Roger Krogstad, age 85, of Bird Island died Friday, October 5, 2018 at the Olivia Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in Olivia. Funeral services are Tuesday, October 9th at 11:00 a.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Bird Island with Rev. Mandy France officiating. Burial is in the Bird Island City Cemetery. Visitation is Monday from 5-7 p.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Bird Island and continues there Tuesday for one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to Bird Island Lions or Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.
Roger William Krogstad, the older of two sons of C.W. (Bill) and Mabel (Hassel) Krogstad, was born in Tracy, MN, on July 28, 1933. He grew up at Porter, MN, where his father owned and operated the local grain elevator. He attended Porter Elementary School and graduated from Canby High School in 1951. He then attended St. Olaf College, majoring in Economics, graduating with a B.A. degree in 1955. Following his college days, he worked at the First National Bank in downtown Minneapolis, where he met Shirley Ann Hasse. On November 17, 1956, they were married at St. John Lutheran Church near New Germany, MN. Their marriage was blessed with three daughters: Sandra Jean, Suzanne Marie, and Stacey Ruth; and twin sons: Richard William and Robert Arthur. Their marriage lasted for more than 54 years until Shirley’s death on February 10, 2011. In 1958, Roger, his brother Phil, and their father bought an elevator and feed mill in Bird Island, MN, and that operation continued until November 2000. Roger was a lifelong Lutheran, and held both youth and adult offices in each of the congregations he attended. His and Shirley’s love of music, especially sacred hymns and anthems, had them involved in the choirs of their churches. This love of music has been passed onto their children, as evidenced by their many talents and dedication. In addition to his church activities Roger was a charter member of the Bird Island Lions Club, worked in many community organizations, as well as volunteering to assist with the Senior Nutrition programs for both Bird Island and Hector.
Roger is survived by his five children: Sandie (and Wayne) Mulder, Sue Crenshaw, Stacey (and Steve) Lewandowski, Rick (and Janet) Krogstad, Rob Krogstad (and special friend Brian Yetzer); his five grandchildren: Becky (and Chris) Albertson, Todd Mulder (and spouse Dirk Tedmon), Emily Krogstad, Andrew Krogstad, and Alexis Lewandowski; his two great-granddaughters Natalie and Makenna Albertson; his special friend Marilyn Kontz; his sisters-in law Barb Krogstad, Beverly (and Bruce) Smith, and Nelda (and Harold) Schmidt; his brother-in-law James (and JoAnn) Hasse; and many nieces and nephews. Roger was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Shirley Krogstad; his brother Phil Krogstad; and Shirley’s parents Orville and Elsie Hasse
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