Roger Norman Etrheim
October 21, 1936 ~ January 15, 2014
Roger Norman Etrheim, 77, Sioux Falls, passed from this life on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at the Good Samaritan Village in Sioux Falls after a short battle with cancer.
Memorial services will be held at 2:00PM, Saturday, January 18, 2014, at the Jasper Evangelical Lutheran Church of Jasper, MN, with Pastor Obed Nelson officiating. Inurnment will be at the Jasper City Cemetery.
Roger Norman Etrheim was born October 21, 1936, to Sven and Randy (Gjerde) Etrheim in Tyler, MN. He was raised and educated in the local area and graduated from Jasper High School. He met and married his high school sweetheart, Jeanette Rislov, in Jasper, MN. Roger and Jeanette were married for 56 years.
When they were first married, Roger was serving in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Paris, France. When his military service ended, the couple moved to Mankato, MN, where he attended college and worked at the local foundry to support his family. Following graduation, Roger worked a few odd jobs until he landed a corporate position with Texaco and moved to Iowa. After many years with Texaco, Roger moved on, and toward the end of his professional career took a position with, and eventually retired from, the Iowa Corn Board. Roger was instrumental in the marketing of ethanol use in gasoline.
Upon retirement, the couple moved to Bella Vista, AR, where they spent 17 years before returning to Sioux Falls in April 2013 to be closer to family. Their years in retirement were filled with golf, traveling, card clubs, church and any other opportunities to be social. Roger loved working at his church’s food-pantry and greeting all the children on Sunday mornings. Roger continued to volunteer his time throughout his retirement years. This included his time at the nursing home, where he would push a neighbor to the dining room for meals, even though he was in a wheelchair himself.
Roger is survived by two children, Brenda Etrheim, Des Moines, IA, and David (Dede) Etrheim, New Braunfels, TX, three grandchildren, Erick (Alissa) Etrheim, Kyle Etrheim, and Peter McDermott, and two brothers, Donald and Harold Etrheim, both of Jasper MN.
Roger was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, James Etrheim; his sister, Beverly Radi; and his beloved wife, Jeanette. May God bless his memory, which will continue to live on in all those who knew and loved him.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Jasper Evangelical Lutheran Church or the Christ the King Church Food Pantry in Rogers, AR.