Roger R. Christensen


A memorial service for Roger R. Christensen, 80, of Esthervile, was held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, June 12, 2023, at United Lutheran Church in Ringsted with Vicar Kim Kacmarynski officiating. Interment will be at Ringsted Memorial Cemetery, Ringsted, at a later date. He died peacefully on Thursday, June 8, 2023, at his home in Estherville.

Visitation was Sunday at United Lutheran Church in Ringsted.

Roger R. Christensen the son of Raymond T. and Opal E. (Kiepke) Christensen was born March 15, 1943, at Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. 

Roger’s family moved from South Dakota to Ringsted, Iowa, in 1944. He helped on the family farm and with the family trucking/corn shelling business while receiving his education and graduating from Ringsted high school in 1961.  

On November 21, 1964, he was united in marriage to Betty Bentz in Truman, Minnesota.  The couple made their home and farmed in rural Ringsted until they retired in 2009 and moved to Estherville. 

Roger enjoyed restoring and collecting antique tractors and going on antique tractor rides.  Roger also enjoyed camping, traveling, pestering Betty and his grandchildren.

Throughout his life he was a member of United Lutheran Church and involved with Emmet County Pork Producers, Ringsted CAC, Danish American Fellowship, and Ingham Lake Bible Camp.

Left to cherish Roger’s memory are his wife, Betty of Estherville, Iowa; children, Daniel (Stacy) Christensen of Ringsted, Iowa; Mark (Darcie) Christensen of Winnebago, Minnesota; Jennifer (Andy) Gerovac of Brandon, South Dakota; and Amanda (Chris) Cox of Independence, Missouri; 10 grandchildren and their spouses; 4 great-grandchildren; his sister, Paulette Guse; and multiple nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Ringsted Community Action Club, Ingham Lake Bible Camp, United Lutheran Church, Danish Fellowship of Museum or your favorite charity.