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Roger L. Roepke, 74

Roger LeRoy Roepke, age 74, of Cokato, passed away at Abbott Northwestern Hospital Monday, Jan. 14, 2019.

His funeral service will be Saturday, Jan. 19 at 11 a.m. at Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cokato, with visitation beginning one hour prior to the service at the church.

Roger was born May 3, 1944, in Glencoe, to Loren and Gladys (VonBerge) Roepke. He grew up in Round Grove Township, on a farm between Brownton and Stewart.

Roger graduated from Brownton High School in 1962. After high school, he attended Winona College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree and played on the college baseball team.

He later joined the US Army and was stationed in San Diego.

After the army, Roger returned to Minnesota and taught school in Walnut Grove, Brownton, and Hutchinson. While teaching, he was recruited into the insurance business and in 1974, came to Cokato as an agent for State Farm Insurance. He retired in 2005.

Roger married Joyce Annette Young Sept. 6, 1986. The couple made their home in Cokato.

Roger had many hobbies, including golf, fishing, and snowmobiling. He enjoyed baseball and played for the DC Saints.

Roger was a member of the Lions, the Ridge Runners, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cokato.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce, of Cokato; children Brent (Karna) Rice of Excelsior, Steve Rice of Bloomington, Leigh (Troy) Sangren of Glenwood, Lynn (Scott) Anderson of Montrose, and Kelli (Tad) Palmquist of Warroad; and grandchildren Kristina Rice, Lauren Rice, Tommy Rice, Jayson Rice, Annelise Rice, Jack Palmquist, Jase Palmquist, Emily Haan, and Ashley Haan.

Roger is further survived by three sisters: Darlene (Ed) Kirchoff, Noreen Prinkey, and Joni (Kenny) Dose; a brother, Marlen (Nancy) Roepke; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Loren and Gladys Roepke; and a son, Paul Roepke.

The Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cokato and Howard Lake; www.swansonpeterson.com.

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