Roger E. Persinger was born on the family farm just northeast of Washburn, North Dakota on January 29, 1928, to Bernard (Bud) and Nora (Christensen) Persinger. He met Dorothy (Everson) and future love of his life, on the kindergarten playground in 1933. Roger served in WWII in Japan 1946-1948, and returned to marry Dorothy on June 1, 1950 surrounded by bouquets of fresh lilacs and lace parasols. The newly wed Roger and Dorothy both went to study at the University of North Dakota; Roger with aspirations to study law, while Dorothy had dreams to become a grade-school teacher. While enrolled their first year in school, their son, Richard (Pat) E. Persinger was born on March 17, 1951. Dorothy taught kindergarten while Roger worked within the federal court system, in which he proudly practiced law until he retired in 1983.
Roger was an avid outdoorsman and highly enjoyed all aspects of the outdoors. The family spent many long summers relaxing lakeside at their cabin at Lake Tschida. He enjoyed fishing trips to Canada, deer hunting in Rhame, pheasant hunts to South Dakota, and quiet dinners out with friends and family.
Roger was fortunate to travel the world in the late 1990s and visited Mexico, Africa, India, Europe, Great Britain, Alaska, and Nova Scotia with his many friends and siblings. He frequently visited his siblings and friends in Kansas and Phoenix during the winter months.
Roger passed away peacefully at his home on August 18, 2019 and was placed next to his beloved Dorothy during a private ceremony in Washburn, North Dakota on August 29, 2019.
His family will always treasure the time we spent together and will remember his immensely respectful nature, positive work ethics, generosity, and dedication to his family. We will strive to make him proud all our days and were honored to care for him at his home he shared with Dorothy. The family is eternally grateful for all our wonderful caregivers and Sanford Hospice who guided the family on this final journey.