Roger William Humola, age 75, of Annandale, formerly of Cokato, died Monday, March 4, 2013, at his home.
He was born April 26, 1937, in Cokato, to Issac and Lillian (Johnson) Humola.
Roger grew up in Cokato, and graduated from Cokato High School in 1954. He went on to Gustavus College for a year, and then to the University of Minnesota for two years.
Roger married Mary Ann Hill Oct. 26, 1957, at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cokato. The couple lived first in Robbinsdale from 1957 to 1967, then Golden Valley until 1986, then Plymouth until 1997, and Annandale since then.
Roger has worked in various financial institutions, rising from bank manager to vice president/manager.
He enjoyed being a handyman (his “Rent-A-Retiree” business was his last job, and he also worked on his children’s homes). Boating, fishing, golfing, deer hunting, traveling, spending time with family, and of course, spoiling his children and grandchildren were his passions through the years. Roger loved Sunday brunch with church friends, and Thursday “hamburger nights” in Maple Lake.
Roger served as president of Coon Rapids Rotary Club, on the board of directors for Anoka Chamber of Commerce, and as a member of Coon Rapids Development Corporation. He served on the Fridley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, was president of the Institution of Financial Education, served on the church council at Holy Nativity Lutheran Church in New Hope, on the finance and stewardship committees at Holy Nativity and Calvary Lutheran of Golden Valley, and was a member of Kiwanis in Annandale. He also taught confirmation classes and coached his children’s sports teams, including as baseball, softball, and football.
Roger is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Humola; and his children and their families: Rita Humola-Nelson, husband Brian Nelson, daughter Paige Nelson and son Dain Nelson; Renee Martin, husband Robert “Bob,” daughter Nicole and son Chad; and Randy Humola, and children Kyrie Yaccarino and Chloe and Carter Humola.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Issac William “Bill” Humola and Lillian Humola (nee Johnson).
A memorial service took place Friday, March 8 at 4 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church of Annandale, followed by interment at the Cokato Finnish Cemetery.
Visitation was Thursday, March 7 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the church.
Arrangements were by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato.