Kerry Mogen

Kerry Mogen

July 17, 1950 – June 20, 2010

Kerry E. Mogen, 59, Sioux Falls, died Sunday, June 20, 2010 at the Dougherty Hospice House.

Memorial services will be 1 pm Saturday, June 26, 2010, at Sonrise Baptist Church of Sioux Falls with Rev. Jesse Moore officiating.

Kerry was born on July 17, 1950 in St. Paul, Minnesota.  His parents were Donald and Esther Mogen. Kerry spent the early years in St. Paul, MN and then moved to Aberdeen at the age of ten.  He graduated from Aberdeen Central and went on to Northern State College.  While in school, he married Dianne Nelson in 1971 and had a daughter, Stacy Lynn.  Soon there after, Kerry changed his vocational plans and headed to Minneapolis, MN and launched a musical career that carried him all around the world playing with various bands and varieties of music. In 1980, Kerry married Donna Geiger in Cincinnati, OH and soon they had a son, Ryan.  On June 3, 2000, Kerry married Connie Crook-Jungwirth back in Aberdeen, SD.

Kerry spent his entire life pursuing his great love of music.  His was a skilled trumpet player, vocalist, keyboard player and even taught himself how to play drums.  He was a very entertaining musician and “front man” for several bands.  The last group he was with, The Great Unknowns, even played the stage of the SD State Fair.  Kerry was also involved with his church praise band at Sonrise Baptist Church in Sioux Falls.

Survivors include his wife, Connie, Sioux Falls; his father, Donald Mogen, Davie, FL; a son, Ryan Mogen, Midland, TX; a daughter, Stacey (Barry) Ellis, Miles City, MT; a step-daughter, Amy Jungwirth, Sioux Falls; a brother, David (Michelle) Mogen, Davie, FL and seven grandchildren.

Kerry was preceded in death by his mother, Esther.

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  • Claudia Kapp says:

    Connie,
    I’m thinking of you and the family as you grieve Kerry’s untimely death. He certainly lived life and provided joy to so many by sharing his gift of music with so many. He fought a good fight this past year. I’m so glad you were there every step of the way. He will be missed. Peace, Claudia Kapp

  • Kris Turman says:

    Don, Connie and Amy,
    I was shocked when I saw this in the paper this morning — have not seen any of you for a long time so had no idea. I did not know Kerry well, but what I did know was that he cared deeply about his family. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers as you mourn his death. Rest assured that you all have a very special angel watching over you! God Bless!

  • Dennis Ernst says:

    Was saddened to hear of Kerry’s passing. Was a classmate at Central in 1968. God will provide comfort to you and your family in the coming days ahead. Prayers are very important and God loves You and the family. You will be in our prayers.

  • Kathy Nowell Tulare says:

    My thoughts are with you Connie. Such a sad time for you again. Kathy

  • Karla Halliday says:

    Dear Don, Ryan, Stacy and Connie, my heart and Prayers go out to you! I was so Blessed to have known Kerry! I honestly can’t think of anyone who didn’t love him. He brought so very much happiness to everyone he came across. I’m so very,very,very sorry!!! When I knew Kerry, I had a drinking problem and it is because of Kerry that I am now and have been sober for over 10 years. He touched my life and my heart is so very many ways. I won’t ever forget him and I know so many people, friends he has in Hawai’i, who join me in extending our deepest sympathy. God must have needed a VERY special Angel. Kerry will be missed more than you can imagine.

    Karla

  • Donnarae says:

    I am so heartbroken as to Kerry’s death. I used to sing alongside Kerry in Ninja back in the mid 8o’s. Kerry was a blast to work with! “Ry guy” was one of my favorite roadies! I am honored to have worked alongside him and my other road brother Bill Browning,our drummer who recently passed a week ago. Got to be one heck of a band jammin up there! My love and sympathy to his family. He will never be forgotten as the king of the onstage practical jokes. ~Donnarae Johnson

  • Rick says:

    I have been a fan of Kerry’s music ever since I heard the songs he recorded with my friends’ band NW Frontier in 1990-1991. I had always wanted to look him up to be able to compliment him on his amazing voice and tell him his old bandmates said hi. Then I find this page. It is amazing to see how many bands he had been a part of, both before my friends and after. I would love to hear the rest of his works someday. And for those who care, the video and audio footage I have of him I will share on youtube etc. As a musician, he has our total respect.

  • Jeff Bellagamba says:

    KERRY JOINED MY BAND “THE UNTOUCHABLES” IN 1978. THE GROUP WAS SO SUCCESSFULL NATIONWIDE FOR 3 CONSECUTIVE YEARS, FOLLOWING NAME ACTS, DOLLY PARTON, KENNY ROGERS, THE OAKRIDGE BOYS, ALABAMA, DRAWING AND GENERATING EQUAL OR MORE PEOPLE AND SALES.”BELIEVE IT OR NOT”. HE WAS THE MOST TALENTED MUSICIAN AND SINGER, I AS THE LEADER OF THE BAND, HAVE EVER EXPERIENCED IN MY ENTIRE 20 YEARS AS A SINGER ENTERTAINER. KERRY IS THE BEST OF THE BEST..TAKE APPRECIATIVE NOTE “STEVE PERRY” OF JOURNEY, FOR YOU WOULD HAVE SMILED “MOST” WHILE EXPERIENCING “KERRY MOGEN” “MY BUDDY”

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