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Published October 02, 2013, 12:00 AM

Roger Merle Emerson

Roger Merle Emerson of Chaseley North Dakota, 74, died September 29, 2013 at the Bethany Lutheran Home in Brandon, South Dakota.

Roger was born November 8th, 1938 at Chaseley North Dakota, the son of Arthur Emerson and Esther (Schoumaker) Emerson. He grew up in the United Methodist Church, formerly the EUB, was educated in Chaseley and graduated from High School in 1957.

Roger Merle Emerson

Roger Merle Emerson of Chaseley North Dakota, 74, died September 29, 2013 at the Bethany Lutheran Home in Brandon, South Dakota.

Roger was born November 8th, 1938 at Chaseley North Dakota, the son of Arthur Emerson and Esther (Schoumaker) Emerson. He grew up in the United Methodist Church, formerly the EUB, was educated in Chaseley and graduated from High School in 1957.

He attended the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, majoring in Business and graduating cum laude with a BA in December of 1960. After graduating he worked for Minneapolis Moline and later the Firestone Company based in Devils Lake, ND. He left Firestone to join the family business, first to manage the satellite location in Starkweather, ND before its closure and then returned to Chaseley finishing out his career as a partner and owner of the Emerson's Chaseley Garage.

He was well known and well liked among all the farmers who relied upon the garage for parts and social interaction. He was also a beloved mentor to many, including his niece and nephews who spent many summers with the family in Chaseley along with several of his younger cousins who considered him more as an uncle.

An avid sportsmen; Roger took several trips up deep into Canada for hunting and fishing and any time he could get away, spent hours and hours on Lake Sakakawea fishing for Walleye. In later years he cared for his parents Art & Esther while maintaining the garage until the lure of fishing led to his retirement.

When Roger was overcome by ill health, his nephew Mitch moved to Chaseley to care for him. Upon Mitch's death in 2011, Roger moved to South Dakota to live closer to his sister, Audrey where he remained until his death.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents, his nephew Mitchell Jones, his brother-in-law Micheal Jones and his uncle Matt Emerson.

Roger is survived by his sister Audrey Jones of Sioux Falls, SD; nephew Steve Jones of Rapid City, SD; niece Kristi (Jones) and Jeff Whitney of Sioux Falls, SD; his uncle Gordon Emerson of Minot, ND; his aunt Jane (Schoumaker) and Norman Schaubert of Fargo, ND; and his aunt Phyllis (Schoumaker) and Howard Cusey of Steele, ND.

Funeral: Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Chaseley.

Visitation: Wednesday, from 2 pm to 5pm at the Nelson Funeral Home in Fessenden.

Burial: Chaseley Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, family prefers memorials to the Chaseley Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent by visiting www.nelsonfuneralhomesnd.com

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