July 9, 1942 ~ March 17, 2020
Roger Earl Mergenthal, born July 9th, 1942 passed away on Tuesday, March 17th, Age 77 at Vibra Hospital in West Fargo. He was preceded in death by his father Earl, mother Mabel and brother Robert Mergenthal. He is survived by his sister Susie (Charlie) Anderson, son Brady Mergenthal, daughter Katie (Joseph) Blanchette, grandchildren Jack & Lauren Mergenthal and Ellie & Hudson Blanchette.
Roger was born in a farmhouse just outside Hillsboro ND where he graduated high school. He received his undergraduate degree from Mayville State University and master’s degree from the University of North Dakota. Roger was a lifelong educator with tenures in Cavalier, Valley City and lastly Minot State University. He was inducted into the Valley City Coaches Hall of Fame.
As a teacher at Minot State University for 20 years he was passionate about his students. He traveled throughout the region supporting men’s and women’s athletics. He was proud to have established an academic scholarship in his name. He loved Minot State University.
His service extended to our country as well serving 20 years with the North Dakota National Guard. Roger had a great fondness for the outdoors and hunting.
As a devoted and loving parent, he took great pleasure and pride in following his kids and grandkids extra-curricular activities. He volunteered on numerous boards. He could always be heard giving a loud cheer and seen giving a pat on the back. He welcomed all with a very large grin and firm double handed hand shake which will be forever missed.
His family would like to express their sincere gratitude for the care given by those at Eventide Sheyenne Crossing, Sanford & Vibra Hospitals. Visitation will be Sunday, March 22nd at Wildeman-Boulger Funeral Home in Hillsboro (118 3rd St. SE) from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, March 23rd at Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo (123 10th St. S) at 11:00 AM. Military Burial Service to follow at Riverside Cemetery in Hillsboro at 1:00 PM. Condolences can be sent to 1601 Harvest Lane #144, Shakopee, MN 55379. Memorial contributions can be made to the Roger Mergenthal Scholarship at Minot State University www.minotstateu.edu/give/ or 1-800-777-0750 ext. 4158.
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