Roger D. Ilgen, 77

IlgenRogerWEBRoger D. Ilgen, age 77 of Grey Eagle, died Saturday, April 27, 2013 at the CentraCare Nursing Home in Long Prairie, Minnesota.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 30 at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Grey Eagle with Rev. Ron Tibbetts officiating. Interment will be in Lakeview Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday morning at the church.

Roger Dean Ilgen was born June 2, 1935 in Birchdale Township, Todd County, Minnesota to Boyd and Mary (Wikle) Ilgen.  He served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany.  On June 22, 1972 he was united in marriage to Carolyn Schwanke Wildman at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Grey Eagle.  Roger worked various jobs until taking over Ilgen Bait from his father.  After selling the business, he drove U.S. Mail trucks until his health forced him to retire.

He was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Grey Eagle where he served as a trustee.  Roger loved hunting, fishing, gardening, western books and movies, and loved to tease the grandchildren with his cane.

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Ilgen of Grey Eagle; son, Darryl (Lisa) Ilgen of Hector; step-daughter, Julie (Doni) Wildman Berscheit of Grey Eagle; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, George Ilgen and Leland Ilgen.

Serving as casket bearers will be Calvin Ilgen, Nathan Homan, Steve Ostendorf, Brad Folta, Kevin Bitz, Mike Anderson, Paul Larsen, Bill Schwanke, and Ron Strassburg.

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Grey Eagle.