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Roger Gene Van Roekel

Zoon van Harold Peter Van Roekel en Edna Marie Michelson, geboren 4-6-1937 USA MN Luverne, overleden 30-1-2019 USA IA Rock Rapids en begraven Riverview Cemetery

Trouwt 28-5-1960 USA SD Parkston Ruth Paula Schnell, dochter van Paul H en Lucille Schnell, geboren 26-1-1937 USA SD Parkston, overleden 4-2-1976 USA SD Mitchell en begraven USA IA Rock Rapids Riverview Cemetery

Trouwt 30-9-1976 USA IA Rock Rapids Barbara Jean Lemke, geboren 25-12-1945 USA IA Jefferson

Kinderen van Roger en Ruth:

  1. Paula Jean Van Roekel, geboren 3-12-1960 USA MN Luverne, overleden 4-2-1976 USA SD Mitchell en begraven USA IA Rock Rapids Riverview Cemetery
  2. Bradford Roger Van Roekel, geboren 25-12-1963 USA SD Sioux Falls, overleden 9-1-1964 USA SD Sioux Falls en begraven USA MN Luverne Maplewood Cemetery
  3. Eric John Van Roekel, geboren 6-11-1964 USA NE Omaha, overleden 4-2-1976 USA SD Mitchell en begraven USA IA Rock Rapids Riverview Cemetery
  4. Lisa Jane Van Roekel, geboren 6-3-1968 USA IA Rock Rapids

Kinderen van Roger en Barbara:

  1. David William Ahders, geboren 31-7-1969 Germany West Berlin, adopted
  2. Daniel James Ahders, geboren 23-11-1970 USA IA Rock Rapids, adopted


Email Deb Groen Emery 24-1-2018:
Roger Deans Van Roekel's wife, son and daughter were all killed in a car accident near Ethan, South Dakota in 1976. The three of them are buried in the Riverview Cemetery in Rock Rapids, Lyon County, Iowa. Roger and his wife also had a son Bradford that passed away at a young age and is buried in the Maplewood Cemetery in Luverne, Minnesota. Roger is now married to Barbara Jean (Lemke) (Adhers) Van Roekel.

Roger was an art teacher for many years. Article on Roger in the Lyon County Reporter of -June 7th 2001:

Roger Dean van Roekel

They are not your typical lion statues. This is not your typical fundraiser. But by voting and through a series of auctions, the Rock Rapids Mural Society hopes to raise funds for additional murals. The Mural Society was formed in 2002 and since that time has worked to bring more than 30 murals to buildings and structures throughout Rock Rapids. To continue its efforts, the organization is in the midst of a major fundraiser. 'This project is similar to the other major fundraiser we did with Adirondack chairs,' explained Society member Roger Van Roekel. In 2009 the Mural Society asked the public and businesses to sponsor and decorate a chair. The chairs were then auctioned off during the Farm and Home show in March.

For this project, participants were asked to purchase and decorate a clay lion to be auctioned off. The lion is approximately 22 inches long, 14 inches high and weighs about 10 pounds. 'The designers of these lions have done some incredible things with them,' said Van Roekel. Approximately 40 lions were purchased and decorated and have been on display in the windows at Rosie’s Sit a Minute on First Avenue in Rock Rapids where the public can vote on their favorite. 'People can vote for their favorite lion through June 10,' said Van Roekel. The top vote getters will be announced and recognized with ribbons.

The lions will be auctioned to the public in a series of three separate auctions. 'We’ve broken it down into three auctions so there aren’t too many auctioned at one time,' explained Van Roekel. Mural Society members drew numbers from a hat that correspond to a lion to determine which 16 lions would be auctioned at each time. The first auction is scheduled for Saturday, June 17 at 1:30 p.m. in the US Bank Square, just north of the Lyon County Courthouse. Clark Ahders will be the guest auctioneer. A list of sponsors and designers of the lions to be auctioned in the first event will be published in the Heritage Days special section published with the June 14 edition of theLyon County Reporter. The second auction will be conducted during the Lyon County Fair and the third on a date to be determined.

The unique statues feature design elements from tie-dye and character themes to fur and feathers. 'Businesses, I would hope, would find a table or something to prominently display the lion they purchase,' Van Roekel suggested. 'In residences, I want to point out, people may be able to work a lion into their landscaping, they might set it on the front porch, they might put it on the patio in the back yard or I would say an area on the floor in a family room or living room or on the dining room table would work to display it,' said Van Roekel.

The funds from the auctions will be used solely to sponsor additional murals. While Society members won’t disclose too many details about future murals, Van Roekel did provide details of a project he hopes will be completed by Heritage Days. A mural depicting an old, small-town band is planned for installation on the Historical Society Museum, just adjacent to the mural of the banjo.

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Obituary of Roger
Roger Gene Van Roekel was born June 4, 1937 in Luverne, MN, the son of Harold and Edna (Michelson) Van Roekel. He graduated from Luverne High School in 1955. He joined the United States Navy and served from 1955 to 1959. Roger was united in marriage to Ruth Schnell in 1960. He attended Augustana College, graduating in 1964. He was a teacher in Omaha from 1964 to 1966 before moving to Rock Rapids. He taught and was a substitute teacher for the Rock Rapids School for fifty years. In 1976, Roger’s first wife passed away unexpectedly.

On September 30, 1976 Roger was united in marriage to Barbara Lemke.

Roger was very involved with the Jaycees. He served as the President of the local Jaycees, was the State Vice President, and was honored with a life time Jaycee Senator status. He helped start and manage the race track in Rock Rapids with the Jaycee club. Over the years Roger also served as the president of the CLEA (Central Lyon Education Association). He was active in his church as President and Treasurer. Roger was Vice President of the Mural Society in Rock Rapids. His art work can be found in many private collections throughout the United States.

He is survived by his wife Barb; his family Lisa (Kris) Davidson and their children Errika, Steven, Kody, and Tyler Harlee, Errika’s children Braxton and Andrew, all of Rock Rapids, IA, Dave Van Roekel and his children, Austin and Aidan of Omaha, NE, Dan (Niki) Van Roekel and their children, Kira and Emily, of Brandon, SD, Patti (Mark) Olinyk and family of Plover, WI, Bob Deeb and family of Minneapolis, MN, Mary (John) Giddings, and family of Sioux Falls, SD, Ted Schnell of Parkston, SD; and other extended family.

Roger is preceded in death by his parents; first wife Ruth; daughter, Paula; son, Eric; infant son, Brad; and sister, Jane Deeb; and other extended family. Praise be to God!

Jurrens Funeral Home
Rock Rapids, Iowa

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