Rochester- A Celebration of Life will be held for Roger M. Klimpel, age 71, on Saturday, July 10th at 11:00 A.M. at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes' Chapel. Visitation will be on Friday evening from 4:00P.M.-7:00P.M. and on Saturday from 10:00 A.M.-11:00AM at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home.Memorials are requested to Donors Choice. Burial at a later date will be in Minot, North DakotaRoger passed away suddenly in his sleep on July 5th.Roger Milton Klimpel was born in Minot, North Dakota on April 12, 1939. He grew up in Minot and graduated from High School there. As a young man he worked as a pipe fitter for utilities in the Oil Fields, and then served in the National Guard. On August 30, 1964 he married Jackie Monson in Williston, North Dakota. He graduated from Valley City State College in 1967 and received his Masters Degree from the U of ND Grand Forks in 1971. He moved to Rochester in 1971 and taught History at Mayo High School from 1971-1976. In 1976 he became the Director of Alternate Programs for the Rochester School District. He received his Education Specialist Degree from Winona State University in 1981. He was a member of Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society in Education and was recognized for Achievements in History by Phi Alpha Theta in 1971. He retired in 2000.Roger enjoyed hunting deer and phesants in North Dakota, reading, spending time with friends and relatives, telling tall tales, and traveling. He visited all 50 states and spent winters in Green Valley, Az.He was a life member of the Elks Club.Roger is survived by his wife, Jackie; a daughter, Tanya Klimpel Powers (Don) of Lake Elmo, MN; a sister, Virginia Walsh (Duane) of Eau Claire, WI; a brother, Tom Klimpel (Sandy) of Diamond Springs, CA; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded indeath by his father, Milton and mother Ruth Thorson Klimpel.Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Place NW, Rochester, MN 55901 (507) 289-3600 www.ranfranzandvinefh.com
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Dear DJ and Tanya,
Just wanted to let you know we are thinking of you and hope all is going well. We were so sorry to hear about you loss.
All our love, kelly and sandy
Jackie, Tanya, and family,
I am so sorry to hear the news of Roger's passing away. He was a great man, and I have always had a great respect for him. I will always have great memories of him and his sense of humor.
My thoughts are with you.
Tanya and family I'm sorry to hear of your loss. You will be in my thoughts. Take care.
Tanya, Don, and Famly -
I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.
- Lisa Jaros
I am so sorry to hear of Roger's death. I fondly remember our family outings as a kid...we would do an annual summer picnic, New Year's Eve was a given, and we were together so many other times throughout the years.
I know you will miss him deeply. You are in my prayers.
Our condolences on yor loss.
Roger and I went to Minot High and were in the National Guard
We are overwhelmed with your loss. Needless to say, we stand ready to help you with anything you need. You folks are family even if we are not related. We share your grief and pray that God will take care of you and Tanya.
God's Blessing be on your shoulders as you greive for Roger
Pat, Dave & Hunter
I was so sad today to learn of Roger's passing. The Klimpel family has been a surrogate family to me. To Tanya, Jackie and the extended family - you are all in our thought and prayers.
Marilyn, Brian, Eddie and Anna Truwe
It is with great sadness I learned of Roger's passing. He was truly a great friend not only to me and my family but to everyone who knew him. He was generous and thoughtful and was a very special person. The world is a better place because of him.
Our heartfelt sympathy to Jackie, Tanya, Don, and the rest of Roger's extended family.
Howard, Sandy, & Trent Sorenson