WESTBROOK, Minnesota (STPNS) -- Roger Herrlinger

    A memorial service for Roger Herrlinger was held in Mesa, AZ April 17, 2014. In support of life he has donated his body to medical science.

    Roger, died April 15, 2014 in his Mesa, AZ home.

    He was born at home in Dovray, MN to Max and Ella Herrlinger on Sept 20,1931.

    A natural athlete, Roger started playing “ball” at an early age. He excelled at football, basketball and was an outstanding baseball pitcher starting in high school and continuing all three sports while attending Waldorf Jr College in Forest City, IA and St Olaf College in Northfield, MN. He continued to play “ball” while in the Army stationed at Camp Hale in CO. After discharge from the Army he continued to play on the town teams in Dovery/Westbrook, Appleton and Springfield. He was inducted into Waldorf's Athletic Hall of Fame.

    Roger and Mary were married April 17, 1954. He taught and coached in Milan and Springfield, MN. He then worked for Prudential Life Insurance moving to to Rochester, MN. After 5 years they moved to Viroqua, WI and he began 30 years of teaching. He enjoyed music and  participated in the Waldorf Choir; each towns church choirs; in Viroqua the Barber Shoppers. Roger volunteered and also participated in an ECLA church sponsored trip to Poland. He helped to restore the Temple Theater in Viroqua and built homes for Habitat for Humanity. He was active in the Lions Club serving as Secretary for many years.

    Survivors include his wife Mary; sons Eric, Mesa, AZ, Paul, Janesville, WI, Peter (Dixie), Reno, NV; daughters Beth (Morris) Gatlin, Cleveland, OH, Sara, Woodbury, MN; grandchildren Nikki Gatlin, US Navy stationed in Okinawa, Japan and Alex Gatlin, US Navy stationed in San Diego, CA.

    Preceding him in death were his parents; sister Gene, infant sister Dorothy; one infant daughter Ann.