Obituary for Douglas Trangsrud

Douglas Trangsrud, age 55 of Rochester, passed away after suffering a heart attack at home on Tuesday, January 30, 2018. Douglas Joel Trangsrud was born April 13, 1962, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Julian and Elizabeth (Rinde) Trangsrud. At the age of 4 he moved with his family to Northfield. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church and graduated from Northfield High School in 1980. He attended Iowa State University and later received his degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota. On October 1, 1988, Douglas married Jean M. Cahill at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in […]

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Douglas Trangsrud, age 55 of Rochester, passed away after suffering a heart attack at home on Tuesday, January 30, 2018.

Douglas Joel Trangsrud was born April 13, 1962, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Julian and Elizabeth (Rinde) Trangsrud. At the age of 4 he moved with his family to Northfield. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church and graduated from Northfield High School in 1980. He attended Iowa State University and later received his degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota.

On October 1, 1988, Douglas married Jean M. Cahill at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in St. Peter. After marriage they made their home in Dayton and Douglas worked with his father at Royal Concrete Pipe in Stacy. Douglas, Jean and family lived in Elk River for several years until moving to Rochester in 2007. Over the years, Douglas worked for Hanson Concrete Pipe in Apple Valley, American Engineering in St. Paul and Stantec in Rochester.

Douglas was a member of Zumbro Lutheran Church and several professional engineering organizations. He enjoyed golf, coaching girls youth hockey, and was an avid Minnesota sports fan. He was a warm, charismatic, personable, loyal individual, who valued his friendships and relationships dearly. He had a true passion for his family and was deeply involved with his children in all of their endeavors.

Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Jean; 3 children, Katie (James) Powers of Minneapolis, Meghan of Rochester, John of Rochester; his parents, Julian and Elizabeth Trangsrud of Northfield; his sister, Melisa (Matt) Simonet of Richfield; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Services will be 11:00 AM, Saturday, February 10, 2018, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 500 W 3rd St., Northfield. Visitation will be one hour prior and a reception will follow. Interment will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, Northfield.

All friends are invited to an open house at the Northfield Golf Club from 2:30PM – 5:00PM, on Saturday afternoon, February 10, 2018.

Memorial donations will be directed to the Minnesota Autism Center School (MAC), 2110 Silver Bell Rd, Eagan, MN 55122, where his son John currently attends.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com

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Funeral

February 10, 2018 - 11:00 AM


Visitation One Hour Before Service
St. John’s Lutheran Church
500 3rd St W Northfield, 55057 Get Directions

Burial

Burial

Oaklawn Cemetery
1415 Wall Street Rd Northfield, 55057 Get Directions

15 Comments

  1. Robert Adams

    Jim Katie sorry to hear this sad news
    Robert Adams Rochester Mn

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  2. Diane and Joe Mazzitelli Colorado formally Northfield

    Please accept our sympathy. So sorry for your families loss

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  3. May Beth Harkness Morris

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time.

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  4. Bill Meinholz

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. Doug was a great manager and am proud to have worked with him. Best wishes to your family.

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  5. Tom Nikolai

    Julian, I offer my deepest condolences and prayers.

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  6. Tiffany Jordon

    Doug was an amazing man. He was funny, loving, caring, fun to be with and so much more. He truly cared about people and his family. He was someone I could always talk to. God gained another angel and we lost an amazing man. He will always remain in my heart and to never be forgotten.

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  7. Shari Turner

    Dear Jean and family, I have been so saddened by this news and have had you all in my thoughts and prayers since I was told of Doug’s sudden passing. I want to be there with you all, unfortunately Andrew and I are not able to make it at this time. We are with you all in heart and spirit. Doug was such a wonderful man, always smiling and enjoying life. I know from Charley how close they were, I remember hearing stories, and they were always fun and crazy! Any time Doug was involved there was laughter and smiles! They are now both angels in heaven, back together! I am praying for you Jean, I cant say I know what you are going through but I might know some of your feelings. I just cant even think of the right thing to say, I just wish I could give you a hug. Andrew and I want to send our love and condolences. Doug will never be forgotten, I will always remember that smile and that spirit of joy he carried with him always. I feel blessed to have known him and will never forget the support he gave us in our time of need. God Bless you Doug, Jean, Julian and Betty, and kids, and may God comfort you all in this difficult and sad time.

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  8. Paula & Donn Batchelder

    We are so very sorry for your loss. We have many great memories of Doug. Coaching the girls, hanging with friends, & his kind hearted gentle spirit. Your family is in our thoughts & prayers during this difficult time.

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  9. Doug, Deb, and Katie Robinson

    Doug was a kind and big supporter, coach of and against our Daughter Katie Robinson from DC Wildcat HS Hockey to the University of Minnesota Gopher Hockey. Very classy person. Our hearts break, and keeping the family in our thoughts.

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  10. Travis Collins

    So sorry to hear about Doug’s untimely passing. Doug was an all-time great guy. I will always remember his bright personality and the memorable times we shared on the golf course. He was such a great guy to know and I always looked forward to seeing him and being in his company. Doug will be missed by his many long-time friends in the concrete industry. My sincere condolences to the entire Trangsrud family.

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  11. Mike Jackson

    Jean, we are so sorry for your loss. We Loved Dougie. He is going to be deeply missed. Our prayers our with you and your family. If you need anything let us know. I Love you guys.

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  12. Wendy Kellen

    I’m very sorry for your loss. He loved his children so much. He gleamed every time he talked about them. He will be missed by many. Sending thoughts and prayers to your family.

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  13. Anne Jorgensen

    My thoughts and prayers to all of Doug’s family during this time of such great loss. I’m a friend from his high school days and can still hear his laugh. Such a kind and gentle soul who brought so much cheer to everything and everyone. I can only imagine how much you will miss him. May you find peace and comfort each other during this time. Warmly, Anne

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  14. Nick Egger

    I was blessed to know Doug through our professional associations. Although we didn’t get to a point of knowing each other extremely well, I can say without equivocation that in all my times around Doug, I always left with a warm feeling from the interaction. He was truly a pleasure to be around. My deepest condolences to the entire family in this time of great loss.

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  15. Steve Olson

    My condolences go out to the family. I don’t recall Doug without a smile, always fun to be around. First met him at TCT back in the 1980’s. He will be greatly missed. A wonderful guy. May God bless!

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