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Roger B. Rongved

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December 31, 1937 - December 23, 2023


Roger B. Rongved, 85 of Bode, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, Dec. 23, 2023, at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames.

Roger was born Dec. 31, 1937, in Bode, the son of Magnus and Hanna (Mathiason) Rongved. He was raised and educated in Bode, graduating from Bode High School, then served in the Iowa National Guard for a short time.

Roger was united in marriage to Betty R. Abbas on June 8, 1957, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. The couple made their home in Bode and he worked 13 years for the Rock Island Railroad. He later was the fertilizer manager for Standard Oil and went on to Chantland Manufacturing in Humboldt until retirement. In retirement, Roger worked as a funeral assistant for the Mason-Lindhart Funeral Home in Humboldt. He was a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Bode, the Community Club, has served on the Bode Fire Department for 28 years and had been the sexton of St. Olaf Cemetery for 17 years.

Roger is survived by his wife of 66 years, Betty of Bode, his son Roger “Bruce” (Lisa) Rongved of Algona, his grandchildren; April (Richie) Erickson, Mike (Casey) Rongved and Brandy (Thomas) Sage, his great-grandchildren; Devon Lester, Emma and Ivey Sage and Chase and Cassie Erickson and his sister Sharon Danielson of Fort Wayne, Ind. He was preceded in death by his parents, two daughters, Rhoda and Pamela, and his sister Jo Dene Ressequie.

Funeral Services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 29 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Bode. Visitation was held from 9:30 a.m. until service time at the church. Burial will be later in St. Olaf Cemetery. The Mason-Lindhart Funeral & Cremation Service of Humboldt is in charge of the arrangements.

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