Dr. Roger Leopold, 78, Fargo, ND, died Wednesday, September 9th, 2015, in Sanford Medical Center, Fargo, ND surrounded by his family.
Roger Allen Leopold was born March 23, 1937 to Hazel and Alvin Leopold in the family farmhouse built by his father outside of Redwood Falls, MN. He graduated from Redwood Falls High School in 1955. He studied Biology at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, where he was also an all-star wrestler and football player. He graduated in 1962. He then enrolled at The University of Montana, Bozeman and earned his PhD in Entomology.
For 44 years, Roger worked as an entomologist for the United States Department of Agriculture. His influential research in cryopreservation led to developments in freezing techniques that are used for pesticide control and human tissue preservation. He published numerous scientific articles and book chapters and traveled internationally to present his research. In 2014, Roger received the Alumni Achievement Award from Concordia College in recognition of his significant contribution to science.
Roger was married to Judy (Becker) Arneson for 21 years; they had two boys. He married Dana (Bologna) Leopold in 1988. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Dana; two sons, Darin and Derek (Carrie), both of West Fargo, ND; three step-daughters, Amy (Martin) Schulting, Minnetonka, MN; Jennifer (Troy), Lakeville, MN; Nancy Pitsenbarger, Bloomington, MN; and 13 beloved grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings Howard (Carolyn), Mound, MN; Harlan (Candy), Chanhassen, MN; Keith (Darla), Wahpeton, ND; Mary (Peter) DeWolfe, Merrifield, MN.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hazel and Alvin Leopold.
Visitation will be Friday, September 11, 2015 at 6pm at Olivet Lutheran Church, Fargo, ND, with a Prayer Service at 7pm. The funeral will be Saturday, September 12 at 11am, also at Olivet Lutheran Church.