Roger Dale Peters passed away Sunday, Aug. 27, 2023, at 79 years of age surrounded by family.  

     He was born Sept. 27, 1943, in Melrose to Violet (Clair) and Harrison Peters. He married Judy Stirn Sept. 29, 1962, at First Lutheran Church in Blair. 

     Roger was a man of many talents and worked a variety of jobs before he found his calling. He worked a number of labor jobs prior to working at the cheese plant in Blair. He spent some time working as an electrician before moving into logging prior to his employment at Webster Lumber industries in Blair. He managed the Blair mill for a number of years and admitted that his management style was my way or the highway and shared that the best way to get around what you could say regarding employee references was to simply state, “Let’s just say they are the type of employee you are always looking for.”

     Roger and Judy had a mink ranch for many, many years together. His skills from trapping helped much with that business, and it was definitely a family affair as the whole family was involved in the family business. 

     Roger’s family grew first with two sons, Steve and Ryan, who he raised to share his love of all things hunting, fishing and trapping. He made certain that he taught his next generation the things he knew. Just as he and Judy thought they were going to reach empty nester status, their daughter, Nicole, joined the family.  

     In his retirement, Roger started a pheasant hunting preserve with his three children. There were lots of laughs and lots of love during the time the preserve was in business. Anytime you see a pheasant rooster, think of Roger.

     Roger was a storyteller. One never knew for sure whether or not his stories were true or his version of a tall tale. All three children were raised hearing the stories of how, as he walked to school each morning as a child, he would put his milk jar in his back pocket so that he could make sure it fell out of his back pocket and shattered so he didn’t have to actually drink it.  

     While Roger was never one to donate per se to charitable organizations, he had a warm and giving heart. His annual garden was its own version of Feed America. If you stopped by and asked for six ears of corn, you were more likely to get two dozen ears of corn. 

     Roger is survived by his wife of nearly 61 years, Judy; two sons, Steve (Karen) Peters of Ettrick and Ryan (Shari) Peters of Blair; a daughter, Nicole (Cathy Bass) Peters of Blair; three granddaughters, Kaylee (Justin) Waldvogel of Ettrick, Kassie (Chad) Maasen of Blair and Alexa (Chase) Becherer of Menomonie; a grandson, Luke (Brenna) Peters of Hixton; three great-grandchildren, Aspen and Barret Waldvogel and Myla Maasen; a brother, Darwin (Marlene) Peters of rural Blair; many nieces and nephews and close friends and his very special dog, Patty. 

     Roger was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, Ardell (Gaylord) Tollefson, Jannette (Kenny) Johnson and June (Allen) Moen and a granddaughter, Ashley Peters.

     Memorial services were held Thursday, Aug. 31, 2023, at 1 p.m. in Blair Lutheran Church West with Pastor Paul Sannerud officiating. Visitation was Wednesday, Aug, 30, 2023, from 4-7 p.m. in the Jack Funeral Home in Blair and also one hour prior to the service on Thursday.

     Memorials may be designated to the Blair Food Pantry or the Rita Tranberg Memorial “Paying it Forward.”


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