Roepke, Roger Fredrick 71

Roger Fredrick Roepke, age 71 of Howard Lake, passed away April 25, 2018 at Bethesda Hospital in Saint Paul. Roger was born October 16, 1946 in Watertown, MN to Ardell and Elaine Roepke. Roger has always been a family man. As a teenager he left school to help his parents with their farm. Roger was united in Marriage to Ethel Oakley on 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. Roger loved his dogs, the Vikings, chocolate, and Johny Cash; however, he loved his family most. When his kids were young he would take them on camping trips every summer. He enjoyed watching all his kids and grandkids play sports and compete. He was always available to his family to help in anyway needed. He is survived by his wife of 50 years Ethel; mother, Elaine Roepke; brothers, Sheldon Roepke, Al (Mavis) Roepke; sister, Suzan Ziedler, Diane (Rick) Reisdorfer; daughters, Melissa Bondhus, Jane (John) Brown, Ann (Patrick) Roepke, and Amy Roepke; 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; son, Todd Roepke.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, May 4, 2018 at the New Life Assembly of God Church in Cokato, with visitation on Thursday, May 3, 2018 from 5-7 PM and continuing 1 hour prior to services at church on Friday. Arrangements by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cokato & Howard Lake, MN (320)543-3401, www.swansonpeterson.com