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Roger Bertelsen

Roger Wayne Bertelsen, 81, died March 18, 2019, in Lewistown. He was born on Feb. 7, 1938, in Los Angeles, Calif. He was the first child born to Svend Bertelsen and Winifred Wulf Bertelsen. He attended schools in Froid, graduating as salutatorian in 1956. He then attended Eastern Montana College, Billings. He graduated and taught school and was principal in Pryor and taught school at the Yellowstone Boys Ranch in Billings. After that, he worked in Anchorage, Alaska, and then the family moved to California.
He married Sharon Slevin July 8, 1956. From this union, there were three children: Charmaine Riedel, Nathan Bertelsen and Brandon Bertelsen.
He is survived by his three children, seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; and his sister, Janis Meidinger. In 1988, he married Deborah Paquin and is also survived by her and her children, Jennifer Jensen and Scott Paquin, and their six children.
He loved music, played the piano and enjoyed singing. He continued to sing, hum and whistle tunes until his death. He was also a very good dancer. He enjoyed snowmobiling and traveling.
He had a very strong work ethic. He worked many different jobs from farming, house painting, seismographing, big rigs and school teacher. He was a member of the Froid School board, Sheridan Electric Co-op, Elks Club and member and board member of the Froid Lutheran Church.
While working on the north slopes in Alaska for United Geophysical, he was able to look across the ocean and see Russia. While in California, he received his pilot’s training and license which came in handy while working the north slopes in Alaska where he co-piloted as needed.
Eventually, he moved back to Froid and farmed the farmstead his grandparents from Denmark homesteaded.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Ronald; great-granddaughter, Lillia Picard; and step-mother, Alma Slevin Bertelsen.
Memorial services will be held at the Froid Lutheran Church at 10 a.m. on May 25. Inurnment will follow at the Kvile Cemetery.