Roger Haugen

May 31, 1941-Sept. 5, 2019

Roger Haugen, 78, rural

Des Lacs died on Thurs-

day, September 5, 2019 in

a Minot nursing home

from complications relat-

ed to Alzheimer’s Disease.

He was surrounded by his

loving family when he


Roger Keith Haugen

was born on May 31, 1941

in Minot to Clarence and

Isabel Gladys (Underdahl)

Haugen. He was raised on

a farm near Ryder and

educated in Ryder. He

graduated from Ryder

High School in 1959 and

from Minot State

Teacher’s College in 1963.

During these years he be-

came known as “Rocky”

and “Buck,” nicknames he

retained for many years.

Roger married Kay

Oberholtzer on July 19,

1964 at Zion Lutheran

Church in Mohall. They

made their home in the

Minot area and he was

employed for five years as

a Sixth Grade Teacher at

North Plains Elementary

School on the Minot Air

Force Base. He continued

his education at Northern

State Teachers College in

Aberdeen, SD where he

received his Master’s De-

gree in Guidance Counsel-ing. Roger was employed

as guidance counselor at

Erik Ramstad Junior High

School – Minot from 1970

– 1996. Also, Roger farmed

in the Mohall, Lansford

and Ryder areas. Follow-

ing his retirement as a

counselor he continued

farming at Ryder. Roger

and Kay had moved to the

Des Lacs area in 1969.

Roger was a longtime

member of Rose Valley

Lutheran Church where

he served on the church

council and as treasurer

and a former member of

St. John Lutheran Church

– Ryder. Also, he was a

member of the Moose

Lodge, local, state and na-

tional education associa-

tions, ND Counselors As-

sociation and Rolling

Green Township Board.

He especially enjoyed

farming, hunting, travel-

ing and attending and

supporting his children’s

and grandchildren’s ac-

tivities. Although he was

known as a man of few

words, he was always

there for his family and


Roger’s loving family

includes: his wife of 55

years Kay; children: Troy

Haugen of Mohall, Melis-

sa (Mike) Upgren of

Bismarck and Chad

(Kasey) Haugen of Horace;

grandchildren: Bailey and

Ethan Upgren and Mor-

gan, Jayli and Lukas Hau-

gen; siblings: Doris Nel-

son of Alexandria MN and

Donna (Ron) Sherven of

Wahpeton; in laws: Donna

Haugen and Shirley Hau-

gen both of Minot, Carol

(Charlie) Clark of Cypress

TX, Sandi (Jerry) Becker

of Mohall and Jerry (Deb)

Oberholtzer of Lansford,

aunt Ramona Schroepfer

of Crystal, MN and

several nieces, nephews

and cousins.

Roger was preceded in

death by: his parents,

brothers: Richard and

Robert Haugen and

brothers-in-law: Richard

Nelson and Kenneth

Faunce and infant grand-

son: Liam Haugen.

Celebration of the Life

of Roger Haugen: Friday,

September 13, 2019 at

11:00 a.m. in Christ Luth-

eran Church – Minot.

Interment: in Rosehill

Memorial Park – Minot.

Visitation: Thursday

from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00

p.m. with a prayer service

at 6:00 p.m. in Thomas

Family Funeral Home –


Memorials are preferred

to Rose Valley Lutheran

Church – rural Des Lacs,

Trinity Homes, Trinity

Hospice or to the donor’s


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