July 28, 1944 - April 29, 2015


Memorial services celebrating the life of Reuben Darrell “Vik” Vik, 81, of Albany and formerly of Buffalo will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at Faith Lutheran Church in St. Cloud. Reuben passed away peacefully with family by his side on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at the St. Cloud Hospital. Pastor William Knaack will officiate.

Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday at Faith Lutheran church. Arrangements are with Daniel Funeral Home, St. Cloud.

Darrell was born on July 28, 1933 in Clarkfield, Minnesota to the late Reuben G. and Hallie (Sharkey) Vik. He attended the Minnesota School for the Deaf in Faribault. While there, he fell in love with Yvonne Dippold and they were united in marriage on August 20, 1954 in Clarkfield. Darrell worked for many years with his uncles in family businesses as an agricultural mechanic and farm hand. He then was employed in Duluth and Cokato as a furniture upholster. His final job was as a foreman and machinist with Globe Tool and Manufacturing in Minneapolis for over thirty years, retiring in 1992. Darrell and his family lived in Buffalo from 1975 until 2012. He was a lifelong member of Clarkfield Lutheran Church.

Darrell had many loves and hobbies including: hunting, fishing, woodworking, snowmobiling, boating and fixing things. His grandchildren and great grandchildren were the highlight of his life and he treasured spending time with them. He will be remembered as a Machinist by trade but an Engineer by heart.

Darrell is survived by the love of his life, Yvonne of Albany; children, Perry of Waite Park, Janet Demarais (Pete Desautel) of Albany, Reuben III (Melissa) of Buffalo; seven grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; sisters, Darlene (Dave) Shaw of Cresco, Iowa, Hallie Mae (Ron) Anderson of Fargo, North Dakota, Wilma Vik Barnett of Cerritos, California, Sonja (Jake) Kemen of St. Paul; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Kathleen Vik in 1964; and infant twin sister.

A special thank you to the ICU staff of the St. Cloud Hospital for their professional and compassionate care.

Memorials are preferred.