Roger Joseph Herdina

November 17, 1935 - July 24, 2020

Roger Joseph Herdina

Roger J. Herdina, age 84 of Wyoming, MN passed away on Friday, July 24, 2020 at the Homestead of Anoka.

Roger was born in North Redwood, MN on November 17, 1935 to Joseph G. and Lillian (Dworshak) Herdina.  He grew up in Olivia, MN, attended elementary school at St. Aloysius Catholic School, and attended Olivia High School.  Roger left high school to join the Air Force toward the end of the Korean conflict as a B-52 propeller mechanic.  He was honorably discharged on March 27, 1958.

Following his service in the Air Force, Roger met the love of his life, Rosie.  They married and raised four children together.  He moved his family to southwest Minnesota in 1962 to work for Campbell’s Soup Company for 18 years.  The family lived in the country on a hobby farm, raising horses, chickens, ducks, and turkeys.  In 1980, the family moved to Ham Lake where Roger was employed at the Bureau of Engraving for 17 years.

Roger was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Oak Grove where he served as an usher for many years and loved to have his family carry the gifts.  He enjoyed collecting glassware and wine for the wine baskets at St. Patrick’s CountryFest.  Roger also worked the spring and fall garage sales at church.

Roger is survived by his wife of 61 years, Rosie; children, Susanne (Russell) Wintz, James, Paula (Jeff) Angstadt, Joni Coots; grandchildren, Jessica (Ryan) Thorne, Cory and Casey Forslund, Colton Benesch, Jennifer and Michael Coots, Jacob Angstadt; great-grandchildren, Cru, Harper, and Remi Thorne, Abrianna and Keaton French, and Emilie Willhite; sister, Dorothy Willhite; also many relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred.

A visitation will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 30, 2020 at Thurston-DeShaw Funeral Home, 13817 Jay Street NW, Andover.  Due to health and safety concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, a Private Mass of Christian Burial will be held, as well as private Interment with Full Military Honors at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis.

Arrangements entrusted to Thurston-DeShaw Funeral Home of Andover.

Per CDC guidelines, social distancing and the use of masks are required.


Mass of Christian Burial

Private Funeral


O Loving Father and Savior, send your angels to carry the soul of your servant from this earth to the heavenly place of eternal and everlasting life. Let family and friends who have passed before in faith be reunited in joy with the departed. Forgive any wrongs that have been committed and welcome this beloved spirit into the warm embrace of your unending peace. Amen.