Roger Pederson, 83, of Oylen passed away peacefully at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud on May 25, 2017.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the Oylen Alliance Tabernacle, rural Verndale. Visitation will be Friday, June 2, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 6:00 p.m. at the Karvonen Funeral Home in Wadena; and again one hour prior to services at the church.
Arrangements are with the Karvonen Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Wadena.
Roger Dale Pederson was born on June 13, 1933 at home in Bullard Township, rural Staples to Elmer Gilbert and Esther (Torgerson) Pederson. Roger was baptized on July 4, 1946 in Oylen. His mother passed away when he was very young and he was raised by his father and step-mother, Irene. Roger proudly served in the U. S. Army during the Korean Conflict in Germany, from 1954 to 1956. When he returned home from Germany, he lived in Oylen. On January 30, 1960 Roger married Patricia Ann Coleman at the United Methodist Church in Wadena.
They dairy farmed and later raised beef cattle. Roger was a heavy equipment operator for Nanik’s, retiring in 1976. He enjoyed rebuilding tractors, woodworking and carving.
Roger is survived by his wife of 57 years; one son, Kevin (Nancy) Pederson of Becker and one daughter, Jeannie Kay (Kevin) Dezell of Browerville; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; nine step-great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and step-mother, Irene.