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Roger Lynn Korsmo, Northwood, N.D., passed away as the result of suffering a heart attack Friday, April 2, 2021 at the age of 58. He leaves behind his wife, Becky, along with their children and treasured legacy, Ryan, Riley and his girlfriend, Katie Johnson, and Ryland. Roger was also “Dad” to his beloved furry companion, Izzy, and “Grandpa” to his granddogs, Scooby, Holly, Savage, Shandy, and Matthew. His wife and boys brought him happiness beyond measure. They were his “everything” and a huge source of pride for Roger.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 3 p.m. at Ebenezer Free Lutheran Church in Northwood. A time of visitation will be held prior to the service, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., at the church.
Roger’s parents, Alvin and Mary (Mastrud) Korsmo and brother, Michael, welcomed him into this world when he was born on Sept. 8, 1962 at Northwood. He grew up in Northwood and graduated from Northwood High School as a member of the Class of 1980. (He was later adopted by Becky’s classmates as an honorary member of the Class of 1982.) Roger earned a degree from the Area Vocational Technical Institute in East Grand Forks, Minn.
Roger and the love of his life, Becky Jo Swenson, were married June 20, 1987 at Ebenezer Lutheran Church in Northwood. They left North Dakota for their great adventure in Mesa, Ariz. the day after their wedding.
In Arizona, Roger began his career as an automotive and tire store service manager and store manager. For several years, he and his brother, Mike, worked together, and they were recognized for their exceptional work.
Roger and Becky’s boys were born in Arizona, and after 20 years of making amazing memories there, they decided to return to Northwood, where their three “bucks” could grow up in friendly surroundings, enjoying the small town life that Roger and Becky had known, and making the most of their love for the great outdoors while pursuing their passions for hunting and fishing.
Playing ball with the dogs, cooking and grilling, relaxing at Island Lake and Stump Lake, eating a great meal, woodworking, attending his boys’ sporting events, and spending time with his family members and friends were among the activities Roger enjoyed most. The simple things made him happiest. Game Day, watching the Minnesota Vikings or NDSU Bison play football, was big for him, especially if he could be surrounded by the people and pets he loved. Roger and Becky have always rolled out the red carpet for those who visit their home, and all guests know the Korsmo home is also their home while there. This way of life has been at the center of making great memories and building a network of love and caring for one another, family members and friends alike.
Roger had the biggest heart and he shared it freely with strangers, as well as those who had the good fortune to know him well. He will be missed more than words can say.
He is survived by his wife, Becky; sons, Ryan, Riley (Katie Johnson), and Ryland; mom, Mary Korsmo; brother, Mike and his wife, Betsy, and their children, Allison and Jon; parents-in-law, Charles and Faye Swenson; sisters-in-law, Beth Swenson, Bonnie Swenson, and Beverly Swenson; and nieces and nephews, Christa (Jason) Strand and their children, Sarah (Jayson) Lider and their children, Brayden Irvine, Bailey Irvine, Shawn Gibson, Jack Gibson, and Charlie Gibson; along with numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins, as well as foreign exchange student Marie Skavik, who spent the 2009-2010 school year with the Korsmo family. He was preceded in death by his dad, Alvin.
Roger will be laid to rest at the South Cemetery in rural Northwood. May God grant him eternal peace.
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