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.