Roger Otto Rumstick, age 79, of rural Osseo, died on Thursday, October 18,2018 at home.
Roger was born on April 3, 1939, in Winona, Minn., to Otto and Alice (Berge) Rumstick. Roger graduated from Winona Senior High School in 1957.
After graduating from high school, Roger enlisted in the United States Army, serving with the infantry stationed in Heilbronn, Germany. After his honorable discharge from the service, Roger worked construction, at Sam’s Garage, and at Fiberite. Roger decided to attend Winona State University in 1964, graduating in 1967. He continued his education here, earning a Master’s equivalency in the mid ‘70s.
Roger’s first teaching job was in Blair, where he taught for three years. He married Stephanie Beaty on November 9, 1968, at Zion Lutheran Church, Blair, Wis. After Roger accepted a teaching position at St. Charles Public Schools, he and Stephanie moved to Minnesota City where he and his father had built them their first home. They later moved to Rollingstone, Minn., where they built their second home and raised their three children, living there for 30 years. In 1999, after Roger’s retirement from 32 years of teaching, he worked part time at MPE in Winona. Roger and Stephanie moved to rural Osseo in the early 2000s to fulfill their dream of living at their farm where their son Eric had built them a new home.
Roger was a member of the Elk Creek Lutheran Church in rural Osseo and a member of the Pleasantville Lions Club, serving the organization as secretary. He was also a member of the American Legion.
Roger enjoyed duck hunting, deer hunting, golfing and ice fishing. He especially enjoyed following his grandchildren’s activities and sporting events. He was very proud of his four grandchildren and loved sharing his slice of the country life with them in family traditions they will continue to honor like hunting, hiking, and exploring the beautiful land he was so grateful to be able to share with them.
Roger is survived by his wife, Stephanie; two daughters, Jelaine (Joel) Merchlewitz and Kari Weidemann both of Rushford, Minn.; four grandchildren, Lindsey and Jake Merchlewitz and Ryan and Kyle Weidemann; two sisters, Judy Ladewig of Winona, Minn., and Mary (John) Nichols of Middletown, Ohio. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and lifelong friends.
In addition to his parents, Roger was preceded in death by son, Eric; and a nephew, Chris Ladewig.
Memorial services will be held on Friday, October 26, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Elk Creek Lutheran Church with burial in the church cemetery in rural Osseo. Pastor Valerian Ahles will officiate. Military graveside services will be conducted by the American Legion Carl Nelson Post #324. Friends may call one hour prior to the service.
The Jack Funeral Home in Whitehall is assisting the family with arrangements