C. Roger Aafedt, age 72, of Sabin, MN passed away on May 12, 2014, in Moorhead, MN. 

Roger was born on January 15, 1942 in Grand Forks, ND to Clayton and Isabelle (Cooper) Aafedt. He grew up on the family farm in Fordville, ND with his parents and three brothers. Roger graduated from Fordville high school in 1960. He worked closely on the family farm with his dad who taught him how to fly. He developed a passion for flying and ran the Fordville Flying Service along with his brothers. He graduated from NDSU with a Bachelor’s degree in Agronomy in 1964. He had married Janice Thoe in 1961 and they raised three children on the family farm in Fordville.

In 1998 he married Donna Downs.  They made their home in Sabin and raised three daughters. He worked for 35 years as a driver and loader operator for Transystems, LLC. He continued to fly every summer as an aerial applicator in the Mayville/Hatton area. Roger loved FLYING, music, playing cards, wood working, hunting, and spending time with his family and friends.

Roger is survived by his wife Donna Aafedt of Sabin, MN, his son Shawn (Jeanette) Aafedt of Roundup, MT, daughter Nikki (Pat) Wilkes of Rolla, ND, daughter Kary (Eric) Nelson of West Fargo, ND, daughter Kim Krogstad (John Reichert) of West Fargo, ND, and daughter Kelsey (Cory) Nicklay of Moorhead, MN. Also surviving are his grandchildren Eric Aafedt of Roundup, MT; Lindsay (Jared) Kerr of Billings, MT; Dylon and Malinda Aafedt of Roundup, MT; Cody (Kristin) Mathiason of Fargo, ND; Megan (Grant) Hanson of Alexandria, MN; Colten, Carson, and Kyleigh Wilkes of Rolla, ND; Seth, Aidric, and Soleis Nelson of West Fargo, ND; Brady Krogstad and Madeline Reichert of West Fargo, ND; Nora Nicklay of Moorhead, MN; great grandchildren Kane and Blake Mathiason; and many nieces and nephews.    

He was preceded in death by his parents Clayton and Isabelle, brother Charles and daughter Julie Mathiason. 

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  1. West Fargo ND
    Nikki, Shawn and Family: Our deepest sympathy to you and your families. It is so hard to lose a parent but to lose 2 in such a short time. You and your family is in our prayer. Please call if there is anything that we can do for you anytime.

    Clint and Diane Lehmann

  2. Mayville North Dakota

    I am so sorry to hear of Roger’s passing. He was such a kind and caring man. I feel so honored to have known him and to have spent so much time with him. He was way more than a friend. There was only one thing more important than flying for Roger and that was his love of his family. May God bless you all.

  3. Donna, Kary and Family,

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Joy, Bill and kids

  4. Moorhead MN
    I just started at Transystems and had only meet Roger a couple times, but he was a very nice gentlemen and was very well liked by all his co-workers. I wish I could of gotten to know him better. My thoughts and prayers to the family. He will be greatly missed by many.

  5. Detroit Lakes MN
    My deepest sympathies to Roger’s family. I was privileged to work with Roger for just the last several months at Transystems. He brightened every day we worked together. What a wonderful man! He will be deeply missed.

  6. Park River ND
    Nikki and all, I am so sorry to see this. It is too close to your Mom’s and Julie’s services. I can only imagine how everyone must be trying to cope. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time.

    One summer I sewed caps for your dad to wear when flying. They were a pain to do as they were quite fitted. I had to take the old one apart and make a pattern. But being the Home Ec teacher your folks thought I could do this easier than anyone else.

    I saw your Dad last summer when I visited your Mom in Fargo. We had a nice chat.

    My sympathy to all.

  7. Hatton North Dakota
    So shocked and sorry to hear of Rogers passing. I have many great memories of the 17+ summers working with him. He was always an inspiration to me, and treated me like a brother. He was there to listen and to lend a hand whenever I needed it. He had such a positive attitude on life that became contagious to everyone around him. I have known few people that enjoyed their work and life in general, as he did. He was loved and will be greatly missed by many. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. I was honored to know him.
    Brian Johnson

  8. Horace ND

    I was so, so sorry to hear about your Husband’s passing.
    Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers here at Tecton.


  9. Sharon ND
    Roger was a very good honest man. A very skilled crop duster that sprayed hundreds of thousands of acres in this area just up until this last year. My sympathy goes out to the family.

  10. Battle Lake MN
    So sad that Roger is no longer with us. As kids we spent many hours and had many adventures together. We did not see much of each other the last few years but I have many great memories. God bless his memory.

  11. Dickinson North Dakota
    To the Aafedt family…we are so sorry to hear read this sad news..Our deepest sympathy…we enjoyed the times he came hunting and he always said he liked this part of the state…he will be greatly missed.

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