Roger D. Sunvold, 79, of Columbus, Montana, died April 17, 2020, at home. He was born August 19, 1940, in Ericson Township, Renville County, Minnesota, to Marvin and Mildred (Skogberg) Sunvold. He graduated from Sacred Heart, Minnesota, High School, where he was active in football, music, FFA, and 4-H. He married Marjorie Homme on March 13, 1965, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Sacred Heart.
Roger was a farmer/rancher all his life, starting with 4-H projects. He was active in the Minnesota Angus Association, holding various offices, and the American Angus Association. His commitment to breeding high performance Angus cattle continues to impact many herds in the Midwest. He also kept horses and enjoyed riding and driving teams.
Roger was a member of Our Savior’s Church his entire married life and served several years on the church council. He was born and spent his first 75 years living on the farm in Ericson Township that his great grandfather had purchased in the early 1900’s.
Roger and Marjorie relocated to Columbus, Montana, in 2015, to enjoy retirement on a small place near their daughter’s family. They continued with the Angus cattle, bringing five cows to Montana when they moved.
Roger is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marjorie; his sister, Phyllis (and John Arlen) Johnson of Sacred Heart, Minnesota; sons Gregory (and Susan) Sunvold of Lewisburg, Ohio; Daniel (and Tracie) Sunvold of Coronado, California; daughters Janelle (and Daniel) Palmer of Columbus, Montana; and Cynthia (and Chad) Foesch of Sacred Heart, Minnesota. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren: Caleb, Ethan, Leah, and Rebekah Sunvold; Jacob (and Kirsten) Palmer (Emma and Hudson), Matthew, and Nathan Palmer; Mary Savannah, Daniel Jr., and Samuel Sunvold, Justin (and Moriah) Foesch (Steel, Clark, and Liberty), Courtney (and Steven) Triplett (Addylyn, Ivy, Adam, and Jaxtion); and several nieces and nephews. Roger was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Wesley, an infant sister, and a grandson Kyle.
A private burial will be at Our Savior’s Cemetery in Sacred Heart, Minnesota, with a memorial gathering in the summer.
Memorials are suggested to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Box 159, Sacred Heart, Minnesota 56285; or to St. James Lutheran Church, 205 E. 1st Avenue N., Columbus, Montana 59019.
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