found strength and courage to overcome these setbacks through the love of God, his family, and friends. He was a very loving and unselfish man, who always put others over himself.
Vance unconditionally loved his wife, Robin. She meant the world to him. Together they enjoyed being involved in the Horace community. They took pleasure in golf cart rides to his favorite spot, the largest tree in North Dakota, near Horace. They also enjoyed spending time with their children and grandchildren. One of his favorite things to do was attend the many birthday parties for his grandchildren, the joys of his life: Connor (14 yrs), Alexis (14 yrs), Hunter (11 yrs), Cole (11 yrs), Ashley (6 yrs) and Autumn (6 months). They were able to spend time near the pond catching frogs and having bon fires. They also had many memorable holidays together. Vance was happiest when entertaining his family at his home.
Vance is survived by his wife Robin; children Amy Albert, Fargo, ND; Megan Albert, Tintah, MN; Josh (Candy) Albert, Tintah, MN; Cody Albert, Horace, ND; Rachelle Albert (fiance' Jake Waters), Horace, ND; eight siblings, Karleen (Dennis) Barlage, Garlyn Albert, Pamela (Mark) Neseth, Ronda (John) Hanson, Jeff Albert, Karlo (Jan) Albert, Lori (Michael) Ibach, and Kayla Aanenson; his nieces, nephews, and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Karl and Iris Albert; and his grandparents.
The family is grateful to Dakota Medical Foundation for the support in planning the Benefit in June 2014. Also, thank you to Hospice for helping make it a peaceful transition in his journey.
Vance Albert was a husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother, role model, farmer, carpenter, mechanic, and friend. His death leaves a void of indescribable measures, and we will impatiently wait for the day when we can embrace him again. Blessed be the memory of a wonderful husband, outstanding dad, and amazing friend.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Roger Maris Cancer Center, Fargo, ND.