Allen M. Fossey, 91

Published 11:43 am Saturday, February 2, 2019

Allen M. Fossey, 91, of Preston, Minnesota, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield, Minnesota.

He was born June 1, 1927, in Mitchell County, Iowa, the oldest of four children born to Mense and Amy (Rustad) Fossey. Allen graduated from Lyle High School in 1944 and was united in marriage to Marian Hardecopf in 1950 at Marshall Lutheran Church in rural Adams, Minnesota. Together they had four children: Bruce, Wanda, Jean and Bonnie. Allen farmed in the Lyle, Minnesota, and Mona, Iowa, area. In 1969, he purchased a farm near Preston where he raised beef cattle, hogs and crops. Allen enjoyed attending auctions, going to the sales barn, listening to polka music and dancing, but most of all enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. Allen also worked at Preston Dairy and Farm for many years driving the water truck until he was in his early 80s. He made a point of attending all of his grandchildren’s high school, college, masters and doctoral graduations. Following the passing of his wife, Marian, Allen was united in marriage to Marge Larson in 2003.

Allen is survived by his four children, Bruce Fossey of Preston, Wanda Hofstad of Rochester, Minnesota, Jean Fossey of Rushford, Minnesota, and Bonnie (Tom Brownell) Fossey of Hibbing, Minnesota; three grandchildren, Ryan Brownell, Dr. Brittany Brownell and Thea Hofstad; and one sister, Norma (Emory) Price of Lyle. He was preceded in death by his wives, Marian in 1991 and Marge in 2018; a brother, Leo; and a sister, Margaret.

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A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday Feb. 2, 2019, at Christ Lutheran Church in Preston with Pastor Dan Bredberg officiating. Visitation will be held for one hour before the service on Saturday at the church. Burial of the urn will take place in the spring. Condolences may be left online at