Rodger Allen Boeddeker

rodger allen boeddeker
Rodger Allen Boeddeker, 65, Hillsboro, died Tuesday, July 31, in his home. Roger [aka "Mr. Wonderful" or "Big Rodg"] was born Tuesday, August 12, 1952 in Fargo, ND to Jerome and Rosalie (Manthey) Boeddeker. He grew up on the family farm in rural Hillsboro, graduating from Hillsboro High School in 1970. Upon graduation, he joined the North Dakota Army National Guard where he served multiple tours of duty in Honduras and Kosovo, retiring in April 2001 after more than 20 years of service. In between tours, he attended Mayville State College to pursue a teaching degree. While at Mayville State, he began his fraternity of one called 'Alpha Tappa Kegga'. Throughout his life, Rodger farmed with his brothers and nephew Logan, and worked for American Crystal Sugar Company in Hillsboro, retiring after more than 30 years of service. On September 1, 2001, Rodger married Evelyn Flieth. In 2013 they adopted their favorite child, Sheila, a feisty Golden Retriever whom he took everywhere. Rodger enjoyed farming, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his friends at the Tolna campground. He spent countless hours raising cattle and all of the chores that go along with it. Rodger had a big personality and was quick with a story or joke (often inappropriate) to make you laugh. Rodger is survived by his loving wife, Evie of Hillsboro; and five daughters, Alana (Kris) Brekken of Hillsboro; Valarie (Dave) Hudson of Fargo; Amber (Josh) Grefsrud of Wyndmere; Dawn (Bob) Collins and Shannon Hoselton of Fargo; and ten grandchildren: Ted, Kendall, Zada, Kiley, Sydney, Mia, Lea, Taylor, Jake and Brandt. He is also survived by two brothers, Gary Boeddeker and Bruce (Louise) Boeddeker; and one sister, Marlene Eblen; all of Hillsboro, along with numerous neices and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jerome and Rosalie Boeddeker. The celebration of life will be from 1-4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, at Wildeman-Boulger Funeral Home in Hillsboro. Military honors will be provided by Hillsboro American Legion and VFW. A private burial will be at a later date.

View current weather.

Memories Timeline


  1. I have not seen Rodger in a long time but do remember a lot of good times with him and he was also a great person to work with. He will be missed by many.

  2. Rodger was a friend! He worked the same shift that we did! He was a funny guy! He will be missed but many! Bless his soul! Prayers!!!

  3. Send our most heartfelt condolences to Rifers family. Keep all your memories of Roger close to your heart and lean on the love of family and friends to comfort you during these difficult days.

  4. So sorry for your loss. Sending prayers and hugs to the families. May God surround you with loving arms at this difficult time.

  5. Will miss him an his quick wit. I shirt tail cousin. Was truly one of a kind. So sorry for your a.m. everyone’s loss

  6. I am so sorry for all of you. My condolences to all of you as you all figure out to journey without Big Rodg. I still remember all of you gathering to celebrate the grandchildren’s birthdays. Hugs and prayers the God comforts you during this time of loss.

  7. Condolences to all. Both Lupe and I worked along with Roger at ACSC. Roger was never without a comment. Always had something to add to conversation. Very funny man. Memories that will last forever

  8. Knew Rodger through the guards. Sorry to hear of his passing. Thoughts and prayers to the family

  9. I can’t hardly believe it. I haven’t talked with Roger for a while but he was always entertaining. He will be missed by many. My sincere condolences to all if his family.

  10. He could make anyone laugh anyone, he was a great friend and his passing makes me cry, not many can do that, going to miss him.

  11. I watched the video. Now I know why he was so happy as he got to hold all those beautiful babies. I thank him for the raw laughter he brought to all of us. To the family, I mourn for your loss and pray for your peace. He will always be with you. God bless you all.

  12. Evie and family, we are so sorry for your lost! Rodger was so full of mischievous and fun. Cherish your memories!!

  13. Thinking of you in these difficult times , Roger was my buddy he was very kind , and always very entertaining

  14. We recently (over the 4th of July) had the good fortune to meet Rodger and Evie at the campground in Tolna (my brother, Bill and Jeanie are his neighbor). When Rodger was around there was never a dull moment. He made my husband, Steve and I feel welcome and right at home immediately. Rodger and Evie offered us a place to sleep the first night we were there because there was a storm coming and we were sleeping in a tent. What a great act of kindness. Sending our prayers Evie and to all of Rodger’s loved one. May you find comfort in God’s loving embrace.

  15. Such sad news..Rodger will be truly missed..the jokes,and laughter,the
    never ending smile..he was a joy to work with. Much love to all.

  16. So sorry to hear of Rodger’s passing. I have lots of memories of him from sugar loading and irrigation. Never a dull moment with him. Condolences from Ray and Yvonne Schmaltz

  17. I’m sorry to hear rodger passed away, having gone to school with his brother bruce, many of us have a few good stories about rodger!

Sign the Guestbook, Light a Candle