Roger Lee Tonsberg, age 79, of Howard Lake, passed away from complications of congestive heart failure Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, at the Buffalo Hospital.
Funeral services took place Thursday, Feb. 20 at 11 a.m. at the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato. There was visitation one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.
Arrangements were made with the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato. Online information is available at; www.swansonpeterson.com.
Roger was born May 11, 1940, to Esther (Scott) and Theodore Tonsberg. He was baptized and confirmed in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cokato.
After graduating from Howard Lake High School, he learned the skills of auto body work from his older brother, Marlyn.
In 1962, he was drafted into the US Army and was stationed in Germany. As a marksman on a competitive pistol team, he traveled into several countries from which he ably sent special gifts back home to his family.
After a two-year tour of duty, Roger attended St. Cloud State University, majoring in biology. His interests in hunting and fishing earned him trophies in marksmanship in numerous events.
In 1963, he joined his brother to continue with the auto body repair work at Vincent’s Auto Body in Minneapolis until 1969. This work extended to his brother’s auto body shop in Plymouth for another 20 years.
In later years, Roger showed his Labrador, Blackie, whom he had trained and groomed for competitive trials. Together, they traveled the US and Canada, capturing numerous awards.
Roger is survived by sisters, Doris M.E. Rodd of Mound, and Jeanette (Leroy) Entinger of Buffalo; sister-in-law Delores Czech Tonsberg of Maple Plain; nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Doris Marjorie; brothers Marlyn, and Donald; brother-in-law Charles Rodd; and his special buddy, Blackie.
The family is especially appreciative of the thoughtful concerns and kindness of Dennis Larson and Leonard Kaisalahti.