Roger Freeman Samuelson, 71, went home to the Lord on Saturday, June 16 surrounded by his family. Roger passionately loved his Lord Jesus Christ and his beloved family.
www.nimsgernfuneral.com. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hope Lodge, 611 W. Doege St., Marshfield, WI 54449.
Nimsgern Funeral & Cremation services is serving the family.
Roger was born Nov. 29, 1940, in Cushing, the son of Paul and Wanda (Volkert) Samuelson. He lived in Cherokee County for 42 years. He graduated from Quimby High School in 1959 and was a star player on the basketball team. Roger was a master mechanic who studied his craft for nearly 60 years. He also served several years in the National Guard. He married Janet (King) in June 1965 and had two sons, James and David. Their family moved to Park Rapids, Minn. in 1982 to fully enjoy their love of snowmobiling. In 1987 he married Kathryn Wallace and they later moved to Wisconsin. Roger was a longtime Woodruff, Wis. resident and business owner (Corner Auto Repair).
He was also a long-serving member of the Gideon's.
He was preceded in death by brothers, Gary and Ronald Samuelson and father-in-law, Anton Wallace.
He is survived by his loving wife and best friend of many years Kathryn (Wallace) Samuelson. He is also survived by his sons: James Samuelson (wife Marcia and daughters Nicole and, Andrea), of Newburyport, Mass.; and David Samuelson, of Fargo, N.D. He is also survived by his parents, Paul and Wanda Samuelson of Aurelia, sister, Shari Samuelson-Wesely of Phoenix, Ariz., and sister-in-law, Gay Samuelson of Scottsdale, Ariz. He is further survived by his stepsons and their families: Garrett & Andrea Novak and their seven children (Amanda, Jesse, Gabby, Jonah, Kathryn, Nathan, Caleb), of Culpepper, Va.; Jason & Laurie Novak and their three children (Ben, Elizabeth, Gilbert), of Waupaca, Wis.; Matthew Novak and his three children (Mikaila, Miranda, Gunnar), of N.C. ; Michael and Katie Hawke and their son (Odin), of Arbor Vitae, Wis. He is further survived by his mother-in-law, Stella Wallace of Onalaska, Wis. and Sisters-in-law, Susan Wise, Lucille Pohl and Randine Mitrovic all of Onalaska, Wis. and by many other relatives and friends.