Age 75 of Center City. Born May 11, 1942 in Virginia, MN. Roger died peacefully in his sleep surrounded by family on June 17, 2017. Roger graduated from high school in Tower Minnesota and then attended Stout State College. Always a Ranger at heart Roger returned with his family to Tower for the 4th of July every year until he was no longer able to travel. He worked at Frost Paint in Minneapolis for 10 years. He then moved to 3M and retired from there on his 65th birthday. While at 3M as an engineer he traveled the world and developed several products which earned him patents. He earned his private pilot's license in 1989 and enjoyed flying Cessna's for several years . He and Georgia bought a hobby farm near Almelund where he fell in love with old tractors and mowing grass. He was active in the Lions Club in Minneapolis. He was active as a volunteer in local DFL politics in Chisago County after retiring where he enjoyed driving an antique tractor pulling a float in many area parades.
Preceded in death by his father, Rognar Anderson; mother Agnes Avikainen; step-father, Owen Avikainen of Tower, MN. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Georgia Hoyt Anderson; daughter, Susan Schmalz; son-in-law Tom Schmalz; Grandaughter, Katie Schmalz (Leif Lusty); sister, Linda (Keith) Carlon of Buhl, MN; and many nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Roger's Life will be 11 AM Saturday June 24th at Roberts Family Life Celebration Home, 555 SW Centennial Dr., Forest Lake with visitation beginning at 10 AM until time of service. Interment at Gordon Memorial Cemetery, Gordon, WI at a later date.
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Several years ago Roger was at our home for the night and the phone rang--still the good old land line and it was Georgia all upset because they had a storm--lights off and on, wires dangling on barn--really upset--all Roger said when he hung up was I can't help her from this far off and I didn't tell her we had a much more urgent problem--Sonny's denture had broken and he was trying to glue it as we were sitting at a table--
It was one those times when you just sit and laugh-
Anyhow to me Roger was quiet and matter of fact. Anne
Georgia, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Roger was a dear sweet soul. Let the good memories from the past 54 years fill the empty space in your heart.
Happy Father's Day Dad - Love you!
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