Roger was born in 1935, the firstborn of Rudolph and Fannie Borgerson, in River Falls, WI. Born at home on the 160 acre family dairy farm, the physician assisting the birth was paid with “two chickens!”. Roger was soon joined by brothers, Wendell and Larry. He attended a one room country school for seven years, and then transferred to River Falls High School, graduating in 1953. He had many friends that he kept in contact with over the years and rarely missed a school or family reunion.
He met his wife, Sharon, at a wedding in Northern Wisconsin in 1961. Soon after, he moved to Seattle in training for the Minutemen Missile project. Sharon joined him in Seattle in 1962. They married in April 1963, they moved back to Minnesota for a few years, but always remembered their love of the Pacific Northwest. In 1969, they moved to Washington state, adopting the PNW as their new home.
Roger was employed in a number of electronic and sales jobs over the years and ended his working career as a manufacturer’s representative in the electronics industry. He loved meeting new people, said that he “never met a stranger.” He loved to talk and he loved to listen, always asking “Where you from?” and rarely spoke of himself.
Roger had a beautiful smile and an infectious laugh that he shared with all that he met. He developed many interests - hiking, camping, fishing, skiing, attending the Reno Air Show, he even climbed a few mountains. He always wanted to “go and do”. His sons joined him in many of those adventures. His number one interest was spending time with family and friends.
Roger passed away January 25, 2021, apparently from ongoing complications of Covid-19. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Sharon, son Brent, and Sean and his wife Jennifer, granddaughter Kenley, as well as his brother Wendell and wife Annette, brother Larry and wife Sandy, along with nieces, nephews, and many cousins.
He was larger than life and a celebration of his life will be scheduled at a later date.