Michael Dale Voetberg, 34, Leota, formerly of Magnolia, died Wednesday, March 13, 2019.
Visitation was Tuesday, March 19, at the Dingmann Funeral Home in Luverne.
Michael Voetberg was born Feb. 22, 1985, to Bryan and Donna (Boon) Voetberg. He was baptized in the Methodist Church of Rock Valley, Iowa, and professed his faith initially with his Grandpa Boon at a Christian Motorcycle Rally and later in the Methodist Church of Magnolia. Michael attended the Luverne Public School. He left in his senior year and obtained his GED from the Alternative School in Luverne. His testing scores were utilized to obtain further funding for future students. His next adventure in life was touring New Zealand for approximately six weeks. He worked at Glen’s Food Center in Luverne stocking the produce department. He then worked as a steal fabricator at Sudenga Industries in George, Iowa, for 12 years.
Michael’s love was music. He bought his first guitar and amp when he was 15 years old. He played electric guitar in the Youth Promise Band (YPB) during his high school years. He loved jamming with friends. He was a self-taught musician and played guitar, drums, and keyboards. He spent many hours recording music at his home in Leota.
Michael was a free spirit and never dwelled on earthly possessions. He found peace in nature and spent many weekends around the Twin Harbors or at Touch the Sky Prairie, a wildlife refuge north of Luverne. He advocated for saving the planet and feeding the hungry by taking the steps to make his footprint greener and sponsored a child in Africa.
Michael was a lifelong learner. He enjoyed reading books, writing short stories, and publishing several poems. He was considerate, complex, passionate, brilliant and quirky.
Michael is survived by his parents, Bryan and Donna Voetberg, Magnolia; three brothers, Matthew Voetberg, Luverne, Joshua Voetberg, Magnolia, and Jeremiah Voetberg, Magnolia; grandparents Arie and Marge (Niemeyer) Boon, Rock Valley; and many uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents Ben and Jess Voetberg and an uncle, Harv Voetberg.
Arrangements were provided by Dingmann Funeral Home of Luverne,