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Roger StordahlAugust 19, 2017
Roger Dean Stordahl, age 76, passed away Saturday, August 19, 2017 at the Madison Care and Rehab Center in Madison, SD.
Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Thursday, August 24th at Trinity Lutheran Church in Madison. Burial is 2:00 pm at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Sioux Falls. Visitation will begin at noon on Wednesday with the family present from 5-7 PM at the Ellsworth Funeral Home in Madison.
Roger was born February 17, 1941, to Norman and Mabel (Thompson) Stordahl in Sioux Falls, SD, joining his older brother Donald. Roger graduated from Washington High School in 1958 and from Augustana College in 1962 where he earned a business degree and met his bride Rosemary Alice Hill. Roger and Rosemary were married August 17, 1962, in Sioux Falls at First Lutheran Church. They settled in Sioux Falls and had two children, Tamara and Anna. Roger had more than 52 years of experience working in the insurance industry which took the family to Milbank , SD, Ankeny, IA, Council Bluffs, IA, Troy, OH, and finally to Madison, where the Stordahl’s purchased First Madison Insurance Agency. They thoroughly enjoyed the work, the customers, and staff. Roger often commented about the agency that he finally figured out what he wanted to do when he grew up. Rog and Rose made lifelong friends wherever they lived. Roger’s infectious laugh will be remembered by all. He especially loved living on the lake, taking the pontoon out, golfing, entertaining, and participating in many of the social activities the Madison community had to offer. He was a member Trinity Lutheran Church, Madison Golf Club and Lakes Golf Course. Roger was also a member and past president of the Lions Club and Madison Chamber of Commerce. Roger and Rosemary also enjoyed Sons of Norway, various area lutefisk dinners, and attending Augustana Vikings football games. Roger and Rosemary celebrated 50 years of marriage before Rosemary’s death in 2012.
Roger was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Rosemary; his parents, his brother Donald, and an infant baby sister.
Roger is survived by his daughters Tamara (Greg) Fender and Anna Stordahl, grandsons Roger and Wyatt Fender, great grandson Maxwell Fender, and numerous cousins.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly suggests donations to the Lions Camp Gilbert and Diabetes Awareness fund or to Trinity Lutheran Church.