Roger Feddersen

Roger Ryan Feddersen was born Aug. 6, 1955, the second child of five to Robert James Feddersen and Pauline Joyce (Teghtmeyer) Feddersen. He was baptized in the Lutheran church and spent most of his first 17 years helping on the farm, two miles north of Ida Grove. He worked one year of construction, then spent the next three years farming with his dad and brother.

In 1976 he met the love of his life, Nancy Irwin. He went to work for Gomaco as a service man for two years. He and Nancy moved to Oregon, where they were married in Junction City, Ore. on Aug. 25, 1979. A daughter, Alison, was born in Eugene, Ore. in 1980.

In 1982, he spent the summer working in Alaska. In 1983-84 he worked in Saudi Arabia, selling equipment for Gomaco. Roger, Nancy and Alison moved to England in 1985, where Roger ran a construction company. A son, Garrett, was born there in 1986. They then moved back to Holstein where he farmed with Nancy’s father for a few years.

After farming, Roger worked in the construction field again, traveling to Saudi Arabia, then later to Qatar. He loved working overseas, first with Nels Christenson in Saudi Arabia, then in later years in Qatar, with John Dayvault. He also made several trips to Loveland, Colo. to work for good friends, Gunter and Gloria Preuss. He really enjoyed time spent there, as it was a working vacation in the mountains.

In between traveling overseas, Roger ran his own construction company around the Ida Grove area. The last four years, when he could no longer work overseas, he spent as much time as his health would allow helping good friends, Val and Joan Wiese, with planting, harvesting and driving the silage truck. He has a close relationship with their children and grandchildren, as well.

Roger’s ultimate passion was hunting—with his kids, his wife and good friends. Hunting everything from pheasants and ducks to turkey and deer over the years, for him it always about fellowship and enjoying the great outdoors.  As he was fond of saying, a bad day of hunting is always better than a good day working. He was able to go on one last hunting trip to Canada in the fall with his son where he harvested both a bear and a wolf. Few things made Roger light up like telling hunting stories or talking guns with old friends — and ones he just met!

He took great pride in remodeling the house, one room at a time, with the kitchen being the final room completed. He was proud of his children and their accomplishments. Alison is a nurse practitioner in Waterloo where she lives with her husband, Fred. Garrett is a physician in Storm Lake with his wife, Kelsey, and their son, Briar.  Getting to meet his grandson brought much joy to his life and he loved spending as much time with him as he could. Few things were as fun as playing with Grandpa’s suspenders or his tape measure. 

Roger was proceeded in death by his parents, Robert and Pauline Feddersen; as well as many aunts and uncles.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife Nancy of Ida Grove; daughter Alison (Fred) Good of Evansdale; son Garrett (Kelsey) Feddersen and their two-year-old son Briar of Storm Lake; siblings: Ross (Gloria) Feddersen of Ida Grove; Reed Feddersen of Carroll; Teresa (Bob Peaveler) Feddersen of Ida Grove; and Renea (Ron) Schoenfelder, of Dimock, S.D.; aunts, Lorraine Johnson of Ida Grove and Elaine (Pete) Bubke of Ida Grove; along with many cousins, nieces and nephews. Roger will be missed by all.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 10, at Arthur Evangelical Free Church of Arthur. Committal services followed in Mount Hope Cemetery of Battle Creek. Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove was in charge of the funeral arrangements. A memorial fund in Rogers name is being set up. Memorials can be made out to the family and they plan on donating the funds to a couple local high school trap shooting teams.