Roger Light, 81

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Funeral services for Roger G. Light, 81, of rural Hartland will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Cross of Glory Lutheran Church, Hartland. The Rev. Allan Stoa will officiate. Burial will be at North Freeborn Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the services at the church.
Roger died on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009, at the Albert Lea Medical Center with his family by his side.
Roger Grover Light was born on July 20, 1928, in Freeborn County, the son of Irvin and Marie (Wolpert) Light. At a young age, Roger was diagnosed with polio and dealt with the effects most of his life. He attended rural school and shortly after began driving gravel truck. On Sept. 15, 1950, Roger was united in marriage to Marilyn Baker in Sioux Falls, S.D. Roger was well known for his ability as a welder and mechanic which he used in his different employment locations. Included were Universal Milking Machines, Bill Kepple Machinery in Albert Lea, Pete’s Welding Shop and Wilson and Company. It was during this time that the couple moved to the farm in rural Hartland in 1962. After his retirement Roger worked for a time at L & D Ag in Hartland. He took great pride in restoring old tractors and trucks. He enjoyed time with his many friends over coffee in Hartland, and his “one liners” will be remembered by many. Roger was always proud of his family, and will be deeply missed by them. For the past four years Roger has been a resident of St. John’s Lutheran Home and was given remarkable care and love from the staff which the family is so thankful for.
Roger is survived by his wife, Marilyn, rural Hartland; children: Julie (Scott) Routh, New Richland, Laurie Light (Dean Gisselman) Eagan, Randy (Carol) Light, New Richland, and Mark (Lexie) Light, Albert Lea; grandchildren:  Mackenzie (Ian) McNaughton, Mariah (Eric) Rudningen, Chapin and Carter Routh, Maren Gisselman, Emily and Hannah Light and Elliott and Seth Light; two great-grandchildren: Mallory and Wyatt Rudningen; brother-in-law, Ronald (Mary) Baker; and nieces, nephews and cousins.
Roger was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Lelan Light; and sister and brother-in-law, Nadine (Mike) Jacobs.
Memorials preferred to St. John’s Lutheran Home activities fund or North Freeborn Lutheran Cemetery Association.

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