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Roger F. Roepke, 71

Roger Fredrick Roepke, age 71, of Howard Lake, passed away Wednesday, April 25, 2018, at Bethesda Hospital in Saint Paul.

A memorial service will take place Friday, May 4 at 11 a.m. at the New Life Assembly of God Church in Cokato, with visitation Thursday, May 3 from 5 to 7 p.m., and continuing Friday, one hour prior to the services at the church.

Arrangements are with Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cokato & Howard Lake; www.swansonpeterson.com

Roger was born Oct. 16, 1946, in Watertown, to Ardell and Elaine Roepke.

He was always a family man. As a teenager, Roger left school to help his parents with their farm.

He was united in marriage to Ethel Oakley June 17, 1967. Their marriage was blessed with a boy, Todd; and four girls; Melissa, Jane, Ann, and Amy.

Roger worked as a foreman at Mid-America for 27 years.

He loved his dogs, the Vikings, chocolate, and Johny Cash; however, he loved his family most. When his kids were young, Roger would take them on camping trips every summer; and he enjoyed watching all his kids and grandkids play sports and compete.

Roger was always available to his family to help in any way needed.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Ethel; mother, Elaine Roepke; brothers, Sheldon Roepke, and Al (Mavis) Roepke; sisters, Suzan Ziedler, and Diane (Rick) Reisdorfer; daughters, Melissa Bondhus, Jane (John) Brown, Ann (Patrick) Roepke, and Amy Roepke; and grandchildren, Zachary Sanford, Ty Roepke, Jake Summerfield, Peyton Roepke, Lexi Brown, Zayne Brown, Anna Roepke, and Phoebe Willette.

Roger was preceded in death by his father, Ardell Roepke; brother, Kenneth Roepke; and son, Todd Roepke.

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