Local Dads Reflect On Fatherhood

. May 31, 2019.
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Father’s Day honors the paternal bonds and influence of fathers in society. Dating back to 1909, it’s celebrated annually in the US on the third Sunday in June. We reached out to local dads to ask them what fatherhood means to them, what they learned from their own fathers and how they celebrate Father’s Day.

Wick Colchagoff

Wick Colchagoff

Colbi, Lori, Wick and Sydni Colchagoff.

Kids: Colbi (22) and Sydni (20)

On being a father
It’s the most challenging and rewarding experience. To provide, protect and mentor your children until they become adults is both exciting and terrifying. From changing diapers, to teaching them how to ride a bicycle, to worrying about them driving, to seeing them become independent, honorable adults. The entire experience truly teaches unconditional love.

My dad taught me
How to be a mentor without being overbearing. He told me that, when you are a teenager, you feel your parents don’t know anything, but by the time you are 25, your parents are right about everything. He also taught me to be generous with those that have less. Late in life, my dad loved to tip 50 percent or better.

Father’s Day celebration
We spend time together as a family and everyone does what I want to do for the day. Sometimes it might just be a relaxing day while other times we will do something outdoors. We have gone golfing, cycling and kayaking in the past. However, the best part is just spending time together.

Craig Rogghe

CRAIG ROGGHE

Craig and Melissa Rogghe Anell (13) Norah (10) Remy (10) Brycen (5) and Lakin (3).

Kids: Anell (13), Norah (10), Remy (10), Brycen (5), Lakin (3). We have 2 biological and 3 adopted kiddos.

On being a father
My favorite part of fatherhood is getting to see the world through my kids’ eyes. Whether it’s playing board games or video games, there’s always something fun to learn about my kids.

My dad taught me
“You can be the smartest person in the world, but if you have no manners it doesn’t mean a thing.”

Father’s Day celebration
For Father’s Day, my wife and kids love making cards for me and giving them to me. They try to find a project around the farm I want to get done, and they all pitch in to help me.

Ben Feller

BEN FELLER

Ben Feller, Samantha (12) Aiden (7).

Kids: Samantha (12) and Aiden (7)

On being a father
For me, there is no “favorite part” of being a father. It’s more an accumulation of raising someone who will do good in the world, having little versions of myself to play and hang out with and hearing little giggles and laughs when they are happy. I guess if I had to choose one thing, though, it would be seeing the looks on their faces and hearing the words, “I love you, Dad.”

My dad taught me
Above all, to treat others well. My dad has shown not just me and my family unconditional love and support, but also the people around him as well. He has been the rock of the family ever since I can remember and has shown all of us what it means to be, not just a father, but also a dad.

Father’s Day celebration
My favorite thing to do on Father’s Day is to spend time with my kids, without whom I wouldn’t be able to celebrate it. I also like to hang out with my own dad, whether it’s watching the Tigers play, or just hanging out with him and my kids.

Jason Wagner

Jason Wagner

Kids: Brahlen (11), Avett (5)

On being a father
Of all things in my life, the one thing that rises to the top which I am most grateful for is being a dad. Any fella can become a father, but being a quality dad takes commitment and patience. The love I feel for my son makes my heart feel like a balloon that is about to burst. These boys are one thing I had most anticipated growing up, along with from marriage. I feel a deep sense of pride and admiration for my boys. Being a dad has made me a better man, and being a better man continues to help me become a better dad.

My dad taught me
Most notably, how to work hard. I’ve never seen my dad take a shortcut. He taught me to think three steps ahead and to begin every project with the end in mind. Growing up, my dad always told us “the more you know, the easier it is to know more.” I still don’t know what that means, but I have never stopped learning and that is probably why. I have always admired my dad’s drive and resilience. Nothing makes me more proud than when someone says to me, with a smile, “You’re Ed Wagner’s boy?” Also, my dad’s grandpa game is top notch, as he is fun, entertaining and has embraced the title with undeniable and sincere love.

Father’s Day celebration
I like to celebrate Father’s Day with my dad, grilling out and relaxing by a campfire. Ideally, with my boys, I would love to be camping or hiking, or smoking some meats. In the future, if I could be playing the ole guitar and singing songs around a campfire with them, that’d hit me in the feels on Father’s Day. Just being together is all I’d want, breathing in and appreciating every second.

Josh Kurtz

Josh Kurtz

Josh, Brenna, Kristy and Easton Kurtz.

Kids: Easton (15) and Brenna (12)

On being a father
Fatherhood is a blessing that’s unexplainable and a responsibility that I am called to do. I want to be able to raise my children to be the best all around people so they can be wonderful contributors to society. I want to give them love, support and knowledge that they can pass along to their children.

My dad taught me
That you are not always right. I learned patience, hard work and how to sacrifice for your family. Also, I learned to “embrace the baldness!”

Father’s Day celebration
My wife and I both lost our fathers a few years back, so we understand this can be a hard day for people. We take time to talk about our memories of our fathers. We also spend the whole day together as a family!