of Montrose, MN
January 16, 1941 – November 19, 2023
Monday, November 27, 2023
4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
The Peterson Chapel – Buffalo, MN
Tuesday, November 28, 2023
with visitation continuing one hour prior to the service
Zion Lutheran Church – Buffalo, MN
Rodger Calvin Hessedal, age 82 of Montrose, MN, passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully at his residence on November 19, 2023.
Rodger was born the son of Herman & Frieda (Ehrich) Hessedal on January 16, 1941 in Red Wing, MN.
Rodger served his country for eight years in the United States Air Force. While stationed in Madison, WI he met the love of his life Sandra (Pease). The couple was married on October 23, 1965 at St. John’s Lutheran in Madison, WI and this union was blessed with birth of three children, Andrew, Peter & Kimberly.
Rog was a very humble person, serving others from his heart. He served his community by being a Boy Scout Leader to Eagle Advancement for 40 plus years, and was a Sunday School teacher at Zion Lutheran in Buffalo, MN for approximately 35 years and being a Salvation Army bell ringer in the later years.
Rodger began his working career for Honeywell and then became a foreman lineman for Wright Hennepin Electric in Rockford, retiring in 2003 after 30 plus years of service.
He will also be remembered as the guy who picked up trash along County Road 12. He spent many hours walking and always had a wave for every car that went by. Some people even stopped to say he started their day on a good note by being on the receiving end of his wave.
Rodger is survived by his wife of 58 years, Sandra; children, Andrew (Bonnie) Hessedal, Peter (Siripapha) Hessedal and Kimberly (Billy) Sankey; grandchildren, Ridge Hessedal, Nathan & Charles Hessedal and Abi & Auni Sankey; siblings, Deanna Tiddle, Dorothy (John) Nelson, Kenneth (Sue) Hessedal and Sylvia Sarazen; brothers-in-law, Bruce (Karen) Pease and Brian (Gale) Pease; also many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
Our spouse, father and grandfather was a humble and quiet cornerstone of our family. We hope you had the pleasure that we did of having him be a part of your life too. Rog, Dad, Grandpa – you will be forever missed and loved. Those who leave massive voids in our lives are the kind of people that only a few are so lucky to be gifted with in a lifetime – and we were all so blessed.
Interment will be in the Kreidler Cemetery in Montrose, MN
Roger had many charities he actively supported – the Salvation Army Red Kettle, Union Gospel Mission (Saint Paul) and World Vision. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred or spend an hour of your time picking up litter along a local roadway in honor of Rodger.