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Roger Roepke, 74, of Cokato

Roger Roepke

Roger L. Roepke passed away at Abbott Northwestern Hospital Jan. 14.
A funeral service was held Saturday, Jan. 19, 11 a.m., at Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cokato. Visitation was one hour before service at church.
Roger LeRoy Roepke 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.
Mr. Roepke 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 U.S. Army and was stationed in San Diego.
After the Army, Mr. Roepke 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.
Mr. Roepke married Joyce Annette Young Sept. 6, 1986. The couple made their home in Cokato. Mr. Roepke had many hobbies, including golf, fishing, and snowmobiling. He enjoyed baseball and played for the DC Saints. Mr. Roepke was a member of the Lions, the Ridge Runners, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cokato.
Mr. Roepke passed away at Abbott Northwestern Hospital Jan. 14. He had reached the age of 74 years, eight months, and 11 days.
Survivors include 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; grandchildren, Kristina Rice, Lauren Rice, Tommy Rice, Jayson Rice, Annelise Rice, Jack Palmquist, Jose Palmquist, Emily Haan, and Ashley Haan; sisters, Darlene (Ed) Kirchoff, Noreen Prinkey, and Joni (Kenny) Dose; brother, Marlen (Nancy) Roepke; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.
Mr. Roepke was preceded in death by parents, Loren and Gladys Roepke, and a son, Paul Roepke.
Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cokato and Howard Lake, handled the arrangements.