Roger Anderson, 73, of Alamo and Williston, passed away at his home in Williston on Friday, February 1, 2019 after a short battle with pancreatic cancer, surrounded by his loving family.
Roger was born June 16, 1945 in Plentywood, MT, the son of Wilbur (Bill) and Edna (Pedersen) Anderson. He was baptized and confirmed at Nathanael Lutheran Church in Dagmar, MT. He attended grade school at Hiawatha Elementary School in Dagmar, and graduated from Medicine Lake High School in 1963. Growing up, Roger worked on his family's cattle and grain farm, and at age 14, he also began working for his “Uncle Buck”, during which he spent several years seeding, summer fallowing, milking cows, combining, hauling grain, and haying. He played sports throughout his school aged years, and in particular enjoyed playing baseball in Dagmar as well as Legion Baseball in Grenora, ND.
Roger attended college at Minot State University/College, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education, majoring in Social Sciences. Following college, he taught for two years in Epping, ND.
In 1961, while attending Medicine Lake High School, he met the love of his life, Bernice Eide (daughter of Orvin and Alpha Eide). Neither one of them had ever dated before, and they quickly fell in love and were married at Trinity Lutheran Church of rural Ambrose on July 1, 1967. Roger and Bernice had four children, Darren, Chad, Kirk, and Wendy.
In 1973, he decided to leave teaching and go where his heart was. He began farming full-time north of Alamo, ND on their grain farm and continued to farm for the rest of his life, a career that spanned nearly 60 years. In addition to farming full-time, he also worked as a carpenter for several years, building homes in the Williston area. He built two homes for his own family (one in Williston where he and Bernice spent the winter months, and one on the farm north of Alamo) in addition to building a home with his son, Chad and family in Minot. He also built multiple pieces of furniture, photo frames, bookcases, and other items for his family over the years. He could often be found helping with various remodel projects for his sons and daughter over the years.
In addition to farming and carpentry, Roger enjoyed playing sports, including racquetball, baseball, softball, and golfing, as well as hunting, fishing, reading books about the West, visiting over coffee with his friends and family, and attending special events for his children and grandchildren.
Roger was preceded in death by his parents; his infant son, Darren; his grandparents, Hannah and Christian Andersen and Anton and Agnes Pedersen, and his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Orvin and Alpha Eide.
Roger is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Bernice, Alamo and Williston: sons, Chad (Dawn) Anderson and their children Garrett and Isabelle, Minot; and Kirk (Karin) Anderson and their children, Kathryn “Katy” and Hannah, Fargo; and daughter, Wendy (Kevin) Baisch and their children, Julia, Marlee, and Anna, Williston; brother, LeRoy “Pete” (Fran) Anderson, Park Rapids, MN; sister-in-law, Ann Marie (Earl) Wheeler, Williston; as well as nieces, a nephew, and cousins.
Roger will be lovingly remembered as a humble, gentle, kind, hardworking man. He was a well-liked and dearly loved “Dagmar Dane” who will be dearly missed by his many family and friends.
Memorials may be directed to American Cancer Society or Calvary Lutheran Church in Alamo, North Dakota.